Tries essential for Lambie’s Sharks

Date published: January 14 2016

New Sharks captain Pat Lambie wants his side to produce plenty of attacking rugby in the new Super Rugby season.

Gary Gold's team managed only 37 tries in an 11th-placed finish in the 2015 tournament, a figure Lambie has pinpointed as being too low for the Sharks to compete at the top.

“We have done a lot of research in the pre-season and found that the teams that have done well are the ones that have scored the most tries,” Lambie told The Mercury.

“We want to play an attacking brand of rugby and get some bums on seats at Kings Park.”

Lambie has taken over the captaincy from Bismarck du Plessis and Marco Wentzel for 2016 and the 25-year-old is thrilled by the opportunity to lead the side.

“It is a huge honour to be named captain of a team that has had some great leaders over the decades, and I embrace the responsibility,” Lambie added.

“I have had my share of leadership (at Michaelhouse, where he was the head boy), and captaining teams was not uncomfortable for me.

“But at the Sharks it is not a one-man job – the senior players share the responsibility.

“I am not one for many words, I like to set the example and to be the same person regardless of whether or not I have the captain’s arm band, and I will certainly not treat anybody differently.”