Durban based Super Rugby franchise the Sharks look to have paid a price for their pre-season victory over European Champions Toulon as Pat Lambie is set to miss the start of the season.
Springbok flyhalf and Sharks captain Lambies was forced to leave the field shortly before half time and it is understood that he suffered an AC (shoulder joint) injury.
Lambie has been troubled by a number of serious injuries in recent years and in 2014 he tore a bicep early in the season and then in 2015 he was kept on the sidelines for a lengthy spell due to a neck injury.
The Sharks captain’s latest injury is not the only one that the Durban franchise suffered over the weekend and along with Lambie, Giant Mtyanda, Francois Kleinhans and Ruan Botha have all been added to the injured list.
Sharks Director of Rugby said that the quartet are, “big losses for us. They will all be assessed and we’ll know more once the’ve undergone scans.”
While the Sharks wait for more information on Lambie’s injury there are concerns that it is a grade 3 injury which would rule him out for eight weeks.
Aside from the injuries Gold said that there were facets of the game that he found pleasing.
“For a first hit-out, I was really pleased with certain aspects of the game,” said Gold.
“I was particularly happy with our composure and the ability to score as many tries as we did.”
The Sharks second match on tour is against Toulouse on Thursday 11 February.