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Mon Apr 21 04:05:19 SAST 2014

Lambie desperate for more time on the park

LIAM DEL CARME | 12 September, 2012 07:290 Comments
South Africa Springboks Training Session
Pat Lambie looks on during a Springboks training session at Hale School on September 5, 2012 in Perth, Australia
Image by: Paul Kane / Getty Images

PAT Lambie's 10-minute cameo on Saturday in his Four Nations debut was not enough.

That is how the player himself sees his brief spell for the Boks against the Wallabies in Perth on that day.

In the first two Four Nations tests, both against Argentina, Lambie was a substitute but was not required to play. Coach Heyneke Meyer seldom uses all the reserves.

"I've had an ankle injury and have played 10 minutes of rugby in the last six weeks," he said of the Super 15. "Before that [I played] 80 minutes in the last 10 weeks so I'm feeling fresh and raring to go."

Lambie is burning for a real chance to charm the coach.

"It was nice to get on for 10 minutes but not enough time to do anything. I got the ball a few times and cleaned a few rucks, but there wasn't enough time to do anything.

"I'm desperate for some game time. I'm training hard, maybe even harder than the guys in the starting XV. I'm looking forward to some more game time and making the most of that opportunity."

The player, who was substituted at fullback, would prefer to play flyhalf, but he knows what they say about beggars.

"I just want to be in the starting line-up. Whether that is at fullback or flyhalf doesn't matter.

"It would have been nice to get game time at flyhalf against Argentina. Having said that, if I get even more game at fullback this weekend it will be great."

He will even perform roles that might not come to him naturally. He will jump through hoops.

"As much as I like to run with the ball and take it to the gainline, I have to stick with the game plan. When there is time for me to have a go, I will. When there's not, I won't. I will be doing all I can to impress the coach."

The Springboks take on the All Blacks in Dunedin's indoor arena on Saturday.

Though the elements have been taken out of the equation they are unlikely to move away from their strong pressure kicking game.

"Australia kicked five times more than us but there is a perception that we kick everything away and chase hoping for the best," Lambie said.

"I hope we will get some reward for the kicks we put in on Saturday."

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