Mtawarira sits out Springbok training

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :In the news, Original Content, Springboks on 22 Nov 2010 at 15:57

Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira sat out Springbok training on Monday due to a knee injury suffered in Saturday’s Test against Scotland. The squad otherwise has a clean bill of health

Team doctor Dr Craig Roberts told a media conference that Mtawarira had suffered a mild medial knee ligament strain at Murrayfield and had been rested from training. Dr Roberts said that a decision on whether the player would be available for selection for the Test against England at Twickenham on Saturday would be made later in the week.

Scrum coach Os du Randt said that the squad had options to cover for any absences. “CJ van der Linde covers both prop positions and we have Coenie Oosthuizen who has been making his way as a loosehead,” said Du Randt. “He was a tighthead at school and has the ability to play there in the future but for now it’s better to phase him in as a loosehead, where he made his senior debut as a 19-year-old. He has the talent and the ability to play for the Springboks for a long time.”

Du Randt said the Springboks would use their experience against Scotland to good effect. “They used their defeat by the All Blacks to motivate them against us. We can use the disappointments of Saturday in the same way.

“Our aim is finish the season’s Test match programme on a high and we have that opportunity on Saturday.”

The squad trained on Monday morning with 29 players following the arrival of replacements Charl McLeod (scrumhalf), Bandise Maku (hooker) and Odwa Ndungane (wing).

The team for Saturday’s Test is due to be named on Tuesday.

Issued by SARU Communications


  • This could be a big loss if he has to miss Saturday’s game. Would be interesting to see how Coenie fairs though.

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.11.10 16:12:32 by vanmartin Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld vanmartin
  • Interesting times ahead . . .

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.11.10 16:22:14 by Original Champion Reply
    Original Pierre
  • Hope “Beast” is OK for Saturday! Dying to hear “beeast” ring out around Twik. 😆

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.11.10 16:24:48 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply
    Me2 aka Mama Shark
  • Seeing as we haven’t heard anything to the contrary, I take it the 6 players that were tested for drugs passed.

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.11.10 16:31:42 by McLovin Reply
  • If beast is not fit they will go conservative and put Cj in at 1. Coenie on the bench. Would love to see coenie with a good 30 minutes to go…he should make a big impact with his huge runs, big defence and he also competes well at the breakdown. He is a good talent.

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.11.10 16:48:46 by JJR Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 4) : aren’t the results coming out only next week (like it was last time).

    I am interested to know what players were tested.

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.11.10 16:48:58 by rekinek Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 6) : O yeah. That’s right, thanks. 🙂

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.11.10 16:52:33 by McLovin Reply
  • i hope Beasttttttttt can play on sat will miss him he doesn’t, get well sone Beast its nt good to hear when our players are hurt 🙁

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.11.10 19:27:35 by chaz Reply
  • I have read & listened to all the the excuses about the loss to Scotland & general comments:
    1) Our management is rudderles.
    2) Victor was the captain in the Currie Cup semi against Sharks , hammered up front , Victor was the captain against the Scots hammersd up front (matched).Victor can’t & has not got the forsight to change a game plan or is not allowed to.
    3)I was invited to the launth of John Smits book in December 2009 where he stated “the uninformed about the kicking game”the Bok’s are clueless with the kicking game.
    4)I was taugth that rugby like live is about possion, we kick as an option & hope for the best.
    5)We where tackle behind the advantage line all day long , Jaun De villiers has gone back to the old style of centre play where we bang & not step ,today day most centres can tackle & did.
    6)I paid R500-00 to watch the game against all Blackes @ soccer city , lost , now why should I pay that when scoccer on the same ground Bafana Bafana vs Gana was R60-00 a ticket , MR SA Rugby please get it right , will pay for a decent performance !
    7)England will win should we play our structureless rugby,going to be a tough day.

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.11.10 22:27:24 by Currie Chop Reply
  • Pity if Beast not fit to play – would like to see Coenie ahead of CJ, though.
    @Currie Chop (Comment 9) :
    2) So whould you replace Big Vic with at this stage?
    4) What is “possion”?
    6) Nobody held a gun to your head to buy a ticket, and nobody, surely, promised you a win?? – The answer to that question might not be in line with policy on this site, so let’s leave it there, ok?
    7) Yes, England might win, and that will tick me off right royaly, but not as much as your bad attitude (and atrocious spelling) 🙄
    Go Bokke – show the “nay-sayers” :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.11.10 23:06:38 by diablo Reply

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