Etzebeth to face the music

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks, The Rugby Championship on 10 Sep 2012 at 09:00
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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.


  • I don’t think he head actually touched him and don’t think he intended to head bud him, but rather to give him a bit of a fright.

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.09.12 09:22:21 by Letgo Reply
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  • and it goes from bad to worse šŸ™„

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.09.12 09:39:19 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 2) : Are you kidding me?

    HM wants to bring all of these players back, because he wants ask them what they did to win.

    Victor, Fourie, Bakkies … I think their replacements could be just ask good as they were if the coach gave them a chance to play their game.

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.09.12 09:51:02 by Letgo Reply
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  • Rob

    I think you’re being a bit harsh on Etzebeth.

    He is only 20 years old and has had a very good first season without getting into trouble.

    If he becomes a serial offender like Bakkies then by all means throw the book at him. šŸ˜‰

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.09.12 10:41:05 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 4) : But at 203cm and 117 Kg, your on you own when you do throw that book, don’t expect anyone here to back you up šŸ˜† šŸ˜†

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.09.12 10:45:31 by Greg Reply

  • At least he mixed it up with one of the biggest players on the opposite team. Bakkies proved his manhood by taking on scrumhalves, Gio Aplon, female medics, small furry animals…

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.09.12 10:49:22 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 4) :

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.09.12 10:54:14 by Big Fish Reply
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  • What an asshat. He deserves a ban. Hopefully he has had time to reflect and will come back a better player.

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.09.12 11:18:37 by lostfish Reply
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  • When i looked at the game it wasnt conclusive that he tried to headbutt, but then they didnt replay it often. If it was a headbutt then ban him for the required period. Ill discipline needs to be thrown out of the game, but it needs to be as fair as if an aussie or kiwi did it.

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.09.12 11:41:41 by Dunx Reply

  • @Pablo Dinero (Comment 6) : šŸ˜ˆ

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.09.12 12:20:06 by vanmartin Reply
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  • And he’s out!….2 weeks

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.09.12 12:21:10 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 11) :

    Hence the article on Sharksworld! šŸ˜ˆ

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.09.12 12:31:12 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Dunx (Comment 9) : Im not sure if he intended to make contact, which I dont think he did, but he was feigning one. He didnt bob his head in agreement with what Sharpe had just called his mother if thats what you mean.

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.09.12 12:40:35 by Pablo Dinero Reply

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