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Eben comes out swinging for Bulls

Eben Etzebeth has hit again strongly in opposition to Courtney Lawes after the Northampton Saints veteran criticised the Vodacom Bulls for fielding a heavily-changed lineup within the Champions Cup quarter-finals.

The Vodacom Bulls got here underneath fireplace from northern hemisphere pundits for fielding virtually a wholly new lineup for the playoff in opposition to Northampton at Franklin’s Gardens.

Jake White opted to depart 11 Springboks in South Africa, highlighting the journey points and damage considerations his aspect confronted.

Lawes was amongst these important of White and the Bulls, calling the scenario a “carnival” and saying it was blown out of proportion to place stress on the Saints.

Showing on the newest episode of The Rugby Pod with Jim Hamilton, Bok lock Etzebeth got here out in defence of his countrymen and supplied his tackle the difficulty.

“The Bulls obtained lots of criticism their manner and unfairly I feel. Clearly, I noticed some gamers like Courtney Lawes mentioning one thing, and that’s a ‘South African manner’, I don’t know why he talked about the entire of South Africa,” Etzebeth stated.

“He certainly doesn’t know what’s happening in South Africa, so he should fairly hold his mouth shut.

“It’s Jake’s name. For those who’re head coach, you need to have the ability to choose whoever you wish to. Within the Champions Cup and Problem Cup, in the event you attain the highest 4 and also you don’t have a house semi-final, then the probabilities of you successful that comp is basically low,” he added.

“They needed to go away within the quarters after which most likely go to Leinster after which play once more in Europe in opposition to perhaps Toulouse, so it’s at all times going to be tough.”

Picture: Steve Haag Sports activities/Gallo Photos



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