Boks in UK

Lambie set to start at No 10

2012-11-05 22:00
Patrick Lambie (Getty Images)
Cape Town - Patrick Lambie looks set to start at flyhalf for the Springboks in their Test against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.

According to Beeld's website, Lambie trained at flyhalf during the Springboks' training session at the Blackrock College Rugby Club on Monday and should start at pivot ahead of Morné Steyn and Elton Jantjies.

Meyer last week indicated he would give Lambie a chance at flyhalf on this tour. "He is tried and tested at Super Rugby level but I want to go forward with two flyhalves from here and I want to use this opportunity to see what Pat can do at this level," Meyer was quoted as saying last week.

The Bok coach said on Monday he is excited about the future of the No 10 position in South Africa.

"We probably have the best generation of young flyhalves in South Africa in the past decade. They just need to get chances," said Meyer, referring to Lambie, Jantjies and the injured Johan Goosen.

"The big test is to play in conditions like we'll be encountering now. All three of them are good runners and ball distributors. However, it is important, with the 2015 World Cup in mind, that they can play a clever tactical game."

Meanwhile, Bok skipper Jean de Villiers and flank Francois Louw trained on their own next to the field. De Villiers is still recovering from a hamstring injury but should be ready to tackle the Irish. Louw has a neck injury and his chances of being ready now look slim, which should see Marcell Coetzee start in his place.

After the Test against Ireland on Saturday, the Boks face Scotland a week later in Edinburgh before concluding their tour against England in London on November 24.

HAVE YOUR SAY: Who of the three flyhalves in Heyneke Meyer's Springbok end of year squad - Morne Steyn, Elton Jantjies, Patrick Lambie - would you like to see start Saturday's Test against Ireland in Dublin? Send your thoughts to Sport24.


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