Lambie faces tough challenge

2010-08-17 22:51

Stephen Nell

Cape Town – Patrick Lambie is facing his toughest Currie Cup challenge to date when the Sharks square up against Western Province on Saturday.

While WP have been singing the praises of the Sharks’ teenage flyhalf sensation, it remains to be seen whether Willem de Waal is equally impressed.

It’s not a matter of De Waal possessing the same natural talent as Lambie, but his 88% success ratio with his kicks at posts make him as valuable for obvious reasons.

Lambie mostly handles the Sharks’ goalkicking and his 25 out of 37 gives him a slightly more humble success ratio of 68%.

If the match is a thriller – which is often the case when the two top teams in a competition meet – it may well be De Waal’s praises that are sung after the weekend.

It should be added that Lambie has slotted 14 of his last 17 kicks at posts for a success ratio of 82% in the Sharks’ last two games. Sharks coach John Plumtree is therefore unlikely to have sleepless nights about the issue.

Province have also taken note of Lambie’s talent.

“He’s a quality player and any player that appears to have so much time is special,” said WP backline coach Robbie Fleck.

“His decision-making is very good and he will still develop physically. He’s a very promising player and gives the Sharks direction.”

Fleck expects WP and the Sharks’ contrasting styles to lead to tries. Last week’s physical clash against the Bulls did not deliver any tries, though WP’s fans won’t be complaining too much after their team won 15-12.

“The Bulls are very structured, while the Sharks have the ability to rip you apart by keeping the ball alive,” said Fleck.

Meanwhile, exciting under-21 wing JJ Engelbrecht trained in place of the injured Fabian Juries on Saturday and is likely to be in WP’s starting line-up on Saturday. He has played as a substitute for the senior team this year.


  • WP man - 2010-08-18 03:49

    Hierdie outjie is BAIE goed! Ek hoop hul vat hom op die einde vd jaar Boktoer en dat hy dit maak op S14 vlak in 2011.Ek onthou nog goed hoe n "rou" Frans Steyn ons(WP) pap gespeel het eendag op n reendag toe hy net so begin deurkom het en WP die gunstelinge was om te wen daai dag!Hopelik los hy SA se GROOT krisis op no 10 op voor die 2011 WB want ons sal nie die WB wen met Steyn op 10 in NZ nie.Steyn is skaars meer n faktor op Loftus!Die Sharks en WP bring n great klomp spelers deur en al wen nie 1 vd 2 spanne dalk die CB hierdie jaar nie die toekoms lyk goed.Ek het n gevoel die Sharkies gaan ons Saterdag gas gee in Durban.

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  • StormersSupporter - 2010-08-18 06:25

    Robbie is fleck. Lambie is a great player with lots of potential. Will be a good learning experience for him to further grow his talents. This is going to be 1 tough game, and if WP do not step it up, it is going to be a long day in the office. Sharks are looking very good at the moment

  • Piet Verdriet - 2010-08-18 06:53

    Go Sharks - stop the arrogant bergbokkies!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ted - 2010-08-18 07:33

    This is going to be a very interesting match, I simply can't wait. Fleckie should be right on the money: I'm expecting tries from both sides. Engelbrecht getting a start should be interesting too, he is due. Let's see what he does with it. Great weekend of rugby coming up!

  • BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-08-18 07:39

    Will be a TOUGH game, but WP by between 7-10 points!! WP groete!!

  • Piet Parow - 2010-08-18 07:59

    GO JJ!!

  • Koos Kaap - 2010-08-18 08:02

    It should be a walk in the park for the Sharks. If they cannot pull thios one off, they will really need to expedite the buying of players for next season

  • Bulls fan forever - 2010-08-18 08:43

    Sharks by 10 !!!!

  • StormersSupporter - 2010-08-18 09:59

    haha. Funny bulls supporters. WP supporters know this is going to be a tough game. Sharks supporters know its going to be a tough game. Yet bulls supporters think its going to be an easy game for the sharks? LOL. Of course, it is always easy to beat the unbeaten log leaders.

  • xyz - 2010-08-18 11:19

    Interesting. Seems people are always having a go at each other and the teams instead of commenting on the article itself.

  • skywalker - 2010-08-18 15:23

    Lambie's toughest challenge for Bok colours will be Elton Jaantjies... Lambie too pale for a quota imo...

  • RL - 2010-08-18 16:22

    @skywalker - dude what a douche, lambie's biggest problem is that he has inbreads like you supporting him. both jantjes and lambie have grabbed headlines because they've had decent showings in the CC, jantjes more so cause he's team is crap ... anyways up the province

  • skywalker - 2010-08-19 08:56

    @RL just saying it like it is....dumbasses like you need a reality check...Lambie will never get Bok colours whilst Jantjies is playing at ten it AA,BEE or quotas,it's all racism to me.

  • StormersSupporter - 2010-08-19 10:34

    @skywalker. How about every1 stops about Race. Janjies is playing very well at the moment and so is lambie. And that is that.

  • @Bulls fan forever - 2010-08-19 10:47

    Gaan rol n mielie outjie jou p@ep stink!

  • Mike@CapeT - 2010-08-19 23:24

    We need to stop this 'colour against white' business on these blogs and just concentrate on the rugby. There are some damn fine players of all race groups playing these days and it is about time credit was given to all without dragging race into it.

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