Allister Coetzee might turn out to be a bit of a mad scientist as Springbok coach.
And I think it’s exactly that sort of thinking that will get him and the national team out of their current hole.
With Damian de Allende being released for Currie Cup duty this weekend, there is a possibility that the Springboks might have as many as three fly-halfs starting the match against the Wallabies at Loftus this weekend.
Coetzee said before they left Australasia after the defeat to the All Blacks that he has some tough calls to make.
A lot of pundits and fans believe Elton Jantjies should shoulder the blame for a lot of the wrongs, and rightly so.
But there has always been a gedagte that Jantjies needs experience on his outside – someone who can take the pressure off of him and calm him down when the going gets tough.
And this is where Coetzee might opt to use Pat Lambie this weekend.
Playing Lambie at inside centre will give the Boks the right/left kicking option, it will allow them to have two generals dictating the game and more importantly provide them with more options as to how they want to play.
The Wallabies have done it with Quade Cooper and Bernard Foley, while Dan Carter’s early stint at inside centre for the All Blacks has been well documented in the past.
Then you also have the boot of Johan Goosen at the back, with the strike-running of Willie le Roux coming off the bench.
Juan de Jongh had a decent game on defence against the All Blacks, but his experience wasn’t enough to calm down Jantjies.
And that’s where Lambie, who has captained the Sharks before, will come in.
One problem, though, with the Jantjies-Lambie combo is that it might turn out to be a bit “soft” on defence, but that’s a gamble Coetzee and company will have to take if they want to identify the best combinations going forward.
As for De Allende, it doesn’t look like Coetzee is a big fan of one-trick ponies and “Doogz” will have to find his rhythm pretty soon.