As meek as a Lambie



November 17, 2016
As meek as a Lambie

OUT OF FORM: Bokke flyhalf Patrick Lambie

Former Bok pivot says drop Pat for Italy Test.

Former Springbok flyhalf Derick Hougaard believes Pat Lambie should be axed from the side for Saturday’s Test against Italy in Florence.

After taking a hit from South African-born Ireland flanker CJ Stander at Newlands on June 11, Lambie was sidelined for long with a concussion, only to return as a shadow of his
former self.

Against the Barbarians in their 31-all draw, Lambie failed to spark the backline and also struggled to click with inside centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg.

The Bok vice captain was then upstaged last weekend by his replacement, Johan Goosen, who provided the oomph for the South African backline to threaten
England in their 37-21 defeat.

Hougaard, who played in eight Tests for the Springboks, tells SuperRugby: “There was some fire when Goosen took the field.

“And maybe it should be an option to play him against Italy.

“We all know his best position is flyhalf, so why aren’t they giving him a chance?”

“Unfortunately Lambie, after his injury, is battling with form – we all know what a classy player he is.”

Another aspect of the Boks’ game that Hougaard wants to see an improvement on is their tactical kicking.

He explains: “The most disappointing thing for me was our tactical kicking.

“We kicked the ball straight down their throats.”

Coetzee, though, will be reluctant to drop his vice captain, but if the Boks want to open up a new dimension in their style of play, it is a must.

Midfielder Damian de Allende admits that during the latter part of the game against England, when Goosen replaced Lambie, things felt good on attack.

He says: “If you look at the last part of the England match then you will see we created chances and scored, and that is what we must do on a more consistent basis.”

Coetzee will name his match 22 today, with the coach already hinting during the week that he will not look to chop and change his starting line-up much.

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