White: Lam­bie is ‘messed around’be­cause of his tal­ents

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NEW SHARKS di­rec­tor of rugby Jake White be­lieves Pa­trick Lam­bie has been ‘messed around’ in his ca­reer, and says he will play fly­half for the Sharks next sea­son.

The 23- year- old, cur­rently on na­tional duty, had raised de­bate about his best po­si­tion over the past year af­ter be­ing fielded at both num­ber 10 and 15.

“Let me say Pat’s a very good tal­ent,” White said. “To be fair to him, be­cause he’s so ta­lented, he can ac­tu­ally be messed around.

“It reminds me of when (ex-Bok back) Brent Rus­sell was here – he could play in many po­si­tions. He’s al­ways on your bench be­cause he’s good enough, but then he tends to never find a po­si­tion he can set­tle in.”

White, though, wanted to put an end to any fur­ther ques­tions – “Pat Lam­bie is go­ing to play at No 10, that’s it,” he said. “He is not go­ing to play any­where else for the Sharks ex­cept at fly­half.”

White was speak­ing af­ter the Sharks re­turned to train­ing this week for the first part of their pre-sea­son pro­gramme, which would run un­til De­cem­ber 20.

They would then train, joined by their na­tional play­ers, on Jan­uary 6 when prepa­ra­tions would be­gin for Su­per Rugby.

The coach planned to sit down with Lam­bie – who had also fea­tured at both fly­half and full­back dur­ing the on­go­ing year- end tour to Europe – and iron out any doubts the young­ster might have in his mind.

“I’ll tell him where he’s go­ing to play and then make sure I give him con­fi­dence and we’ll do ev­ery­thing we can do to make him the best in that po­si­tion.

“What­ever the na­tional coaches do, it’s up to them.

“But I know what role I’m go­ing to give him and we’ll coach him and get him play­ing that role for the Sharks.”

It was dif­fi­cult for any­one to as­sess their progress if they were be­ing shifted around so much, he said.

“It’s im­pos­si­ble for you to im­prove your­self as a player if one week you’re play­ing 10 min­utes as a full­back, the next week you’re start­ing as a fly­half and then the next week you’re on the bench as a util­ity back.

“That makes it im­pos­si­ble for a player to ever be­come bet­ter con­sis­tently.” – Sapa

TOP 10: Pat Lam­bie will be given the as­sur­ance that he will spe­cialise as a fly­half for the Sharks next sea­son.

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