Time for Etzebeth to ditch the sideshow
t was a depressingly familiar sight for anyone who has marvelled at the sheer physical specimen that is Eben Etzebeth. There he was, the player with the biggest biceps in world rugby, flexing his “enforcer” muscles in the Stormers’ Super Rugby game against the Lions.
Last year, it was Lood de Jager with whom he got into a needless tiff. Last weekend, it was young Ruan Ackermann who got the treatment.
As a wannabe bruiser, no one can blame young Ackers for seeking a tête-àtête with supposedly the toughest breker doing the rounds, but isn’t Etzebeth tired of the crazy-eyed routine, which almost always sees him pursue every offthe-ball incident?
When the dust had settled in the clash between South Africa’s two best sides in the competition, Etzebeth had been outplayed by a workaday Andries Ferreira in a game won by the Lions.
No disrespect to Ferreira, but the rest of us expect more from Etzebeth, a player who has long been touted to potentially be better than the great Bakkies Botha.