Eben Etzebeth refuses to yield in epic collision with Springboks lock rival
Sometimes, you can get a collision where both the tackler and the ball carrier come out on top. It is rare, but it can happen.
Eben Etzebeth’s try against Munster on Saturday in the Heineken Champions Cup was one of those occasions. The Springboks centurion picked up the ball from the base of the ruck and had more space than any team should afford him from close range. He put his head down and darted for the line, but he was met by fellow Bok lock RG Snyman, who was making his first start for Munster in 32 months after a horrific string of injuries.
Snyman smashed his Bok teammate sideways and actually looked like he had repelled a try in a feat of brute strength. But Etzebeth was not going to be stopped easily and was able to just get the ball over the line. Even so, it was impressive defence from Snyman.
Take a look at the try:
🦈 @EbenEtzebeth 🆚 RG Snyman 🦌
— Heineken Champions Cup (@ChampionsCup) April 1, 2023
The Sharks matchday 23 against Munster boasted a talented roster of Springbok internationals, each bringing their unique skill set to the pitch. The front row was anchored by prop Ox Nche, whose powerful scrummaging and dynamic ball-carrying make him a force to be reckoned with. Hooker Bongi Mbonambi is known for his pinpoint lineout throws and fearless defensive work, while tighthead prop Thomas du Toit is a stalwart of the Sharks pack, with his strength and technique in the scrum making him a valuable asset.
In the second row, towering Etzebeth is a fearsome presence, dominating the lineout and bringing his trademark physicality to every aspect of play. He was joined by Gerbrandt Grobler, whose athleticism and work rate make him a versatile and reliable option.
The back row was led by captain Siya Kolisi, whose leadership and skill have made him one of South Africa’s most celebrated players. Flanker Vincent Tshituka is a dynamic ball carrier, with his pace and agility making him a constant threat on the break. No8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe is a powerful runner with excellent ball control, using his size and strength to gain ground and create opportunities.
At halfback, scrum-half Jaden Hendrikse is a young talent with a bright future, known for his quick thinking and sharp passing. Fly-half Curwin Bosch is a talented playmaker, with his creativity and accuracy making him a key figure in the Sharks’ attacking game plan.
The backline was filled with speed and flair, with wing Makazole Mapimpi a proven try scorer and one of South Africa’s brightest talents. Centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg is a hard runner with excellent vision, while his partner Lukhanyo Am is a dynamic playmaker with a deadly step. On the other wing, Werner Kok is a powerful runner with an eye for the try line, while fullback Boeta Chamberlain is a skilled ball carrier with a reliable boot.
The bench offered a mix of experience and youth, with replacement hooker Kerron van Vuuren providing strong scrummaging and accurate throwing, and prop Ntuthuko Mchunu a powerful presence in the scrum. Carlu Sadie is a versatile option in the front row, while Emile van Heerden added size and athleticism to the second row. Flanker Phepsi Buthelezi is a dynamic ball carrier, and scrum-half Grant Williams a composed playmaker. Centre Ben Tapuai brought experience and skill to the backline, while Thaakir Abrahams is a promising young winger with plenty of pace and flair.