Patrick Lambie is ready to step into the South Africa No.10 shirt, says Thinus Delport

Last Updated: 16/02/14 1:48pm

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Former Springbok Thinus Delport hailed Patrick Lambie as a worthy successor to Morne Steyn in the South Africa No.10 shirt after the fly-half led the Sharks to an opening Super Rugby victory over the Bulls.

Lambie, who has already won 32 caps for the Springbok, scored a try and kicked 11 points as Jake White's Sharks claimed a 31-16 bonus-point win at Kings Park on Saturday.

"His ability to control the game but also to really play flat and keep that defence under pressure, that is going to be key."
Thinus Delport

Paul Jordaan, Cobus Reinach and Odwa Ndungane also scored tries as former Springboks coach White, who joined the Sharks in the winter following a spell with the Brumbies, enjoyed a satisfying return to South Africa.

Lambie, 23, has filled a variety of positions for the Springboks since making his debut in 2010 but now has the opportunity to usurp Steyn, who is playing his rugby in France with Stade Francais.

Asked if Lambie is ready to be the Springboks' first-choice fly-half, Delport told Sky Sports: "Yes definitely. He has got that all round game.

"There may be questions marks that he is a bit too small, but he is making his tackles, which is all you want from a fly-half, to make those hits because the guys inside him can help out in terms of his physicality.

"His ability to control the game but also to really play flat and keep that defence under pressure, that is going to be key."

On Lambie's performance during the Sharks' victory over the Bulls, Delport said: "I thought Lambie played really well. His ability to attack that Bulls attack was brilliant. He played a lot flatter.

"He was well assisted by Francois Steyn on his outside, just bringing a bit of calmness to their play. Even defensively he stepped up on a couple of occasions to tackle big players. And then he finished with that wonderfully taken try.

"He probably has to work on his consistency with his goalkicking but it was a good run-out for him."

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