Pat Lambie’s line-kicking is one of the most improved aspects of his flyhalf play, not that he has had particularly noteworthy chinks in his armour.
But it takes a special amount of accuracy to pick out a cup of tea among onlookers seated in the stands.
That is what Lambie did at yesterday’s training session, and after spoiling part of a cleaner’s lunch, he sheepishly jogged across and apologised while fellow flyhalf Lionel Cronje saw the funny side of Lambie’s unforced error.
Lambie’s chirpy smile did not mirror the conservative nature the Sharks need to shrug off ahead of their Super Rugby campaign. The quest begins on Saturday against the Cheetahs at King’s Park.
Thre is a lot at stake for Lambie as a standout Super Rugby campaign could help make up Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer’s mind about who should be first-choice flyhalf.
Lambie missed both the Cheetahs games last year, but views them as a team that have a lot to prove, especially as they were not able to improve on their excellent 2013 season.
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