SPRINGBOK coach Heyneke Meyer's fixation with Morne Steyn seems to be completely myopic when it comes to looking at Patrick Lambie. It would appear that all he can see is Steyn.
Western Province coach Allister Coetzee's comments regarding the Currie Cup final quoted in The Herald ("WP worried about Sharks' kicking game", October 22) are particularly significant. Coetzee acknowledged that Lambie was the man who drove the Sharks back line and how he controlled the game begged to be added upon.
His all round performance is excellent and he regularly brings down players far bigger than himself, yet he sits on the Boks' bench and if he got a total of 30 minutes playing time in the last five tests it would have been a lot. The question that begs answering is why?
Meyer certainly does not recognise his talent. When comparing Lambie to Steyn, apart from his kicking at the posts, Steyn brings nothing to the Boks side.
He is selected purely for his goal kicking and in the last test against the All Black that was not up to standard as he missed three kickable opportunities. Steyn's defence is very suspect, to say the least, whereas Lambie is deadly on defence.
On attack Steyn very seldom tries to break the advantage line and a gap in the defensive line has to be as big as a barn door before he will take it. Therefore he never puts pressure on the opposition to tackle him.
Lambie, on the other hand, is a constant threat to the opposition and has to be watched all the time. If given half an opportunity he breaks the defensive line as he did against the Cheetahs.
To put it bluntly, Steyn's game is an open book kick – he either kicks or passes and in defence someone else has to cover his channel.
Meyer does and always has favoured Blue Bull players. Hopefully on the "outgoing" tour of Europe Lambie will get the opportunity to stamp his authority on the game.
John Finlayson, Westering, Port Elizabeth