CRITIC: Ex-Bok coach Mallett

Rugby pundits don’t always know what they are talking about according to Springbok captain Eben Etzebeth.

With the Boks having gone through yet another disappointing season this year, Nick Mallett and the rest of the SuperSport panel ripped into the coaches and the leadership core of the Springboks after their 24-22 defeat to Wales last weekend.

Mallett said after the match that he believed Siya Kolisi, who captain’s Etzebeth at franchise level, should have been made captain once Warren Whiteley was injured.

PASSIONATE: Eben Etzebeth

He added: “If you look at their personalities, Etzebeth is known for his physicality and ability to get stuck into the faces of the opposition.

“But you need to be withdrawn from the impact situation to make clear decisions as the captain.

“He also doesn’t look like someone who enjoys picking someone up off the ground or congratulating and motivating the people around him.

“Whereas Siya seems to thrive on that.


“He seems to play better when given an opportunity to encourage the players around him. I think he would have done a great job for the Springboks.”

Etzebeth, 26, disagrees and tells Netwerk24: “They [the pundits] don’t always know what they’re talking about.

“I enjoy the captaincy a lot and I don’t easily let myself get distracted from the action.

I always want to be intensely involved.

“I do what is expected of me and the captaincy is something that I embrace and cherish.”

With calls for coach Allister Coetzee’s head to roll increasing, the captain also stood by his coach.

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