Lambie injury a major blow for Sharks

The loss of Lambie will come as major blow as they have already lost the services of other key players.

FILE: Sharks and Springbok player Pat Lambie sends a pass down the line. Picture: Sharks Rugby Facebook Page.

CAPE TOWN - Sharks flyhalf Patrick Lambie has been ruled out for six weeks after suffering a neck injury in last Saturday's loss to the Crusaders.

The loss of Lambie will come as another major blow to the Sharks who have already lost the services of regular captain Bismarck du Plessis, Frans Steyn and Jean Deysel who have all been suspended for lengthy periods.

Du Plessis was banned for four weeks after pleading guilty to kicking a player in their win over the Chiefs two weeks ago.

Steyn picked up a five week ban for his 'tip tackle' on New Zealand flyhalf Aaron Cruden in the same match against the Chiefs.

Deysel, who was the latest Sharks player to find himself on the wrong side of the law, has been banned for seven weeks by SANZAR following foul play in Saturday's humiliating 52-10 loss to the seven-time Super Rugby champions the Crusaders.

The Sharks next face an in-form Lions team in Johannesburg this coming weekend, and can ill afford another defeat.

The Sharks will need to make several personnel changes for that match, which will include a new captain, flyhalf and someone to fill Deysel's position at the side of the ruck.

Following on from a loss like the one suffered at the hands of a rampant Crusaders side on Saturday afternoon, Sharks coach Gary Gold said a period of deep introspection is important.

Lambie, as captain, admitted after the match, "We let ourselves down and we'd like to apologise to our fans, it's not the performance they deserve to watch."

Gold re-iterated those comments at the after-match media conference, saying, "I follow suit and also apologise to our supporters, there is nothing else you can do after a performance like that.

"It is not just the fact that we copped 50 points, it is the manner in which we did. You wait for the spark but it does not come and we gave them a string of soft opportunities. It was just an unacceptable performance. That is all I can say."

(Edited Leeto M Khoza)