Pat Lambie deserves Bok starting berth
Sharks flyhalf Patrick Lambie must surely have worked his way into a Springbok starting berth on the end of year tour following a brilliant performance in Saturday's Currie Cup final.
The number 10 kicked 23 points, to lead the Durban outfit to their 8th Currie Cup title in front of a sold out Newlands crowd.
In rugby, it's the flyhalf that gets referred to as the "general" and it's exactly what Lambie did on Saturday night.
The 23 year old dictated play, worked well with his halfback Charl McLeod as the two ripped through Western Province.
Lambie wasn't entirely flawless though. He missed three penalty kicks at goal, but this shouldn't have been an issue as he made up for it with a composed display of attacking rugby that should surely have left Bok coach Heyneke Meyer wondering why he wasted the youngster's talents this year.
Lambie spent most of his season warming the Springbok bench.
For all the Bok tests in Auckland, Brisbane, Newlands and Ellis Park, Lambie watched from the side lines as Meyer stuck with his tried and trusted Morné Steyn at pivot.
In six tests, Lambie only came off the bench to play a mere 71 minutes of rugby, in my opinion a total waste of a talent, a talent that is surely the future for at least the next 10 years.
The maturity of Lambie shone through on Saturday night, following a very difficult year for him having watched lots of rugby instead of playing it.
It's a given Lambie will make the Springbok squad to tour the north in November, that's not what concerns me.
My question to Heyneke Meyer is, are you going to continue to ignore one of South Africa's best and talented flyhalfs?
I hope not.