Time for Etze­beth to ditch the sideshow

CityPress - - Sport -

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.

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