Plumtree praises Lambie

2012-10-13 14:01

Durban - Coach John Plumtree sang the praises of Patrick Lambie after he played a key role in helping the Sharks finish top of the Currie Cup log with a crushing win over Griquas in Durban on Friday night.

Playing at flyhalf, Lambie kicked 17 points and was named man-of-the-match following the 42-3 victory at Kings Park, just days after returning from a frustrating spell with the Springboks.

The 21-year-old was given just 54 minutes in six games under national coach Heyneke Meyer , but returned by playing a full 80 with his club, the first time he had done so since the Super Rugby final on August 4.

"I thought Pattie played well tonight," Plumtree said.

"There were one or two things that were a little bit rusty, but I thought he controlled that game beautifully.

"He got that backline going and I thought he was very composed. So it was a nice start for him."

Asked what he thought of Lambie’s bench role with the Boks, Plumtree said everyone - coaches, players, spectators - saw things differently.

"Pattie’s more determined than ever to prove a point, I guess and what better stage to do it than in a semi-final at home next week."

The Sharks dominated their opponents from Kimberley by scoring five tries in total - Cobus Reinach, Louis Ludik and Lwazi Mvovo all scored in the first half, followed by late efforts from replacements Lubabalo Mtembu and Charl McLeod. "I thought our defence was excellent, our breakdown work was really good, there was some nice fast ball for the backs," said Plumtree.

"Our scrummaging was solid and ultimately our backs were very sharp.

"In the second half I thought we played some outstanding rugby."

The win not only secured them a home semi-final, but also a final should they get there at a venue where they have lost just once during the Currie Cup over the past three seasons.

"Home ground advantage is fantastic, it’s great for our city, it’s great for our supporters," Plumtree said.

"But ultimately it doesn’t really matter if you’re playing against a side that doesn’t really care about where they play.

"I’m sure whoever we play against will come to Durban to play in a semi-final with plenty to play for, so it’s great to be hosting it, but it’s not the be all and end all."

There was one serious injury concern that emerged from the game after in-form winger Odwa Ndungane hobbled off early in the first half with a leg problem.

"We don’t know what it is yet, but we’re a little bit worried about it," Plumtree admitted.


  • ianthe.exall - 2012-10-13 14:05

    H. Meyer-were you watching?

      ron.rielander - 2012-10-13 14:48

      Yes H Bloubril M, were you watching. Put Lambie in at no. 10 and we are already going in the right direction.

      john.bucknall.1 - 2012-10-13 14:56

      I doubt it. His blue shades with the pink frames were misted over from all the sh@te he screams in the walkie! LMFAO. You are the weakest link FO!! WaHa blue (pink) castrated bulls....bottom of the log.

      viva.lebok - 2012-10-13 15:13

      You cannot measure Lambie's performance against the Griquas in a CC game. This is miles apart from Boks vs AB level. Rose looked good at level.

      john.bucknall.1 - 2012-10-13 15:28

      Viva...yet the Griquas took care of the Golden lions!

      macziekpk - 2012-10-13 16:12

      Lambie plays average and the sharks beat the below average griquas. Now he must start flyhalf. Just the other week it was goosen. Then jantjies. Now lambie. Then he plays badly and everyone wants ebersohn or grant or bosman, or whoever is next on the list. Watch lambie crumble next week.

      shayne.r.barker - 2012-10-13 16:50

      I've always said Lambie must play FH. F Steyn next to him. I've always said they have the ability to be a world great pair.

  • christopher.shining - 2012-10-13 14:44

    Heyneke shmeynika...boks are spiralling down...

