Sharks suffer Lambie injury blow

The Sharks confirmed they will be without star flyhalf Patrick Lambie for about six months.

Sharks player Pat Lambie. Picture: Alicia Pillay/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Sharks have confirmed they will be without flyhalf Patrick Lambie for the rest of the Super Rugby season.

Sharks team doctor Alan Kourie confirmed that Lambie, who has scored 52 Super Rugby points for the Durban-based outfit so far this season, tore his bicep tendon during the early stages of the loss to the Bulls on Saturday.

The 23-year-old will undergo surgery later this week, and is expected to be out of action for about six months.

Joining Lambie on the side lines will be Cobus Reinach, who was also forced off the field with injury early on against the Bulls. The scrumhalf, who has started all five of the Sharks' Super Rugby fixtures this season, was diagnosed with a fractured hand and underwent surgery on Monday.

The news that Reinach will be out for eight weeks comes as a big blow to the Sharks, as the 24-year-old was in fine form prior to his injury, having scored two tries.

Despite the loss of the pivotal 9/10 combination, the Sharks are confident that their strength and depth will keep them competing at the top end of the Super Rugby table. Fred Zeilinga, Tim Swiel, Jaco van Tonder and even Francois Steyn could step into the number ten jersey, while Charl McLeod is an accomplished scrumhalf that will bring his unique style and flair to the number nine position.

The Sharks will be looking to make up for their bruising defeat to the Bulls when they take on the high-flying New South Wales Waratahs on Saturday at Kings Park.