Richard Ferguson

Etzebeth could miss England match

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 20 Nov 2012 at 08:00
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Springbok Eben Etzebeth has been cited following the win over Scotland this weekend, allegedly making contact with the eye or eye area of Scottish flyhalf Greig Laidlaw, with his hearing to be held today.

The incident apparently happened in the second half of the match, and should Etzebeth be found guilty, will miss the last tour match against England, and could even miss the start of the Super Rugby season.

On the IRB scale of sanctions, eye gouging could fetch Etzebeth anything between 12 weeks and 24 weeks, with a maximum available ban being 3 years.

Etzebeth has been one of the players of the tour so far, along with Francois Louw, and would be a huge blow to the Springbok second row, with Flip van der Merwe likely to take over should Etzebeth miss the match. A left wing selection could see Willem Alberts play in the second row to allow Marcell Coetzee to start the match.

The Springbok team should be announced tomorrow.


  • Apparently JPP has some sort of injury and could also miss out.

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.11.12 08:11:15 by JarsonX Reply
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  • I am actually getting tired of Etzebeth’s temper problems. Hes becoming a liability.

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.11.12 08:28:21 by Uli Reply
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  • I saw the clip on Supersport’s site. He had a headlock going on there, but it didn’t look too bad.

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.11.12 08:50:00 by PTAShark Reply
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  • It seems as if he is taking after Bakkies in more ways than one.

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.11.12 09:01:37 by lostfish Reply
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  • So Geelkaart Flip might start.

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.11.12 09:19:24 by Mutley Reply
  • He’s not been found guilty yet.

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.11.12 09:39:45 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 2) :

    How about first having a look at the footage before making sweeping statements??

    There’s nothing in it really. πŸ™„

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.11.12 09:49:22 by wpw Reply

    If he is found guilty for this then we may as well go down to the nearest ballet shop, get some tutus and get a dancing shop going! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.11.12 09:51:39 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 8) : 😈

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.11.12 10:01:24 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Comment 10, posted at 20.11.12 10:02:55 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Based on the video footage, I don’t think that he should be found guilty, but the way that the citing officers rule in these cases. I wouldn’t be surprised if he received a couple of weeks ban.

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.11.12 10:06:01 by Bump Reply

  • Etzebeth is already turning out to be a young Bakkies 😈 but that’s not such a bad thing either.

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.11.12 10:17:56 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • Remember a South African is guilty and a New Zeelander innocent. Its in the IRB law book.

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.11.12 10:47:58 by Mutley Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 7) : Agreed, if anything it looks like Etzebeth is trying to shut Greig Laidlaw up by placing his hand over the flyhalve’s mouth. That should be applauded.

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.11.12 10:51:36 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Mutley (Comment 13) : That’s because we play boring “as long as we end up winning” rugby, and NZ plays attractive crowd pleasing attention grabbing jaw dropping winning rugby – the teacher’s pet always receives the better treatment 😈

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.11.12 11:34:20 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • I see contact between etzebeth’s thumb and the player’s “eye region”… more than enough grounds for citing, even if it does look accidental.

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.11.12 11:42:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • It looked pretty innocuous to me.

    And I take exception to thsoe labelling him the new Bakkies Botha.

    In Etsebeth’s role, he needs to be aggressive and he already, at the ripe old age of 21, shows more composure than Bakkies ever did.

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.11.12 11:46:07 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • This is just a bad citing and if it results in a suspension then there is something wrong with the state of rugby in the world….
    Watch where the ref is during the incident and where he is looking. If he didn’t see the eye gouging then it didn’t exist. No retaliation from the player either.

    This is a made up citing by an ENGLISH CITING OFFICER with the sole intention of disrupting the boks before their match against ENLAND. Cited very late, which means there was no complaint from the scots – and if there was eye gouging – there would have been a complaint……

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.11.12 17:50:26 by byron Reply


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