Lambie out for 6-8 weeks

The Springboks pivot started the game despite his discomfort, but was replaced after five minutes by teen talent Curwin Bosch, who went on to score 27 points in the match.

"It is difficult to say exactly the approximate length of recovery will be in Pat's case as he undergoes further scans, but his return is estimated at six to eight weeks," Sharks team doctor Alan Kourie said on Monday (NZT Tuesday).

Shane Flanagan sheds light on potential Segeyaro signing

Segeyaro is said to be looking for an NRL return, but is still contracted to Super League side Leeds.

With veteran Michael Ennis announcing his shock retirement last year, Flanagan says he still hasn’t decided on a replacement, but wouldn’t rule out making a play for former Cowboys and Panthers rake Segeyaro.

“We have spoken to James but we believe he’s got a contract in place with Leeds, so he’s got to deal with that before he does anything with our club,” Flanagan told Sky Sports Radio.

Sharks smash Cowboys to advance to GF

Long-suffering Shire fans will see their team contest a decider in a united competition for just the third time – and the first since 1978 – following the convincing 32-20 win in front of a huge crowd of 36,717 almost entirely home fans at Allianz Stadium on Friday night.

 book themselves into a Grand Final 20 years after their last decider.

Sharks boosted by skipper's return

Sharks skipper Gallen and Tagataese, both having completed training yesterday, are set to return from respective back and shoulder injuries to take their place against the Cowboys.

Gallen missed Cronulla's qualifying-final win over Canberra a fortnight ago, while Tagataese hasn't played for five weeks.

North Queensland have also rushed Kane Linnett straight back into the centres. He's overcame a hamstring injury that had kept him out of last week's semi-final win over Brisbane.

Hurricanes trounce Sharks

The hosts overcame one of the tightest defences in the competition despite appallingly wet conditions in the New Zealand capital, condemning the Sharks to the ignominy of being the first side to be held scoreless in a Super Rugby playoff.

Tries from prop Loni Uhila and fullback James Marshall in four minutes of the first half put the visitors well on the back foot and winger Jason Woodward and lock Vaea Fifita crossed inside two minutes of the second to seal the win.

Julian Savea dropped for Canes' quarter-final

RNZ reports Savea has been named on the bench for Saturday night's match in Wellington, with Jason Woodward preferred to start on the left wing.

Woodward moves from centre, with Matt Proctor returning to start after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Props Loni Uhila and Ben May come into the front row.

Uhila starts at loosehead prop in place of Reggie Goodes, who was unavailable for selection after leaving the field with concussion during the final match of the regular season against the Crusaders in Christchurch last weekend.

The one game that torments Luke Douglas

Game No.100 was a loss to the Warriors, game No.200 a rare Titans win over Brisbane but as he prepares for game No.250 on Sunday there is one game that still haunts Luke Douglas to this day.

It was game No.74 of a career now in its 11th season and was an agonising exit in finals football, a place Douglas has been unable to visit again in the seven years that have since passed.