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Half a ton of half appearances


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 29 Oct 2015 at 09:15
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It’s perhaps fitting, in a rather sad way, that Patrick Lambie will (in all likelihood) earn his 50th Springbok cap wearing a replacements jersey. Why, after all, should this cap be any different to all the others?

At a time when we – as Pat’s supporters – should be rejoicing in the momentous occasion of him becoming only the 31st player in history to reach the milestone of 50 caps for the Springboks, we are instead left holding our heads and wringing our hands in frustration as he is yet again sidelined in favour of less able players.

Lambie may be climbing the list of total appearances for the Boks at a steady rate, but there’s another, perhaps less desirable list that he’s making his way up far more rapidly; that of the player with the most test appearances as a substitute. In 49 tests to date, Lambie has played off the bench in 32 of them (tomorrow will be his 33rd). That’s just 17 starts in a shade under 5 years of test rugby (with the bulk of those years spend under Heyneke Meyer). Of those 17 starts, Lambie has been handed the number 10 jersey on just 10 occasions (five fewer than Handre Pollard) wit the other seven starts coming at fullback.

Lambie has just turned 25 and as such will be the youngest player ever to achieve the feat of 50 Bok caps (beating Frans Steyn’s record by a few months). The truly frightening thing is that he could easily play the team for another ten years (if the injury gods are kind) and end up well in excess of the 150 mark; if that is to happen, though, one feels that a new Springbok coaching team is going to have to come in, one that backs this truly phenomenal player to start and perform on the Test stage.

Is Pat Lambie going to stick around to watch another 50 test matches from the bench? Hell, I wouldn’t….



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