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Lambie: Boks out to exorcise 2011 quarterfinal demons

Lambie started at fullback in that side as the Boks were bundled out of the competition by the Wallabies.

Springbok flyhalf Patrick Lambie. Picture: EWN/ Anthony Molyneaux

LONDON - Springbok flyhalf Pat Lambie is looking to this Saturday's World Cup quarterfinal against Wales to exorcise one of the demons of his rugby past - their loss at the same stage to Australia in 2011.

Lambie started at fullback in that side as the Boks were bundled out of the competition by the Wallabies, 11-9 in Wellington.

The Sharks flyhalf is vying with Handre Pollard for the berth against Wales this weekend.

He says 2011 is firmly in the past but he'll draw from that experience.

"That was one of the lowlights of my career. Obviously we had huge expectations; it was very disappointing. So I guess we know what that feels like and we definitely don't want to repeat that."

The Welsh coaching staff have talked up the psychological impact their win over the Boks in 2014 will have, but Lambie's not too fussed.

"I think that what happened in the past needs to stay in the past. Saturday is all that counts now. Obviously we'll have a look at what happened in Cardiff back in November last year and try learn from those experiences."

Lambie says that Wales have impressed him with how they've come through their tough pool.

Springbok wing Bryan Habana could break Jonah Lomu's record of 15 world cup tries plus move clear of David Campese into 2nd spot on the all time scorers list, Lambie says it's an honour to play with him.

"I've looked up to Bryan for a long time now both before I left school and since. I've been very fortunate to play with him on a number of occasions and he's a great role model and example not only for other players in the group but for youngsters all around the world, I feel very privileged to have played with him."

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