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-13 15:04

    I'd be very proud if I was Plums. Lambie has played almost no rugby in a while let alone flyhalf and to have a game like that speaks wonders about his character. He's hungry for rugby!!

      viva.lebok - 2012-10-13 15:15

      Lambie couldn't cement the no.10 spot for the Sharks in 2012 and yet all you Lambie lovers think he is a god. Reality is he is far from it. he is a good player but not great.

      gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-13 15:26

      Did you read my comment? I said he had a great game considering he's had very little game time. Haven't called him a rugby god, very little players come close to that status in sa. No flyhalves in sa were as good as Michelak during super15. It's about the flyhalf that puts his hand up now

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-10-13 16:01

      well said gary. hopefully lambie learned a lot from michelak.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-13 16:24

      Lambie is overrated

      gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-13 16:54

      I think Lambie would've learnt a thing or 2 from Michelak. He might not have that french flair but he certainly has the instincts to run a ball. He's only 22, alot of pressure on these young players. Im certain he'll have great super 15 next year at 10

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-13 18:23

      ....Earl Rose is a better flyhalf than Patricia Lambie...

      donavan.boshoff - 2012-10-14 17:28

      Patto will outshine monica steyn next week.

  • nathan.buchner - 2012-10-13 17:50

    Pattie is the only fly half that can tackle,kick at goal and control the game!its just sad that he didn't even get a chance to prove himself agianst the all blacks or even the aussies!hatter gonna hate!

      macziekpk - 2012-10-13 17:56

      Hate it when the hatters hate

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-13 18:39

      ...Patricia Lambie not a good kicker... ...sometimes very bad...

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-13 22:13

      Blou, for a bad kicker, it's amazing that his goal kicking average is so much better than MS this year. And didn't you call for MS to be president because he is suchi a good goal kicker?

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-10-15 07:31

      What is a hatter maczieprick?

  • steveroodt - 2012-10-13 17:52

    Well Done great Game

  • blou.johnny - 2012-10-13 18:33

    ....Patricia Lambie only good at advertising anti-dandruff shampoo on TV... .......on the rugby field he is very average... (and physically small)

      tyrone.jacoby - 2012-10-13 19:14

      You seem starved of attention, thus the 2 year old juvenile delinquent comments, Get off your parents computer kid and go do you school work!!!

      mark.kirkness - 2012-10-13 20:02

      @blou.johnny Do us all a favour you d@@s. Go ask Schalk Burger if Lambie is physically weak. (In case you missed it, Lambie put Schalk flat on his back with a handoff to the chest). And for the record - he only weighs 4kg less than your useless Morne Steyn and still tackles the biggest forwards on the field. What's Morne's excuse? And before you try to ram the merits of a kicking flyhalf down my throat let me remind you that the three most useless Bok sides since 1994 had flyhalves DeBeer, Pretorius and Steyn - these guys only offer a kicking game, and the result show against the top sides. Conversely, our three most successful teams had Stransky, Honibal and James - these guys all offer proper rugby skills with OK kicking. I exclude Naas Botha from this type of argument - the rules were different and his kicking skills were not only good, they were exceptional. The Bok flyhalf doesn't have to be Pat, but it cannot be Morne.

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-10-14 08:57

      Patricia Lambie will outperform Cum Stain any day. Average is better than a flash in the pan, and Patrick's average is a Good Average. I'll take that any day opposed to Steyn who has more up and downs than the Valley of a 1000 Hills. Johnny has taken ill to Isak's fever, past posts readable, current posts BS.

  • tony.perkins.560 - 2012-10-14 01:28

    Why do we bother engaging with this blou johnny? He would not ever want to see an English/Pom at fly half let alone an educated one and sees his kitchen Dutch speaking/shrinking allies as the only ones fit to wear the Bokke shirt = now Protea!

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-10-14 08:50

    Lambie's current performance can shadow Dan Carter. Morne Steyn is not on form, that doesn't make him a bad player, but he is not on form and certainly not on par with Lambie or Jantjies. Lambie's overall play is smoother than Jantjies, picture perfect would be to have them both in the backline. We will see them both in action at Kingspark Sharks / Lions final. BLACK.WHITE.DYNAMITE

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-14 13:36

      You are kidding Right

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-10-14 21:17

      No, neither am I Dances with Wolves.

  • marc.grondein - 2012-10-14 09:36

    Kyle Cooper is the real deal,Strong go forward,great player future Springbok.

  • steven.crofton - 2012-10-14 16:05

    MS can only play one style, and even if he's on form, that style is outdated. I'd pick Goosen, Lambie and Jantjies ahead of him any day.

  • steven.crofton - 2012-10-14 16:07

    Also can't wait to see how Reinach goes at Super rugby level. So far he's seriously impressive.

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