Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
2 minute read
10 Feb 2014
6:04 am

Lambie ‘could be our Dan Carter’

Rudolph Jacobs

Sharks flyhalf Pat Lambie could be the South African version of All Black great Dan Carter or the Wallabies' Stephen Larkham, says Jake White.

PIVOT. Pat Lambie, above, has a chance to impress Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer at Murrayfield tomorrow. Picture: Gallo Images.

Lambie was a genius at No 10 for the Sharks in their Super Rugby warm-up game against the Lions at Ellis Park last Friday and White, the Sharks’ director of rugby, see him as the pivot who could take the team to great heights.

Although Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer prefers Lambie at fullback, White says that he will persist in fielding the star in the position he feels suits him best – flyhalf.

“I really rate Pat and he gets great confidence of having Frans (Steyn) next to him,” said White.

“You never saw Dan Carter being moved to fullback and neither Stephen Larkham, I’m definitely not going to mess Pat around.”

White also singled out Steyn, who scored the Sharks’ fifth try on the stroke of halftime to send the team into the changerooms with a 31-0 lead.

“Look, Frans hasn’t played for four, five months and when I spoke to him afterwards he said he got such a fright because that was the first clean linebreak he’s had for about eight months,” said White.

“But he is such a phenomenon, he only played for 40 minutes, but he is such a calm player under the greatest pressure possible – he is going to be very important to us.”

With the Sharks opening their campaign against the Bulls this weekend at home White also introduced wing S’bura Sithole in the outside centre position and was extremely happy how the youngster performed.

“He could become a Bok in that position, it’s the first time that he has played in that position, he got an opportunity and he grabbed it with both hands, he really looked good out there,” he said.

But, added White, last year’s final for the Brumbies against the Chiefs showed him a team need more than just 22 to survive in this competition.