Radebe pays tribute to mentor Lambie

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:06
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INTERVIEW: Inny-Christian Radebe says Springbok flyhalf Patrick Lambie has played a big role in his growth as a player at the Sharks.

Radebe has been Sharks head coach Robert du Preez's preferred choice in the No.10 jersey in the Currie Cup.

The 21-year-old has started in three of the Sharks four matches and he has produced some solid performances.

Lambie, who is still making his way back to the playing field from a lengthy lay-off, has been Radebe's hero for a number of years and he has been helping the youngster develop in senior rugby behind the scenes at the Sharks.  

"I have looked up to Pat [Patrick Lambie] since I was 15 or 16-years-old and to be rubbing shoulders with him is hugely beneficial for my career," Radebe told reporters in Durban.

"Pat has played a big part in mentoring me. When I made mistakes and if there is something I am unsure about I go straight to him. 

"He has played a big part in helping me ease into senior rugby."

Radebe, who has been with Sharks since leaving school, was hoping to make an impact earlier this year in Super Rugby, but injuries stifled his progress. 

"I think when the year started I was very excited as I was hoping to get a chance at Super Rugby level. But I had a few injuries that held me back a little bit. 

"It was not the season I was hoping for, but get my break now in Currie Cup is something that I am really enjoying," he added.

The Sharks are currently unbeaten in this year's Currie Cup campaign with four wins from four. Their 26-19 win over the Blue Bulls was their toughest test of the tournament so far and Radebe believes it will put them in good stead for the rest of the competition. 

"I think that [win] was hugely important for us," he added. "We played three of the smaller unions in our first three matches. 

"It [the Bulls match] was a test for us to see where we are in the competition. It helped us hugely and gave us a positive boost in the right direction."

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