South Africa's Sharks will be without captain Pat Lambie for an estimated six to eight weeks after the flyhalf suffered a fractured vertebrae in the warm-up before Saturday's 37-14 Super Rugby victory over the New South Wales Waratahs.
Two tries to Israel Folau was not enough for the NSW Waratahs as they succumbed to their second heavy loss in as many weeks, going down 37-14 to the Sharks in Durban.
The Waratahs are desperate to end their South African tour on a winning note but will be without big lock Will Skelton for the Durban clash.
The Brumbies lost to the Sharks after the buzzer, but would they have been happy with a draw?
The Durban Sharks stole an after-the-siren win against the Brumbies on Saturday night.
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Brumbies outside centre Tevita Kuridrani wants to be a back-line leader this season.
The Brumbies hope Sam Carter's decision to re-sign with the club will help convince other players to do the same.
The Brumbies got bittersweet signing news before their first home game of the season.
ACT Brumbies skipper Sam Carter has signed a new two-year deal but Scott Fardy will leave Canberra this year.
The Brumbies are sticking with combinations but they're still missing a Wallabies prop.
The Brumbies won't dwell on a round-one loss as they channel their energy into chasing a home win on Saturday.
Before a ball was kicked in the 2016 season, I selected the Cronulla Sharks to win this year's premiership. I see no reason to change my opinion at this time.
It's been tempting to play down what Super Rugby's top qualifiers have achieved in recent weeks.
Pat Lambie scored 23 points as the Sharks put on a scintillating first-half display to demolish compatriots the Kings in Durban 53-0.
A last-minute Pat Lambie penalty goal has given the Durban-based Sharks a 25-22 victory over the Jaguares in a Super Rugby thriller in Buenos Aires.
They were outscored three tries to two, but the Chiefs clung on to edge out the Sharks 24-22 in New Plymouth on Friday night to stay top of the Super Rugby table.
Highlanders midfield back Jason Emery has been suspended for four weeks for his collision with airborne Sharks fullback Willie le Roux.
The Highlanders, a man down for most of the match following a red card, have produced a gutsy effort before falling to the Sharks 15-14 and their second successive one-point Super Rugby defeat.
On a night when the Blues had so many reasons to front, they instead dished up a muddled and messy display. Their 23-18 victory over the Sharks was the definition of winning ugly.