Lambie to strike low blows

2011-09-15 13:24

Wellington - The fierce Fijians will go to ground if they are tackled the right way, and that is what Springbok fullback Patrick Lambie intends to do on Saturday.

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"Something I was told as a youngster is that everyone's ankles are similar sizes, so you'll find I'll be going for their ankles," said Lambie, the youngest player in the South African squad.

The 20-year-old was named in the Bok team on Wednesday as they go in search of their second victory at the Rugby World Cup in Wellington, New Zealand, after clinching a nail-biting 17-16 win over Wales last week.

Lambie made his Springbok debut on last season's year-end tour against Ireland, and has since played seven Test matches.

He was part of the SA side on the receiving end of a 40-7 Tri-Nations thrashing by the All Blacks in July, at the same Westpac Stadium where they will lock horns with Fiji.

Lambie said his first run at the cake-tin, where he started at flyhalf, had given him a better idea of what international rugby was all about.

"I think the opportunity to play here in the Tri-Nations against the All Blacks was a really big learning experience for me," he said.

Lambie was also included in the team which defeated New Zealand in Port Elizabeth last month, when he started at fullback but had to leave the match in the 22nd minute because of a shoulder injury.

The Sharks' pivot said he had fully recovered from the injury and could not wait to get back on the field.

"I'm really pleased with the progress that I have made with my shoulder and the medical staff are happy as well," Lambie said.

"I was actually given the all clear last week, so I've been raring to go for a couple of weeks now and I'm really glad that I'm in the team this weekend."

While he had not been hampered by sleepless nights, Lambie, when prompted at a media conference, agreed he felt the similar unbridled excitement, on the eve of his World Cup debut, which children experienced the night before Christmas.

"It does feel a little bit like that," he said.

"It is a dream come true to be here, firstly, and secondly to get the opportunity to play is something very special."

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  • Charl - 2011-09-15 13:35

    Please teach Morne Steyn how to tackle properly while you're at it. Come to think of it also invite Pierre Spies while you're busy. Two birds with one stone.

      ryan.a.riley - 2011-09-15 13:44

      two birds indeed

      Moersteen - 2011-09-15 13:50

      LOL Birds indeed

      JohnnyOzzy16 - 2011-09-15 13:50

      Pierre needs schooling in every format of the game... can't believe his low work rate!

      amabok - 2011-09-15 14:14

      Bruce Dundee what are you doing trawling SA websites. Not getting enough loving back home? How those sheep treating you?

      KnowItAll - 2011-09-15 14:17

      Bakkies can kill two stones with one bird!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-15 14:19

      Welcome back "Bruce".

      trevor - 2011-09-15 14:24

      what about your fairy mate jp now he cant tackle

      Durasmart - 2011-09-15 14:29

      I hate it when these rookies open their mouths before the game, because when some big guy runs over him like Lomu did to Mike Catt, who also went in low to tackle him , you become the laughing stock of the world. Keep your mouth shut before the game and let your actions first do the talking on the field, then you can talk afterwards.

      Johnny-BB - 2011-09-15 14:29

      ....luckily Jean de Villiers and Bryan Banana are out... ...weak links in back line... ...their replacements are vast imrovements...!!

      gooinat - 2011-09-15 14:34

      Thanks Durasmart,atleast someone agrees with me:):):)

      MaanDonkie - 2011-09-15 14:34

      Hahahaha this article's headline had the majority of Cape Town boys in extasy!

      Sharkbite - 2011-09-15 14:34

      So Durasmart, is your suggestion that he rather just ignore the interviewer's questions? Lambie does his talking on the field in every single game, he is one of the hardest workers for the Boks, and his tackling is superb!

      bjay - 2011-09-15 14:44

      Charl, what have you got against Pat Lambie? When did he let the Bokke down with his defence? Charl, Charl, answer the question Charl

      Charl - 2011-09-15 14:47

      I'm a big Lambie fan. Read the comment again.

