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Monday, July 21, 2008

The BEAST flying down the wing in Perth

The BEAST flying down the wing in Perth

One player that provided a glimpse of excitement for disappointed South African fans in Perth on Saturday night was Tendai Mtawarira, affectionately known simply as, The Beast.

The Zimbabwean born prop from the Natal Sharks has come on in leaps and bounds since converting from a flank to the front row. He is now a standout performer whenever he wears that black jersey, and more recently, the green and gold of the Springboks.

Mtawarira made his Test debut against Wales, and ran in for a nice try against Italy the very next week. Hes rapidly becoming a cult hero at Kings Park and around the world, with crowds bellowing BEEEEEEEAST whenever he touches the ball or makes a tackle. Its quite a phenomenon, and one that Beast himself has come to enjoy.

"It is a bit overwhelming. For me, it is very humbling to hear the crowd chant my name. The guys always tease me about it. But it is awesome, hey. You just hear a hum, like a big hum," he said.

He says hes been called Beast since he was 8 or 9, when he was bigger than all the other kids at his Harare primary school.

Late in the game against the Wallabies on the weekend, we saw the Beast take off down the right wing with a run that started close the Springboks tryline and ended after an offload somewhere around the halfway line. It included a handoff, sidestep, shimmy and possibly even a change in direction, and would have made front rowers around the world proud.

There was even a hint of a BEEEEEAST from the Perth crowd, made up partly of the South African expats whove all but taken over the Western Australian city.

He made another short burst, this time up the left wing just before the final whistle, but was stopped successfully and didnt pull out the sidestep on that occasion.

These runs lasted for a matter of seconds, but the impact with fans was huge as we've received many an email requesting to see this footage again. Enjoy.


Time: 01:26

Posted at 6:32 pm | 32 comments

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brian July 21, 2008 10:09 pm

(L) rugbydump (L)

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felix July 21, 2008 10:15 pm

that's great. i thought for a second it was stirling mortlock he skinned on the outside but on closer inspection i think its stephen moore. shame.

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durrie July 21, 2008 10:19 pm

BEEEEEEEEEST!!!Haha...always great to see a front rower on the rampage but the way the crowd has taken to Tendai is something special...his legend is known the rugby world over now...Ole Le Roux was another front rower crowd favorite who played for the Sharks and would cause crowds to erupt every time he touched the ball but "Beast" Tendai Mtawarira seems to have supporters in every Stadium in S.A not just the "Shark Tank"...and after trying to dazzle a winger with his shimmy his flagrant disregard for the skills of the opposition may have just won him international admirers on Sat me thinks...Go the BEEEEEEEEST!!!

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Anonymous July 21, 2008 10:31 pm

lol I love it when a front rower comes out with abit of skill. Although I hear this guy consistently does this kind of thing?

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Sharky July 21, 2008 10:45 pm

Legend. What a run. The best thing about him is that he's really chilled out and humble about the whole thing. A very likeable guy.I've been in the stadium when the roar of BEEEEEST goes out and it's really awesome. Kids, wives, it's fun for everyone. Adds to the occasion. He's a helluva player too, with or without the cool name. Powerful guy, and deepest voice you'll ever hear! lol

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Cheis July 21, 2008 11:05 pm

BEEEAAAASTT!!Great run!!! Great talent (he's still only 22 years old)ps. if you want to hear the real audience respons to the beast touching the ball, check out the Springbokke - italy match here on rugbydump

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Anonymous July 21, 2008 11:59 pm

Love it...Go BEAST!

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Don July 22, 2008 12:06 am

not a bok fan but i got to sayBEEEEAAASSSTTT!!!

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Reagan July 22, 2008 12:12 am

Beast is a legend. As is the case with most Zimbos humble and down to earth. (haha as you can tell I am one too)The game of rugby need more characters like the Beeeast.

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MrClutchCLEVERismyhe July 22, 2008 1:26 am

as Ace Ventura once said, OH AH OH AH, OH AH SHIKACKA!!!

