Lambie wants second chance to settle as flyhalf

2012-11-13 00:00

SPRINGBOK Pat Lambie reckons he needs another outing at flyhalf against Scotland on Saturday if he is to settle into the job, and coach Heyneke Meyer seems happy to oblige.

Lambie had a patchy first half behind his struggling forwards against Ireland in Dublin at the weekend, but played with greater authority in the second as the Springboks won 16-12.

“I hope I get another chance [against Scotland] because I think I’ll become better if given more time in the position,” Lambie told News24.

“It’s nice to know that Heyneke kept me on the field for 80 minutes to show he believes in me. I want more time in this position so I can grow and give him what he needs.”

Lambie was named as a fullback for the three-Test tour but was chosen at flyhalf ahead of Morné Steyn and Elton Jantjies against Ireland.

“The first half was frustrating and I couldn’t really take control. But it went better in the second half when we were getting over the advantage line.”

Meyer told reporters yesterday that he wanted Lambie to stay on at flyhalf.

“… I would like to back him and give him a chance to gain confidence going forward by building on his performance,” said Meyer.

The Bok coach said he wanted to keep changes to a minimum, but that he could rest centre and captain Jean de Villiers and include Western Province’s Juan de Jongh in the midfield.

“I am thinking of giving Jean a rest this week as he has been struggling with a hamstring injury.

“I still believe fullback is Jaco Taute’s best position, and would love to play him there now, but I don’t want to make too many changes. We need to build momentum and I have a lot of respect for Scotland.”

The Springbok team will be named tomorrow.

The Murrayfield Test kicks off at 4.30 pm (SA time) with Irish referee George Clancy in charge.

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