Super Rugby: Sharks fly-half Patrick Lambie finished for season
Sharks fly-half Patrick Lambie will miss the rest of the Super Rugby season with torn biceps.
Last Updated: 25/03/14 9:28am
Lambie was only expected to miss six weeks with the injury he sustained against the Bulls on Saturday, but scans have revealed the damage is more serious than first thought.
The news is a massive blow to Sharks coach Jake White, who had been relying on Lambie and Frans Steyn as twin play-makers.
And it comes hot on the heels of confirmation scrum-half Cobus Reinach will miss eight weeks after fracturing his hand in the 23-19 defeat at Loftus Versfeld.
White has to choose between Fred Zeilinga and Tim Swiel as Lambie's replacement with Charl McLeod likely to take the No 9 jersey.
"Losing your nine and 10 so early in a game does hurt - and this takes nothing away from the guys who came on and tried their best - but it's not the same [as starting]," White said.
"We had spent two-thirds of the week training with the one combination of Pat and Cobus, and probably less than a third with Tim and Charl, purely because that is the nature of how you practise. So to lose both did not help."