Pat Lambie On The Mend

Pat Lambie is on the mend and hopes to be fully recovered in time to take his place in England at the Rugby World Cup.  Lambie has been touted as the number one flyhalf for South Africa at the tournament but he says he is just focusing on the present right now:  ‘I think it’s every player’s dream to be a part of the World Cup and I’m no different. I’m doing everything that I can to be fit again and make sure that I am selected.  I’d love to contribute and play my part in a successful world cup campaign for the Springboks.’  Lambie was struck down with a neck injury playing for the Sharks during Super Rugby but the 24-year old says he is on the right track:  ‘(The) injury is coming right.  The nature of the injury is not one that you can rush so I’m making sure I tick all the right boxes and doing all my rehab.  I have another check-up in a few weeks’ time and hopefully I get the all clear.’

Showing wisdom beyond his years the Durbanite says:  ‘Injuries are part of the game unfortunately.  I don’t think there’s every really a good time for an injury.  I’m trying to get as much benefit out of this time off as I can.  I’m trying to get rid of all the other niggles and aches and pains.  It’s a time to do a lot of conditioning and get strong and fit.’  Many say knowledge of northern hemisphere conditions will be crucial to the southern hemisphere sides’ chances.  Lambie’s opinion is divided on the matter:  ‘I guess it might be an advantage having played in it before but a World Cup is a very different and a very strange tournament in a way.  Lots of funny things can happen.  You can get the lesser known sides playing way above themselves.  You can get all sorts of funny weather conditions so having played in those conditions before might help but i don’ think it’s a big thing.’  Further to the topic Lambie was a star in the Springboks’ 31-28 win against England at Twickenham in November.

Lambie agrees that that particular occasion is one that will stand him and his teammates in good stead.  He says:  ‘You want to draw on positive experiences and positive memories  and the win at Twickenham last year was one of those for the whole side and hopefully we can draw on that and come out on top.’  On that day Lambie kicked two conversions and three penalties as well as slotting a drop goal.

Heyneke Meyer’s men begin their World Cup campaign on Saturday September 19 in Brighton against Japan.