Sign-up for the latest, breaking news!


    Etzebeth 'not a dirty player'

    2013-07-10 11:23
    Eben Etzebeth and David Bulbring (Gallo Images)
    Cape Town - Stormers forwards coach Matthew Proudfoot insists lock Eben Etzebeth is not a dirty player after he was involved in another 'scuffle'.

    The Springbok lock was caught in a pushing and shoving incident with Kings lock David Bulbring when the teams clashed in Port Elizabeth over the weekend.

    Etzebeth received a two-week ban last year for head-butting Australia's Nathan Sharpe, and was also drawn into a scuffle with Scotland's Jim Hamilton a few weeks ago.

    But Proudfoot believes the youngster is being targeted by opposition teams.

    "I think it's a tactic that a lot of teams will utilise, but Eben is growing nicely and he will know when to dish out the appropriate response," the coach told the Cape Times.

    "Let's not forget that the young man is just 21 years old, and he plays his game close to the edge.

    "He's not a dirty player by any means and hasn't been involved in dirty thuggery. He's not a dirty player, but a very physical player. That's a key element to understand about Eben. It's part of the contest.

    "Deon's (Fourie) comments after the game were apt - there's bound to be a lot of emotion in the game, but there were no dirty instances of foul play in the game. It was a rough game, but there were no dirtiness as such. The referee handled it well, so we are happy," said Proudfoot.

    And there is sure to be a lot of emotion in the Stormers' next game - against the Bulls on Saturday - where Etzebeth will come up against Springbok team-mate Flip van der Merwe.

    Kick-off at Newlands is at 19:10.

    Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

    Comment on this story
    Comments have been closed for this article.
    Live Video Streaming
    • Blitz
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
    • SS1
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
    • SS2
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
    • SS3
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk
    Most Read


    04 July 2015
    27 June 2015
    20 June 2015
    13 June 2015
    12 June 2015
    06 June 2015
    05 June 2015
    30 May 2015
    29 May 2015
    23 May 2015
    22 May 2015
    16 May 2015
    15 May 2015
    09 May 2015
    08 May 2015
    02 May 2015
    01 May 2015
    26 April 2015
    25 April 2015
    24 April 2015
    18 April 2015
    17 April 2015
    11 April 2015
    10 April 2015
    04 April 2015
    03 April 2015
    28 March 2015
    27 March 2015
    22 March 2015
    21 March 2015
    20 March 2015
    14 March 2015
    13 March 2015
    07 March 2015
    06 March 2015
    28 February 2015
    27 February 2015
    21 February 2015
    20 February 2015
    15 February 2015
    14 February 2015
    13 February 2015


    “Craig Joubert deserves plaudits for making a gutsy call against the home side in the Super Rugby semis, writes Herman Mostert.”

    Opinion Poll

    Super Rugby is a thing of the past. Next up: The Rugby Championship. Who will emerge victorious this season?

    Monday Quiz Madness!

    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.