Send us your Two Oceans pics!

Will you be taking part in the Two Oceans Marathon? If so, send your pics to - and we'll include you in our gallery!


    Etzebeth 'not a dirty player'

    2013-07-10 11:23
    Post a comment
    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
    Add your comment
    Comment 0 characters remaining
    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk


    25 April 2014
    • Blues v Waratahs, Auckland 07:35
    • Brumbies v Chiefs, Canberra 09:40
    • Sharks v Highlanders, Durban 19:10
    26 April 2014
    • Hurricanes v Reds, Wellington 09:35
    • Western Force v Bulls, Perth 11:40
    • Cheetahs v Stormers, Bloemfontein 17:05
    02 May 2014
    • Blues v Reds, Auckland 09:35
    • Melbourne Rebels v Sharks, Melbourne 11:40


    19 April 2014
    18 April 2014
    12 April 2014
    11 April 2014
    05 April 2014
    04 April 2014
    29 March 2014
    28 March 2014
    22 March 2014
    21 March 2014
    15 March 2014
    14 March 2014
    08 March 2014
    07 March 2014
    01 March 2014
    28 February 2014
    23 February 2014
    22 February 2014
    21 February 2014
    15 February 2014


    Rank Team P W Pts


    “The Sharks as SA’s lone playoffs side for the first time in Super Rugby’s conference format is a fair possibility, warns Rob Houwing.”

    Opinion Poll

    Which teams will win the two SA Vodacom Super Rugby derbies (Sharks v Cheetahs and Stormers v Lions) this weekend?

    Monday Quiz Madness!

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