Lambie gets over his injury

June 17, 2014
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Pat Lambie started the year off full of cheer, with a lady on his arm, a spring in his step, and the promise of regular game-time in his favourite channel.

But halfway through the year, that same arm is in rehabilitation and his lady has seen more of her new husband than she could have bargained for, all thanks to a freak bicep injury against the Bulls in March.

“I think my wife has had just about enough of me now,” Lambie sighed this week.

Lambie’s pain of missing out on game-time would have been felt a little keener on Saturday, as he watched on from the sidelines, as his home stadium hosted the Boks’ first Test of the season.

“There’s never a good time to be injured, and it’s never nice missing out on games for the Sharks or the Springboks,” he explained.

The uncommon nature of his setback meant that the Sharks pivot couldn’t even while away the days with what sportsmen usually get up to when they have time on their hands.

“It has been frustrating sitting out, and also not being able to play golf or even surf for a few months on top of that. The nice thing is that there have been improvements with rehab exercises almost every day,” he said cheerfully.

He even had time to go to his alma mater, for the school’s traditional derby against Hilton. Unsurprisingly, the bashful Lambie was the centre of attention, from fans both young and old.

“That was a special day. I loved being back at Michaelhouse for the big derby. I’ve also learnt to enjoy spending time with fans, taking pictures or giving an autograph. It’s humbling to be able to make a little guy’s day just by giving him a bit of your time,” he smiled.

Lambie was expected to be out for the rest of the Sharks’ Super Rugby campaign, but he has made sufficient progress to give Jake White hope that he may make a welcome return to action in time for the playoffs.

In his absence, then deputising Fred Zeilinga’s subsequent hamstring injury, White has leaned heavily on Frans Steyn at flyhalf, even with the Bok star carrying a niggling knee injury. The stricken Lambie has been a keen observer, and has been impressed by the performances of his teammates, even through adversity on tour.

“It’s been fantastic to see the Sharks doing so well this year, especially on tour. It’s a bit upsetting missing out on all those memories, and I have tried to stay involved as much as possible,” he explained.

The upshot for Lambie, like so many South African players who suffer long-term injuries, is that the rehabilitation process allows them to take a complete break from the game and its demands, both physical and mental.

“There are definitely positives that come with a long lay-off like this. I think it’s important to realise that,” he admitted.

“It has given me a chance to get stuck into gym, and almost have a full, three-month pre-season. Hopefully that goes a long way to keeping me fit in the future. Without the injury, I’m not sure I would have had a chance like this. It does also mean a mental break from the game,” he added.

But, for all the benefits of an unexpected lay-off, the pivot knows where he would rather be, admitting that the yearning to be out on the field has been swelling up over the past few months.

The relentless, lonely sessions of rehab at the Shark Tank, in the morning and afternoon, have been worthwhile, though. Lambie can now see light at the end of the tunnel.

The Sharks, getting to the business end of a campaign of many highs and some unexpected lows, will be heartened by news that their midfield maestro may be back in time for the final stretch of the Super Rugby season.

“My arm is feeling really good. We are hoping to be back sometime in July,” Lambie revealed.

“We are doing everything we can to make that happen. But having said that, I will only play once I am 100 percent recovered,” he warned.

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11 Comments

  1. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    June 18th, 2014 at 8:18 am

    giddy-up…

  2. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    June 18th, 2014 at 9:22 am

    The way Pollard is playing every other 10 should be worried…

  3. avatar Aldo says:
    June 18th, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I dont think so Jacques. It is really nice to see Pollard playing as well as he is, but he needs gametime at superrugby level still and the Bulls extending JLP contract doesnt bode to well for that, allthough I think it is also good that we can rotate the 2.

    As for Lambie, I think there should be a clear way forward. To me our future bok 10′s are Lambie and Pollard, with Lambie being number 1 till Pollard proves himself at superrugby level and Bok level after that. Time should be given to both to find their feet in the Bok squad. Both are great natural footballers. Both are great 10′s. I really am glad that Lambie might be ready come playoffs for the sharks.

  4. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    June 18th, 2014 at 10:26 am

    @Aldo: JLP extension is more for CC i believe because all know Pollard will be brought into the Bok group.

    Lambie is very good and i like him but Pollard gives you that something extra almost like “Lem”

    It is time to start phasing Morne out as the number one and keep him their as number 2 or three in the Bok setup looking at the World Cup. WIth Willie and Pollard think what can be done in this backline.

    For next year you should have Pollard and Lambie with Morne as backup.

  5. avatar DavidS says:
    June 18th, 2014 at 10:43 am

    As long as Moorne is scoring like a machine (top scorer of RWC2012), passing and tackling and taking contact the way he did this past weekend you cannot drop him. He has always rewarded coaches who trust him… and he’s certainly done nothing to justify exclusion.

    Pollard needs two years. Lambie is like Joel Stransky — he never will be the real deal.

  6. avatar Americano says:
    June 18th, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Bunny wrote:
    “WIth Willie and Pollard think what can be done in this backline.”

    I think Cheetahs have Bunny & that’s why they were indifferent to the Goose flying the coop.
    Handy to Cheetahs would be great. Short of that, lambie to Cheetahs would be good for Lambie. Dude needs change of scenery ( isn’t he from Shark-ville?)

    I think he could really come into his own in the khaki-clad Fun-N-Gun environs where the the Messerschmitt & Hendricks hangout.

    Just like those writers that all hung out together in the cafes of Paris in the 20′s & 30′s….its a creativity incubator.

  7. avatar Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa says:
    June 19th, 2014 at 6:23 am

    @Aldo: so much wisdom even from a Bulls supporter…LOL

    Kidding, Lambie is good enough and his has shown in CC finals and has the calm big game temperament. Sure no razzle dazzle but as you guys know by now the coach tells the players the game plan(well this coach at least)

    Give up on injury prone Goose he is a gonna now.

    @DavidS: Wow thats big words, he did drop the point in the RWC. Our fly halves are coached to be limited so harsh call.

  8. avatar Aldo says:
    June 19th, 2014 at 11:37 am

    What do you mean ‘even for a Bulls supporter’? If you’ve ever been to Loftus, you’ll know that Bulls supporter’s know more than the ref about the laws, the coach about the gameplan and rugby supporters in general about the game. :soek:

  9. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    June 19th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Hehehe

  10. avatar Boertjie says:
    June 19th, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    @Aldo:

    :yeahright:

  11. avatar Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa says:
    June 20th, 2014 at 1:14 am

    @Aldo: Yes good burn…

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