It is likely that Garth April will start at flyhalf for the Sharks against the Hurricanes in Durban on Saturday, with Patrick Lambie making his comeback from long-term injury off the bench.
Director of Rugby at the Sharks, Gary Gold, says: “It was always the plan to bring Garth slowly into Super Rugby, and I think we have got that right.
“Garth was excellent in playing off the bench on tour, and then in starting, and now that we are home, we must be shrewd in who we pick at nine and 10.”
Gold says: “We must be careful with how we bring back Patrick [Lambie]. We have seen how important it is in to have continuity at halfback and how well the Hurricanes have done in that respect.”
The Wellington-based team smashed 50 points past the Lions last weekend, and Gold says his team had digested the result with interest.
He adds: “We return from tour with anything but celebration.
“We do not feel that we did justice to ourselves in taking six log points from the three games.
“We are hugely encouraged by the character we showed but we do not believe that we showed enough against the Chiefs last week to suggest we can win against the form team from New Zealand.”
Meanwhile, scrumhalf Cobus Reinach as been ruled out for nine months with a knee injury.
It’s a massive blow for the Sharks and the Springboks after impressing as a replacement for by veteran Michael Claassens.