Botha backs Lambie at 10

Date published: November 15 2016

It’s time for one of the Springbok fly-halves to step up and make the number 10 jersey their own, says Naas Botha.

The rest must then compete for the right to be second in line, Springbok legend Botha told Netwerk24.

Botha’s comments come after Pat Lambie’s lukewarm performance against England. Lambie was replaced with Johan Goosen early in the second half which resulted in an improved Bok performance.

However, Botha believes Lambie should be backed at fly-half because he is the best option at the moment.

Lambie is still finding his feet after an injury hit season. He suffered a shoulder injury in February and then missed three months with concussion after a blow to the head in the first Test against Ireland in June.

“Lambie was injured for a long time and didn’t play a lot of Currie Cup rugby. The only time we really saw him in action was against the Barbarians and England.

“To me he looks uncertain, playing without confidence and he’s out of form. How does any player get his confidence back? He plays until het gets it.”

Botha said he would also consider Johan Goosen at fly-half, but warned that the versatile back is not the first-choice number 10 at Racing 92.

“Daniel Carter is the first-choice fly-half so they use Goosen at centre and full-back. That’s why we don’t really know where he is at his best. When he got picked for the Springboks the first time, he was brilliant at fly-half, but then he got injured and took a long time before he played for the Boks again.

“We are in a modern era. Do you want to tell me we can’t get 15 specialists together. That would be proof that there is a problem with the system,” Botha said.