The Lions have been struck by a double blow in the front row with the news that both JC Janse van Rensburg and CJ van der Linde will be unavailable for their clash with the Sharks this weekend.
Van der Linde replaced Janse van Rensburg when the big loosehead tore ligaments in his toe in the game against the Hurricanes, but the versatile Springbok left the field shortly afterwards with a groin injury, which also meant uncontested scrums for the rest of the game.
Janse van Rensburg will be out for three months, which is a big loss for the Lions this season considering Van der Linde’s well-known fragility. The Bok front row forward has been spent a significant portion of his career sidelined with injuries and his absence for the next month leaves the Lions a bit short upfront.
Following their heartbreaking late loss to the Hurricanes on Friday the Lions will be determined to step up when they face the Sharks who will be looking for their first victory of the season in Durban this weekend.
The man most likely to fill the void in the No.1 jersey is Jacobie Adriaanse, with University of Johannesburg props Caylib Oosthuizen and Ruan Dreyer also in the frame.
With first-choice hooker Bandise Maku already ruled out with a long-term chest injury the Lions will have to dig deep to match the physical Sharks pack at Kings Park.