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-15 14:51

      Amabok, Bruce has a point, or can you proof him wrong in what he said? No you can not, so you would rather resort to name calling tststs

      Bruce Dundee - 2011-09-15 15:10

      Amabok, I live in South Africa, for more than a decade already halfcast. What do you mean SAFFA-CAT? I've only made a few comments on this forum a month or so ago until I made this comeback. Didn't think anybody would have noticed.

      Bova007 - 2011-09-15 15:13

      Spies is just there...I never see any cleaning out or agressive play with that oke!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-15 15:16

      C'mon "Bruce".................... or should I say ****** aka ******* aka ******* aka ******. Glad you are back.

      DeonL - 2011-09-15 15:17

      His tackling is below par, but he is a great kicker at the poles. He is like "Naas, 9 - 0" before you run on the field. Go Bokke.

      Bruce Dundee - 2011-09-15 15:21

      I'm sorry SAFFA-CAT but what are you on about? Please enlighten me.

      Durasmart - 2011-09-15 16:26

      @ Sharkbite. I rate Lambie very high, especialy now that he is playing in his natural position of fullback. My comment was that you don't talk before the game about what you are going to do, because if it doesn't come off , you have egg all over your face. He should rather have just replied that he is prepared to put his body on the line for the Boks to try and stop these big Fijian guys, not how easy it will be to do it.

      FJ2 - 2011-09-15 17:42

      Die meeste van julle is 'n klomp tipiese provinsialistiese gathappers. In plaas van om die span wat gekies is te ondersteun, word daar aangehou om sekere ouens af te kraak net omdat hulle van 'n provinsie kom wat julle nie ondersteun nie. Kry julle koppe uit julle holle: dit gaan in hierdie toernooi oor die Bokke en nie jou provinsie nie.

      Kaapie - 2011-09-15 18:08

      And James and Pietersen

      jan du preeaz - 2011-09-15 18:17

      can someone please tell burger to actually run for the gaps and not just straight into the defender all the time, jirre that oke is dom!

      rc8000c - 2011-09-15 18:49

      @ Dura smart uum all Lambie said is he'll be tackling low. Which is what I was taught at school. Not like a majority of the boks who try and tackle around the shoulders etc. not shooting his mouth off I think.

  • gooinat - 2011-09-15 13:36

    Lambie,do us all a favour and do the talking on the field.Its getting a bit irritating with these chaps shooting there mouths off before the game......Go Bokke!!!!!!!

      Charl - 2011-09-15 13:38

      They have to attend the press conferences. Do you expect him not to answer questions directed at him?

      gooinat - 2011-09-15 13:44

      Then if he misses the tackle on Saturday by going higher than the ankles,then he looks like the village idiot.

      Ichabod - 2011-09-15 13:49

      Only to you numbnut.

      gooinat - 2011-09-15 14:02

      Thanks Ichabod,nice comment,dipstick!!!!!

      Sharkbite - 2011-09-15 14:05

      He does the talking on the field every single game.

      John Sha - 2011-09-15 14:12

      Lambie is actually a very modest guy and is too decent and polite not to answer questions put to him

      gooinat - 2011-09-15 14:18

      What holes do all of you all of a sudden creep out from,amazing.:):):)

      Kevin - 2011-09-15 14:34

      Gooinat- Your mother does not love you . Lambie show this nitwit

      Johnny-BB - 2011-09-15 14:34

      ....the Protea players are talking as much rubbish as their coach, PDV... ......boring....

      int1m1d4t0r - 2011-09-15 14:56

      @ gooinat Do you throw in the 'Go Bokke' thing so we wont rag you so much for making a stupid comment. d005

      gooinat - 2011-09-15 15:01

      You can rag me as much as you want,I am a Stormers Fan and a Big Bok Fan and yes wait for it......Go Bokke!!!!!!!!

      roboman1 - 2011-09-15 15:06

      Let us hope that he does not miss a tackle, cause Gooinat is right. Lambie is still a bit green behind the ears when it comes to handling the press, but anyway, it is nice to see his boyish enthusiasm.

  • BlueRaven - 2011-09-15 13:37

    You go Bambie! Hope the rest of the squad listened :) Go Bokke!

