While many on Twitter were creaming themselves as new Bok number 4 Eben Etzebeth supposedly took on the vacant mantle of “Bok enforcer”, while standing up to Nathan Sharpe in Perth on Saturday, the young man’s antics have landed him in very hot water indeed.
While the dear departed Bakkies Botha did more than his fair share of good things for the Boks during a long test career, it was his propensity for the cheap shot that, far from striking fear into the hearts of the opposition, more often resulted in penalties against his side. A number of increasingly lengthy spells on the sidelines as the duration of each successive ban increased (despite hollow pleas of “victimisation” from his beleaguered team mates) should have been enough of a detriment to any youngster opting to follow too closely in Botha’s shoes; Etzebeth appears to have failed to learn that lesson, though.
A rather silly and impetuous moment of madness has landed the young Province lock in a heap of trouble; head-butting an opposition player in full view of the cameras is never going to be well received and I guess the only saving grace here is that none of the on-field officials picked the incident up at the time it happened, or the red card that the strike deserved may well have been shown there and then, to the side’s detriment.
As it is, Etzebeth was duly cited immediately after the game, with the Citing Commissioner feeling that Etzebeth made contact with Sharpe’s head and that the incident “met the red card threshold”. Judicial Officer Mike Herron concurred and a disciplinary hearing will take place at 9am today (SA time) to decide the player’s fate.
Not a great footnote to a game that failed to inspire on so many other levels too.Tweet