Sharks fly-half Pat Lambie admitted to being “a bit nervous” when he returned to action against the Highlanders in their narrow play-off win.
Sharks fly-half Pat Lambie admitted to being “a bit nervous” when returning to action against the Highlanders in their narrow Super Rugby play-off win.
Lambie, who has been out for four months due to injury, came on during the second-half in Dunedin and may start against the Crusaders this week.
Obviously though that is up to head coach Jake White if he wants to move Frans Steyn to centre and then re-jig his backline to accommodate him.
However for Springbok international Lambie, his focus is just on getting game time for his recovery.
“You obviously can't decide when you're going to be fit again and ready to play,” he told the Sharks' official website ahead of Saturday's match.
“Fortunately I got some time on the field, and I was very excited to get back on the field again, a bit nervous even. But the way the team handled the pressure was commendable.”
He added about what he can offer in Christchurch: “I'm just looking to add value as much as I can; I'm happy to fulfil any role in which I'm needed.”
The Sharks will enter AMI Stadium boosted by the knowledge they beat the Crusaders on tour earlier in the season, with Lambie saying it is a positive they can take onto the field.
“The team can definitely take confidence from that victory, it was something no Sharks team had achieved before which means that it is not impossible to win here. I was screaming so loud sitting at home watching that game from my couch that I think the neighbours must have thought someone was dying in my house! It was a very proud moment for all Sharks fans, and in particular, the group representing the Sharks that day,” he revealed.
“They have a strong pack of forwards and they have players with game-breaking ability in the backline. They will be clinical and very disciplined and we will need to be at our very best, execute well and get the basics right, if we want to get the result.”