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First five-eighths becoming an issue for Springboks

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Sportal.co.nz     15 Apr 2014     Getty Images

The Sharks' Patrick Lambie had appeared the most likely choice to replace Morne Steyn but the torn bicep he suffered has ruled him out of consideration.

Johan Goosen has been making ground with the Cheetahs but is considered to be injury prone and may need a longer run to demonstrate consistency before he gets the call-up.

The pressure is going on Sharks coach Jake White to play Frans Steyn in the role.

It could be a sign for South Africa if he does as the Sharks are not only without Lambie, but they have lost second Fred Zeilinga with a hamstring injury.

White told the Cape Times: "We're not making a big issue of it – it is the nature of this competition that you lose players all the time and you just have to adapt.

"I've said to the players that we can just control what we can control. We unfortunately have guys with bangs and bruises and hamstring pulls, but those are the 'uncontrollables' of Super Rugby."

White, at least, is not without options as Tim Swiel, a young player on the rise, had played for the Sharks in pre-season play and has been a member of the ubeaten Sharks team in the Vodacom Cup.

White said he had not made up his mind who would start at first five-eighths against the Cheetahs this weekend.

"There are a couple of options. It's a choice we have to make. Tim will get some gametime this week, but we will have to see whether he starts or plays off the bench," he said.

"The All Blacks won the World Cup final with their fourth-choice flyhalf, and we have now had four different flyhalves starting this season, so let's see if that is a positive omen," he said.