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Eben Etzebeth Allays Injury Fears as Springboks Triumph Over Scotland

Published September 21, 2023
9 months ago

After the Springboks' victorious 18-3 win against Scotland in the Rugby World Cup opener held in Marseille, there were initial concerns about a potentially devastating cost. Eben Etzebeth, the star lock of the team, was feared to have suffered a serious shoulder injury, which caused him to exit the scene after only 26 minutes of gameplay. However, Etzebeth, who has proven his mettle in 114 matches, assured fans that the injury isn't critical.

Etzebeth, who received the injury while carrying the ball into Scotland’s defence, stated, “We’ll go for scans tomorrow but I don’t think it is too bad.” His statement has significantly lifted the spirits of the Springboks fanbase.

Malcolm Marx, too, had an injury scare during the match when a head wound required three stitches. He, however, is ready for the next round.

The Springboks had a vigorous match, despite their dominance not being entirely reflected in the final score. Their tenacious possession and territorial control, coupled with their ability to break through Scotland’s defence line twice as many times, marked their successful launch in this World Cup.

Star players like Pieter-Steph du Toit, Franco Mostert, and Jasper Wiese kept the pressure on the opposition, while half-back Manie Libbok’s impeccable distribution led to his man-of-the-match distinction.

Despite some minor hurdles, such as scrum penalties, the Boks were able to adapt and surmount their obstacles, embracing their challenges with a restored fervour in the second half.

Springbok coach, Jacques Nienaber, was satisfied with overcoming the first hurdle but is keen on yielding higher benefits from their match-day dominance.

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