Sharks lose their ‘Beast’ Mtawarira for a month

Sharks’ coach John Plumtree has revealed that their 6-12 loss to the Cheetahs has come with the added cost of losing prop Tendai (the Beast) Mtawarira for a month amongst others.

Plumtree was particularly frustrated with the Sharks third loss of the season as he felt that it was a match they should have won.

“We created plenty of opportunities and I thought we played all the rugby,” Plumtree said.

“I think the Cheetahs played no rugby. They just kicked the ball away all night. We wanted to be a bit more ambitious and as positive as we could, but weren’t entirely accurate.

“Losing tonight’s a big set-back. We needed that win big time before going on tour, but didn’t quite get it and that puts us under a fair bit of pressure now.”

There was also more bad news on the injury front, after Springbok front-rower Tendai Mtawarira sustained a calf injury, while on-loan Lions debutant Andries Coetzee went off with a suspected dislocated shoulder.

Plumtree said the injuries were not ideal ahead of their departure for their four-leg away tour to New Zealand and Australia.

“It’s not looking good for Beast (Mtawarira) and he won’t be on the plane tomorrow.”

“He’s probably out for four weeks,” Plumtree said.

“I was really disappointed about Andries, because I thought he played really well too.”

“He could be out for a couple of months.”

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