Sharks and Springboks scrum-half Cobus Reinach is recovering well from his hand injury and hopes to return to action in the Currie Cup.
Reinach has been sidelined since breaking his hand against the Highlanders in Dunedin and returned home from the Sharks' overseas trip, which meant he missed out on three matches on tour and the last two home fixtures.
But the 25-year-old has his sights set on returning to the playing field soon.
“I broke my hand – again,” he told the Sharks' official website.
“It happened when I made a tackle, but I have no idea how it actually happened, and it's a similar incident to last year when I broke my other hand."
The good news is that his recovery is on track and Reinach is able to use his hand again and start his rugby and fitness training after the injury.
“It’s been six weeks after the op and it’s feeling good,” he added.
“I can use my hand, I’ve started passing the ball again and so it’s a case of picking up the basics from where I left off and getting better. I’m also working hard on my fitness – we have a fitness test on June 29 – and I need to be fit then.
“I just want to play; it’s frustrating watching your team-mates play when you can’t take part – only watch – so although a lot of the players are on a break, I just want to get back to the playing field.”
If he’s ready to play in the Currie Cup, he knows that the Sharks' last three Super Rugby matches will stand them in good stead, especially as far as confidence and morale go.
“The season didn’t go as planned and we didn’t have the best year, but we did end it off on a high and hopefully we can take that momentum through into the Currie Cup,” explained Reinach.
Although The Sharks will lose a number of players to the Springbok Rugby World Cup cause, their Currie Cup squad won't to be too short on experience.
“We have a good-looking squad for the Currie Cup, and with the Boks away and not playing any part in the tournament, the young guys will be given the chance to shine and pull it through," added Reinach.
"They have a lot of experience playing Super Rugby which they might not have received if we didn’t have all the injuries.
“The Sharks as an outfit will always be competitive and it’s understandable that the fans weren’t happy, we didn’t have a great Super Rugby campaign, but we are striving on a daily basis to get it right and play the kind of rugby they want to see.”