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Anonymous July 22, 2008 1:45 am

man so many amazing zim born players. if they had the proper training in zim, players like him and chavanga wouldnt have to go to SA to pursue rugby and zimbabwe would be a great team!

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Eric July 22, 2008 3:23 am

One Great prop

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jonzi July 22, 2008 6:29 am

howzit, nice to see there are other zimbos on this site!What a pity zims talent has to ply thier trade in other countries, we could have a talented team with the likes of the beast,mujati,chavanga,ngwenya to name a few, even pocock the western force flanker is zim born.

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Greiffel's mom July 22, 2008 8:16 am

Who needs Tonderai Chavanga when yo got beast!

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Greiffel July 22, 2008 8:19 am

Aaah mum well said. Get yourself a real name though and you won't get deleted. :)

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Zimbok July 22, 2008 8:24 am

Garvey, Skinstad... there's a few who could have done well with Zim.BEEEEEEEAST!! (had to say it)Proud to wear the jersey of his adopted country, and making his adopted country proud.

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Anonymous July 22, 2008 10:58 am

bad defense

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12 July 22, 2008 11:04 am

yea that defence was shocking

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Shaft July 22, 2008 11:23 am

Bad defence??! Just like whenever your favourite player scores a try or makes a good run eh? Nothing like being a hater.A 115kg powerful prop would hand most players off. Bad defence my arse. Hope to see Beast in action on the SA leg of the Tri Nations. Should be good.

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bD July 22, 2008 12:03 pm

wait till u see him with the ball in hand during the SA leg of tournament. the crowd wil go mental!! got gas because he used to be a flanker right?

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bD July 22, 2008 12:05 pm

RUGBYDUMP.....He says hes been called Beast says he was 8 or 9, ....isnt meant to be since he was 8 or 9?

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Rugbydump July 22, 2008 12:11 pm

Thanks bd.. late night typo.

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pcasey July 22, 2008 12:59 pm

I think the beast is a legend but will he be picked during the SA leg of the tournament? I assume they've been picking Mujati on the bench because he's able to cover both sides of the scrum but surely the beast is a way better loose head. Does anyone know if Steenkamp could cover the tighthead side if van der Linde had to be substituted?

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ClayOne July 22, 2008 2:56 pm

Steenkamp is strictly a loosehead pcasey

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Anonymous July 22, 2008 6:40 pm

GO BEAAAAAAAAAST you BEAUTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Ben July 22, 2008 8:23 pm

He looks really fast for a man of his size... great runs.

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martin-offload July 22, 2008 10:21 pm

Don't recon it was that bad defence. he is quite quick of the mark and the first one was against Moore, the aussie hooker. He is great with the ball in hand and a crowd favorite, hope he gets more game time back in RSA

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Anonymous July 23, 2008 2:31 am

he is cool, i met him in wellington the night before the all blacks test, he wasnt on the bench so he could be out i guess, anyway he had his hoody up but i recognised him straight away (beeeeeeast) and went to say hi, i always cheer for him

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boomshanka July 23, 2008 6:23 am

i bet he was bigger at 8-9 than i am now ... i thought his nick came from commentators not being able to say his name ... Mtawarira ...hmmm how do you say that?

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madflyhalf July 23, 2008 8:30 pm

great runner, great ball carrier (he was a backrower, right?), and of course a great prop!He's going to be a great star of South Africa!And I hope so! I think S.A. people need it!

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Cheyanqu July 24, 2008 6:19 pm

Speaking of Zims, where is Kennedy Tsimba these days?I guess he's like 34-35, so perhaps retired.I always liked his play, and felt bad that he was boxed out of most test rugby.Back in his day, the tipping point of BS in Zim wasn't as clear.It seems that for these younger guys (born in the early 1980s), they were young enough to move to ZA to build their skills.(Albeit at a much lower frequency), this is the same issue which many of the Pacific Island nations face with NZ and AUS. Many of the best schoolboys have to leave the islands to become the best players they can.In the meantime, BEEEEEEEEEAST

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