Super Rugby

Fassi lauds Lambie's coaching impact at Sharks

Pat Lambie (Gallo Images)
Pat Lambie (Gallo Images)

Ahead of the current Super Rugby season, the Sharks management made a number of good decisions and one of those was to bring in their highly-respected former flyhalf Pat Lambie.

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Late last year, the Sharks hired the retired Springbok player as their tactical and technical kicking consultant and, according to young fullback Aphelele Fassi, the results are there for everyone to see.

Since the arrival of the 29-year-old Lambie, the Sharks, who host the Stormers this Saturday at Kings Park at 15:05, have been deadly with the kick-and-chase aspect of the game.

Even the Stormers defence coach Norman Laker has been quoted in the media as saying, "the Sharks' kick and chase was excellent against the Jaguares and we saw how many contestables they won back; they are a real threat in that regard."

Fassi said Lambie, who was forced to retire at the age of 28 due to concussion symptoms, has done wonders for the side's kicking game.

"What Sean (Everitt, Sharks head coach) and I dealt with going into this campaign was working on my kicking game, my defence as well. Just being able to improve those two," said Fassi.

"Pat plays an important role obviously on my kicking, as well. I think we've worked on a few things and it shows performance-wise. His work is truly there for everyone to see."

Fassi has been in fine form this season and many have tipped him to soon receive that big call to become a Springbok. "I'm very happy with the performances that I continued with from last year into this year," said Fassi.

"My key is always to be consistent in everything that I do and, obviously with the help of the coaching staff and team-mates, the performances are bound to only get better."

Teams:

Sharks

15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am (captain), 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 James Venter, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Ox Nche

Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Le Roux Roets, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Sanele Nohamba, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Madosh Tambwe

Stormers

15 Damian Willemse, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Johan du Toit, 6 Ernst van Rhyn, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain)

Substitutes: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Cobus Wiese, 20 Jaco Coetzee, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Rikus Pretorius, 23 Sergeal Petersen