Beast injury not as bad as Sharks first feared

The Sharks have been given a boost with the news that Beast Mtawarira’s injury from the opening round of Super Rugby is not as bad as it was first feared.

The early diagnosis was that when Mtawarira left the field in pain against the Cheetahs he had a sever injury but scans have now downgraded the injury.

Mtawarira went for a scan on Monday and the result is that his injury has been downgraded from a calf tear to a calf strain.

The injury will still rule Mtawarira out of Super Rugby for the next few weeks it does not constitute a long term injury.

“Losing an international is a big loss to any team, obviously we aren’t happy about losing Beast, but there’s nothing we can do, we have to move on,” said assistant coach Sean Everitt.

“Fortunately we do have a big squad with a lot of depth in that position, so Dale Chadwick steps up and we have a youngster who did very well last year in Thomas du Toit.

“So it’s an opportunity for them to put their hands up.”

The other good news is that captain Bismarck du Plessis has been given the all clear to play and will be available for selection this week.

Du Plessis was given until the last possible moment to take part in the Cheetahs’ match at Kings Park on Saturday, but failed a late fitness test.

Eighthman Ryan Kankowski has also returned from Japan and will undergo a series of fitness and medical tests before he is considered available for selection.

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