The Sharks have been dealt a sizeable blow with the news that highly-rated fly-half Pat Lambie's Super Rugby season is over.
Lambie picked up a knock early on in the Durban-based franchise's narrow defeat to the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld, and though the initial prognosis was not too severe, it has been confirmed the pivot has torn a biceps tendon.
That rules Lambie out for the remainder of the Sharks' campaign, with the recovery period likely to take around six months after surgery later this week.
Scrum-half Cobus Reinach picked up a fractured hand during the same match and underwent surgery on Monday.
He will be out of action for up to eight weeks which means he misses the match against the Waratahs this Saturday at 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 the Sharks play the Rebels, Brumbies, Crusaders and Blues in May.