Lambie happy to fulfil any role for Sharks

Sharks flyhalf Pat Lambie says that having played for just 12 minutes in his team’s Super Rugby qualifier against the Highlanders he hopes to add more value in their Semi-final.

Lambie has admitted that he was a little nervous when he came off the replacements bench after four months on the side line due to injury but he is happy to have got some game time and gained confidence from being on the field again.

“You obviously can’t decide when you’re going to be fit again and ready to play, ” said Lambie on the Sharks site.

“Fortunately I got some time on the field, and I was very excited to get back on the field again, a bit nervous even. But the way the team handled the pressure was commendable. ”

The twenty-three-year-old fitted straight back into the Sharks backline late in the second half and he says that whether he starts or comes off the bench does not matter as he just wants to be involved.

“I’m just looking to add value as much as I can; I’m happy to fulfil any role in which I am needed. ”

The Sharks have been under pressure to perform in their last two matches which have been against the Stormers and then the Highlanders last week but Lambie feels that last week’s knock-out game has prepared better for this week.

“It was very good how we showed the composure to get the result in the end, ” he said.

“We didn’t make things easy for ourselves, but in saying that, it was a very good Highlanders team that we played against. They scored some great tries and I’m just very pleased that we’re through to the next round.

“The Stormers and Highlanders games were both good preparation for us. But, in saying that, there are no easy games in Super Rugby. “

“We have some work ahead of us this week and we’ll make sure any areas we need to will be addressed on the training pitch to get them right for Saturday. ”

The Sharks headed for New Zealand with some confidence as they won in Christchurch for the first time in Super Rugby earlier this year and while Lambie missed the tour he says the team will look back at that result with pride and take energy from it.

“The team can definitely take confidence from that victory, it was something no other Sharks team had achieved before which means that it is not impossible to win here. “

“I was screaming so loud sitting at home watching that game from my couch that I think the neighbours must have thought someone was dying in my house! It was a very proud moment for all Sharks fans, and in particular, the group representing the Sharks that day. ”

The Crusaders will have the advantage of playing at home and having had an extra week rest but Lambie says that the Sharks have taken confidence from their play off success in 2012 where they flew between Australia and South Africa and won and then had to fly back to New Zealand for the final.

“What has happened in the past is in the past, but certainly we can take confidence out of the fact that this current group has players that were involved two years ago that did all the traveling and reached the final. “

“The majority of this group also came to Christchurch earlier this year and won, and we have won away from home in South Africa as well this year, so we will take as much confidence as possible out of all those positives. ”

While the Sharks have plenty to be confident about Lambie says the Sharks will have to play at their best if they are to beat the seven time Super Rugby champions.

“They have a strong pack of forwards and they have players with game-breaking ability in the backline. “

“They will be clinical and very disciplined and we will need to be at our very best, execute well and get the basics right, if we want to get the result. ”

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