With the current state of local rugby, one could only feel for the Sharks prop instead of blaming him and more were to follow.
The name that quickly come to mind are Western Force and Wallabies flanker David Pocock and the duo of Tonderai Chavhanga and Brian Mujati who also chose to play for South Africa among a host of players who did so in the past.
However, it is “The Beast” who is the most popular as he has become the toast of South African rugby in either the Springboks jersey or at his Super 14 side Sharks.
So popular is Mtawarira that every time he struts onto the field or retains possession of the ball, the stadium reverberate into the “Beeeeeeast” chorus as fans warm up to his magic.
Despite experiencing problems in his choice of representing his adopted country South Africa, a case that was solved last year, Mtawarira remains one of the most iconic players.
However, as a talent conveyor belt that Zimbabwe is, more gems have emerged from the country and among them is Dawson Mtawarira, cousin to The Beast.
Not only do the two play the same prop position, but also have a striking resemblance such that his peers now call him “The Beast” after Tendai.
With his huge frame, the Lomagundi College Upper Six student is a typical prop and does his job with the ingenuity of a veteran.
He is also prized with good throwing technique and strength that makes him effective as a hooker. His speed is also something that made the Cottco rugby festival that ended yesterday something to remember.
“My cousin, Tendai, remains my source of inspiration. He is always encouraging me to put extra effort in everything that I do.
“I would not want to be compared to him or for people to speculate if I would be better than him. He is a very good player who eats and dreams rugby. I wish to be like him,” Dawson said.