Experienced Lambie to lead Sharks squad

2017-01-26 06:02
PHOTO: gallo images Flyhalf Pat Lambie has been retained to lead the Sharks during the upcoming Super Rugby season.

PHOTO: gallo images Flyhalf Pat Lambie has been retained to lead the Sharks during the upcoming Super Rugby season.

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IT comes as no surprise that Sharks coach Robert du Preez has named flyhalf Patrick Lambie as his captain for the upcoming Super Rugby campaign starting later next month in Brisbane.

Moulding a young squad with a handful of exciting players, Du Preez has opted for a seasoned soldier to lead the men into battle. Lambie is known for his inventive style of play, level-headedness and fearless approach on the field, leading by example in often making and taking some of the game’s biggest hits.

With the backing of the older heads in the squad, Du Preez clearly wants a fine balance that has the exuberance of youth mixed with the experience of those who have fought the wars before and have the scars to prove it.

“It’s an obvious choice to select Pat to lead the Sharks as his temperament and character stand tall. He is a natural leader who has been part of the mix for many seasons and besides being popular with the fans, is a great motivation and inspiration for the youngsters in the squad,” said Du Preez.

“He has been through all the ranks to achieve what he has and get to where he is and there is no question he has the qualities and abilities to be a great captain.”

Lambie, a product of Michaelhouse, has played all his rugby in the province and has been in the Sharks mix long enough to understand what it is all about.

“He knows the team, our culture and what we stand for, principles built on a strong work ethic,” said Du Preez. “He leads by example, never avoiding what has to be done and through this he has created an aura of respect and support from those around him.”

Captaincy of the Sharks is not new to Lambie but he respects the franchise, the badge and what he has been appointed to accomplish. “It’s always a huge honour to lead a franchise that is known throughout the rugby world and I thank the Sharks management for their backing,” he said. “I have the honour of leading a young but talented bunch of players.”

Super Rugby is long and tough, perhaps the hardest competition in the sport. Fans expect results and Lambie knows the road ahead will have some surprises.

“Responsibility is vital as a captain and, by working with other leaders in the team, we will support and guide the players as they take on a massive challenge where the pressure to perform is immense,” he said.

“With coach Rob in charge for his first full Super Rugby season, we have worked and continue to work toward an exciting vision built around our core values. Whatever the season brings, we still look forward to the support we have which is instrumental to our success.”

SHARKS’ SUPER RUGBY MATCHES

February 24: v Reds, Suncorp

March 4: v Brumbies, GIO Stadium

March 11: v Waratahs, Kings Park

March 18: v Kings, Kings Park

March 25: v Cheetahs, Bloemfontein

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