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Beast: I used to be a bully


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 13 Jun 2008 at 10:15
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Ask the newest Springbok nicely and he will tell you he is a reformed bully with a heart of gold.

But Tendai Mtawarira, who was on Thursday named in the Springbok squad for the second Test against Wales at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday, was given the nickname “Beast” for a reason, writes Kevin McCallum on IOL.

“I’ve had the name Beast since I was nine years old. I was a bit of a bully,” said Mtawarira.

“I didn’t get called that because of my good nature, but as you can see, I’ve become nicer these days. It’s stuck with me from Zimbabwe. Everyone calls me Beast.”

Except for his mother, Bertha, whom he called in mid-week to tell her he would be pulling on the No 1 jersey for South Africa.

She has been an inspiration to the 22-year-old, 1,88m, 112kg loosehead prop, who was still trying to come to terms with being selected.

“I was told that they were thinking of picking me and I should stay in the right frame of mind. I’ve been so excited the entire week, it’s been amazing,” said Mtawarira.

Fellow Zimbabwean Brian Mujati, the Stormers tighthead, made his debut for the Springboks last week. The two Peterhouse old boys have had much to talk about.

“We both wanted to get to this level and pull on the Bok jersey, and we can’t believe how quickly it has happened. You know South Africa has been really good to us and we want to do our best for the country,” said Mtawarira.

Mujati and Gurthro Steenkamp have been dropped from the front row in a scrum that struggled to compete with Wales and an all-Sharks front row has been installed. The Beast will be playing alongside bok captain John Smit and BJ Botha.

“It’s always difficult to go into your first game with different players, getting the synergy right, getting the hit just right,” said Mtawarira.

We’re really up for it this week after we struggled last week. It’s a bonus knowing John and BJ and having them beside me. I played with John last year and he was awesome to me.”



19 Comments

  • Not much said about these two’s days in the same team at school?

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.06.08 10:25:38 by bryce_in_oz Reply
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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 1) : were they? Mujati is a good few years older, isn’t he?

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.06.08 10:30:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • A real classy bloke this – just hope he can get mean when its needed – ala CJ.

    I really think he will be a future star – he is incredibly strong, motivated, and judging by the massive increase in his scrumming technique this year, a smart lad to boot.

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.06.08 10:35:07 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Mujati is a year older than him but Beast got transfered to Peterhouse a year after Mujati left.

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.06.08 10:46:32 by wpw Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 3) : well grounded. Very religious as well. Doesn’t get ahead of himself, no arrogance. I think he’ll be a great.

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.06.08 10:46:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : cool – thanks

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.06.08 10:47:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) :

    Did you make that up…lol?

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.06.08 11:01:07 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 7) : was also wondering ;)

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.06.08 11:03:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • No, i read it in this months SA Rugby or SASI magazine. :cool:

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.06.08 11:06:07 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 9) : you can afford magazines in the current economic climate? Impressive!

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.06.08 11:09:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob

    Does it look like this is a site where we discuss ‘the current economic climate’ and all? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.06.08 11:25:38 by wpw Reply
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  • 22 years old.

    Crikey.

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.06.08 11:31:44 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 11) : you just don’t want to own up that you only read magazines in the waiting room at the clinic ;)

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.06.08 11:45:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • lmao :lol:

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.06.08 11:47:28 by wpw Reply
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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 1) :

    Why…they were not both props then (Tendai was a flank) and Mujati is older than Tendai if not mistaken!??!

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.06.08 12:28:50 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 15) : Same school, only one year difference and plenty year 11′s play for the first team… yet there hadn’t been much mention of the two Peterhouse boy’s making the Bok’s and some stories from their school days… was only wondering… but Wes has cleared it up… they did not go to school together…

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.06.08 12:57:45 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • Beast: “I was a bit of a bully”

    Went to the right province then mate, they are all a bit windgat!

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.06.08 13:12:53 by MorneN Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 17) :

    Yeah, now if you know of a player who likes to touch other players bums or kiss intimately on scoring a try, send them to join Bolla at WP.
    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.06.08 13:18:54 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 17) :

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.06.08 13:19:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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