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-15 13:42

    Chaps, the penny has dropped with regard to our strategy and our "bench gone viral" selections (Cue my P Divvy voice)...... rightly or wrongly I think our 'coaches' will be indirectly forcing our opposition (in the later stages) to select their teams according to OUR bench, and not our starting 15....For teams like Ireland and NZ, that could be seriously problematic (no jokes....) Who do the Kiwis bring off their bench to combat our bench? Ditto for the Irish? The trick for who the f@rk do we start to combat the Irish and Kiwis for the 1st 50 minutes.......WC strategy: Bench gone viral. We have selected a slow team against we better all hope our forwards smash them stukkend, allowing them NO ball what-so-ever, cos in a footrace...our chaps are going down. Man for man. Thought for the day: If (as expected) our tight five smash the Fijians, and Spies as a result enjoys a few frolicking runs - will people mistake that for FORM?????????????????????????????

      gooinat - 2011-09-15 13:48

      Saffa,I think Spies managing to hold onto a ball then people will deem that as form:):)

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-15 13:50

      Oi Vey @Gooinat :)

      GHT - 2011-09-15 13:54

      They probably will. Everytime Spies runs with the ball, people think he played good, like the final 2 Tri Nations games, completely forgetting that he almost had the worst successful tackle percentage. He also likes to come out of hiding after the opposition 8 has been beaten to a pulp, then he can prance around without a care in the world.

      gooinat - 2011-09-15 13:59

      Whatever that means Saffa,I agree:):):)

      Greegs - 2011-09-15 14:03

      I don't think the other teams necessarily pick teams based on our selections. The NZ'ers have a strong bench as well. For me it's about strategy and game plan. Agreed, we have picked a defensive slow team against Fiji and that does worry me. I also hope the forward can bash them and set up some space....

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-15 14:03

      @GHT - spot on. There is a similar debate on the go in NZ with regard to SBW..... The rugga pundits are split down the middle. The world and it's planets know that I have never 'got' the fascination with's real judging a book by it's 'cover' stuff this Spies obsession. You think are getting a spy thriller filled with action, hits, blood and guts cos of the pic on the cover....yet when you start reading, it is very clear by page 3 that you are stuck in a frilly version of The Princess and the Pea. I am being nasty......and I musn't be. GO THE BOKS - you 2 Pierre, please prove me wrong dude, I have been waiting a heckuva long time. Sigh.

      Tits McGee - 2011-09-15 14:05

      ye, spies does sick of it, we could have player on the field that actually does work, and so the rest of the team dont have to make up for it... imagine if alberts played in his place, then he would make tackles meaning brussow would have to make less and thus have more chance to steal ball....instead he has to make the tackles that spies doesnt...

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-15 14:13

      @Greegs - I don't think other teams care much about what we do either....all I am saying is, P Divvy and Co are going on about our "bench".....that's all they talk about, so it's high up on their 'strategy' list. In terms of selections I saw referring to the following problem opposition 'might' have. E.g. Bissie and Aberts and Danie R on bench for us in the semi (if we get there yes....) - you know those 3 are going to smash you solid for 35 minutes. Who do you as G Henry a) start - cos lets face it, Bakkies and Vic are there as are Schalk and Brussow - so he can't leave Brad Thorne out the starting 15, but he desperately needs a Brad Thorne coming off the bench as well....and the Kiwis to be honest DON'T have 2 Brad Thornes (we do....) They start with Reid......but does he play 80 mins, when Henry knows Alberts is coming on for us with 35 mins to go.....or does he send Vito on - who is like Spies..... etc etc etc. All I am saying, is a bench like ours (currently) WILL pose a few questions to the oppo's coaches.

      bullincapeto - 2011-09-15 14:52

      Saffa have faith, the biggest rugby hustle of all time continues, we will only scape past Fiji and Samoa, all will be revealed in the semi only. Cardinal rule of the hustle is dont give it away until the right time.

