The Cell C Sharks half-back pairing of Pat Lambie and Cobus Reinach will not feature in the near future of the Vodacom Super Rugby tournament after sustaining injuries against the Bulls on Saturday night.
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Scrumhalf Cobus Reinach has a fractured hand and underwent surgery today (Monday).
He has been confirmed out of action for up to eight weeks which means missing the match against the Waratahs this Saturday at Growthpoint KINGS PARK as well as three matches in April (Lions away and at home to the Cheetahs and Highlanders) and some – if not all – of the tour to Australia and New Zealand where they play the Rebels, Brumbies, Crusaders and Blues in May.
Pat Lambie was initially thought to be out for a similar period but the diagnosis has been confirmed as a torn biceps tendon which means he is not going to play any further role in the Vodacom Super Rugby tournament.
Lambie will undergo surgery later this week with recovery taking up to six months.
The loss of the pair is a huge blow to the Cell C Sharks aspirations. Ahead of the Reds match Director of Rugby Jake White, asked about the partnership of Will Genia and Quade Cooper, warned that all great teams had great nine-ten combinations and that the Reds (with the same partnership featuring for the Wallabies) had one of the best in the tournament.
Likewise, despite their relative youth – Lambie is 23 and Reinach 24 – the pair were starting to deliver exciting performances both individually and as a partnership.
But while White speaks of the nine-ten combination, he also talks of new opportunities. The Cell C Sharks did enjoy a good early run without injuries, and now that they have been affected, must simply do what they knew they would have to at some stage, and that is heads down and get on with the job.
They host the Waratahs this Saturday at Growthpoint KINGS PARK, kick-off is at 17:05.