Sharks coach Robert du Preez and captain Louis Schreuder have heaped praise on veteran rugby prop Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira.
The 33-year-old Zimbabwe-born “Beast”, as he is affectionately known, will equal former Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss as the most-capped South African in Super Rugby history when the Sharks take on the Bulls in Durban today.
After that match, Mtawarira and Strauss would have both featured in 156 Super Rugby fixtures, and “Beast” will be expected to make that record his own in next weekend’s clash against the Lions at Ellis Park.
Strauss represented the Cheetahs and then the Bulls, but Mtawarira has accomplished this record for just one team, the Sharks, since making his debut in 2007.
“Beast is probably the most professional player I’ve worked with in my nine years. He is an unbelievable person and just such a nice guy as well,” current Sharks skipper Schreuder told media in Durban on Thursday.
Du Preez, meanwhile, was full of praise for the Springbok No. 1.
“When you speak about Beast you actually need a lot of time,” he said.
“He’s just a true legend of the game.
“He has been immense for us this year with his leadership on and off the field with the way he has supported Louis and how he brings the youngsters into the team. He has been outstanding.” Kick-off today is at 3:05pm.