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05/29/2012 01:15 pm ET

Tendai Mtawarira Lifts Teammate In Sharks-Stormers Rugby Match, Saves Him From Injury (VIDEO)

Meet Sharks rugby player Tendai "Beast" Mtawarira. If you're curious about how he earned his nickname then this highlight might help explain it.

In a Super Rugby match between Mtawarira's Sharks and the Stormers, the Zimbabwe native displayed the fearsome strength that earned him that nickname. The play began when the 256-pound scrummager lifted his teammate, Anton Bresler, high into the air to receive a kick-off. But thinks took a turn for the incredible when Bresler flipped backward over Mtawarira's head. With his teammate falling to the ground, the Beast somehow held onto all 247 pounds of the inverted Bresler by merely clutching his shorts Even more impressive, he did this as the ensuing scrum engulfed them.

In a sport renown for its physicality, even the play announcers were delighted by Beast's feat of strength, describing the hold as "gymnastic."

Maybe the 26-year-old could teach could give these guys a lesson on good teamwork.

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