      Peter - 2011-09-15 14:53

      Spies like Wynand (Head & Shoulders) Olivier will soon vanish from the Springbok set up, unless he puts together a string of great performances. See Willem Alberts work rate for example, incredible...always in the game in some way or another!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-15 15:02

      @Bullincapto - I have had faith all along......I am just starting to see a little 'method' sin some of the madness, that I haven't seen before :) I still stick to my original SA vs England final prediction (in fact the TYPE of wins the Boks and Poms had over the weekend kind of reinforced my initial feelings even more...)

      Superfish - 2011-09-16 03:36

      Does Anyone remember P Div saying 4 years ago that he wants SA to play "expansive, Dynamic" rugby........... mmmm ok. Same plan as four years ago

  • springbokke - 2011-09-15 13:48

    Please BOKKE , win the next one is so full of bad vibes lately ......Go Bokke.

  • Anneleen - 2011-09-15 13:55

    Cannot wait to see Lambie going for the Fiji players' ankles! Tackle them low, to take our Boks to a high! Go Bokke!!!!! Bring on the games!!!!!

      Shark-Chic - 2011-09-15 14:18

      Cannot wait to see what this "slightly" (not completely) fresher team can do on Saturday! There is a new kid on the bok!!!!!

      amabok - 2011-09-15 14:21

      Bruce Dundee why are you still on SA websites? Still no loving back home? Can't find any sheep or koalas to play with?

      Drewka - 2011-09-15 14:58

      Hey Bruce, we have natural talent in SA rugby. To play for the Boks at the age of 20 is an outstanding achievement for any youngster, and nobody will get to drag him to the tryline on Saturday. Pat's the next BIG thing for the Springboks, he's name would be right up there with Naas Botha, Danie Gerber, Andre Joubert etc. in a few years’ time. Watch this spot!!!!

      Anneleen - 2011-09-15 15:09

      @Shark-Chic, amabok and Drewka...good to read your replies! oops, Bruce Dundee has done a disappearing act...maybe tackled and taken off the field?

      Shark-Chic - 2011-09-15 15:19

      Takled by Lambie perhaps

      Anneleen - 2011-09-15 15:24!!! Like you said, a new kid on the bok!!!!

  • Sharkbite - 2011-09-15 14:20

    Go Lambie! Show them what you're made of! And show Morne how to tackle, and pass, and break the line, while you're at it! GO BOKKE!!!!

  • Phineas Cage - 2011-09-15 14:30

    "I was told as a youngster" when was that - last week?

  • Thefactxxx - 2011-09-15 14:59

    Silence of the Lambie.....

  • Maori - 2011-09-15 15:00

    That's what Bambie also said when he played against the All Blacks in NZ this year.

  • Gerrie Coe - 2011-09-15 15:08

    So back to rugby basics - tackle them by the ankles. Now, PdV, encourage the entire squad to get back to basics and bring the cup back home!

  • popeye - 2011-09-15 15:17

    Boks by two points! Still playing with two spectators on the field, Smit & Spies, thus 13 man playing till they bring on the subs? Luckily third spectator (Habana) watching the game from the sideline this time. Du Preez and Pietersen must also wake-up and sleep before the game!

  • Jacques Ackermann - 2011-09-15 15:35

    Morne Turnstile Steyn.....i hope you are taking notes mate

  • clivegoss - 2011-09-15 16:40

    Abba did a song with the words "does your mamma know that you are out there ?" Mr Lambie sir she can stop worrying because I have . Enloy your game come Saturday

  • Ian Douglas - 2011-09-15 17:45

    Don't worry boys, you'll see Spies make an impact this week. One quiet game and you all turn on him. Wait until he bursts through 4 tackles and scores and his ability to drag an opponent back 5 meters in a tackle or perhaps single handedly throwing a bigger bloke over a ruck! He's a legend, make no mistake. (If you disagree the big man upstairs will nail with you lightning! lol)

  • Rob Jones - 2011-09-15 22:23

    Real brave words from one of the Telly Tubbys lets see if he breaks his jaw or pops his shoulder doing it

  • Sailasa - 2011-09-16 05:54

    Go fiji"go"Guys I believe you will give your best short come Sat.17th. Even though they are the World Chap,but remember they are flesh and blood just like each and everyone of you.Go for it may the Lord give victory to the team that trust in HIM,glory wow"

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