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Boks v Wales: 3 tasty duels

2013-11-08 14:07
Patrick Lambie (Gallo Images)
Cape Town – Whenever South Africa tackle Wales, it is a meeting of mighty, revered rugby cultures regardless of how the teams are looking in the lead-up.

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It’s pretty simple: Welsh fans will be banking on their fullback to bang over his goal attempts unfailingly. After all, celebrated British sportswriter James Lawton wrote earlier this year: “His accuracy is as inevitable as death and taxes.” No 15 rival Lambie, meanwhile, will only be the back-up place-kicker to flyhalf Morne Steyn, but so many South African eyes will focus on his general performance in the last line of defence, where he’s been a slightly curveball (yet perhaps delightfully so?) selection ahead of Zane Kirchner. Halfpenny was player of the series on the British and Irish Lions’ successful tour Down Under this year; that’s how good he is. Like Lambie, his ball-in-hand play is a sprightly aspect of his make-up, and the two fullbacks have other things in common like similar physical stature (as both their surnames hints, not terribly big!) and relative youth.

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