June 17, 2019 / 7:12 PM / a month ago

Sharks without Mtawarira, Du Preez for Super Rugby playoff

FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Second Test International - South Africa v England - Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa - June 16, 2018. South Africa's Tendai Mtawarira arrives with his children Talumba and Wangu Mtawarira as he celebrates his hundredth cap for South Africa. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo

DURBAN (Reuters) - Sharks’ powerful prop forward Tendai Mtawarira will miss Saturday’s Super Rugby playoff quarter-final clash at the ACT Brumbies in Canberra with a knee injury.

Fellow Springbok Jean-Luc du Preez is also out injured, the Sharks said on Monday.

Mtawariwa, 33 and with more than 100 international caps, had been named to play against the Stormers in Cape Town last Saturday but pulled out before kickoff with what the Sharks described as “knee niggle”.

The Sharks secured a last gasp 12-9 victory to reach the playoffs and face the Brumbies, who won the Australian conference, but the absence of powerful scrummager Mtawariwa is a setback to the South African team’s chances.

Flyhalf Curwin Bosch, who also missed the Stormers game, is fit again and travelled with the team.

Writing by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Ken Ferris

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