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Springboks Victorious Over Scotland but Suffer Potential Setback with Etzebeth Injury

Published September 21, 2023
9 months ago

The Springboks Rugby Team were able to breathe a sigh of relief after triumphing over the formidable Scotland team, ranked fifth globally, in what coach Jacques Nienaber described as a "slippery" Rugby World Cup Pool B game. Their 18-3 victory, achieved through sterling second-half plays by flanker Pieter-Steph du Toit and wing Kurt-Lee Arendse, comes with a potential setback as key player Eben Etzebeth sustained a shoulder injury.

Etzebeth, a vital component of the Springboks' formidable pack, was taken out of action barely more than a quarter into the game. "He will be assessed on Monday," says Nienaber, "at this stage we have no idea how serious, or not, it is." This puts a worrying question mark on the team's progress moving forward in their bid to retain their World Cup title.

The game's outcome was anything but certain, Nienaber acknowledged, considering Scotland's ranking and their reputation for an efficient attack dynamic. The Scots are known to "play with great speed and have got good innovation in terms of how they attack," which demanded that the Boks be "really sharp in terms of cutting off their options."

South Africa's eyes are now focused firmly on their upcoming game against Romania, categorically refusing to be sidetracked by anticipation for a potential pool decider game against world number one team Ireland on 23rd September. Nienaber asserts, "Our next focus is Romania only. We won’t even think about Ireland. We also need to fix the things we got wrong tonight."

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