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Lambie injury a blow for Sharks, South Africa

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Sportal.co.nz     24 Mar 2014     Getty Images

Lambie will miss the rest of the Investec Super Rugby season and part of the Rugby Championship after suffering a torn biceps tendon six minutes into the Sharks loss to the Bulls in Pretoria at the weekend.

Sharks management said Lambie would have surgery later this week and be out for about six months.

Initially, coach Jake White said he expected Lambie to be out for five weeks but scans on Monday revealed the worst for the man leading the race to wear the No.10 jersey for the Springboks.

Lambie's loss has hit the Sharks' hopes of competition success just two weeks after they lost key lock Pieter-Steph du Toit for the rest of the season with a knee injury while halfback Cobus Reinach is out for eight weeks with a broken hand.

Meanwhile, White, the Springboks coach when they won the World Cup in 2007, poured water on whether Victor Matfield, a key member of that side, could be a powerhouse again in the South African pack after making a comeback from retirement this year.

While Matfield had assumed the captaincy of the Bulls in the absence of Flip van der Merwe, and had seen the side dominate the lineouts he was not the player of old.

"He is not close to the Victor I coached. He was 30 years old back then.

"There is no doubt that he can still add value," he told the Beeld website.

"He brings a calmness and knows the game. And he disrupted us in the lineouts.

"He was man-of-the-match in the World Cup final [in 2007]. What he offers the team now is very different than when he was in his prime," he said.