Etzebeth’s reaction to the Haka is tearing the internet asunder
Eben Etzebeth’s reaction to the Haka ahead of the 100th Test between the All Blacks and the Springboks is tearing the internet asunder.
Etzebeth easily defeated the Kapa O Pango, which was far too aggressive for our liking, especially given the high-stakes nature of this Test.
Eben’s alpha stare was just to powerful for the All Blacks and that was reflected in what was actually a pretty poor performance for the men in black. They struggled to catch the ball at times, a skill most fans think is vital to all good teams.
Maybe Ian Foster should train them to catch this week? You think they’d be better at it, as they are the world’s No.1 side.
The 100th Test was played in the centenary year of the famous All Blacks- Springboks rivalry. The very first Test was played at the historic Carisbrook ground in Dunedin on 13 August 1921, with the All Blacks winning 13-5 that day.
The last Test match was the Pool match at RWC2019 which the All Blacks won 23-13.
Before today, in the 99 Tests to date, the All Blacks have won 59 times, South Africa 36, with four drawn matches.
The All Blacks had scored 2,050 points in that time including 225 tries while the Springboks have scored 1,577 points, including 153 tries.
The teams will once again be playing for The Freedom Cup, which was introduced in 2004. The All Blacks have held the Cup since 2010.
The All Blacks became the first international team to top 17,000 points.
Beauden Barrett played his 15th Test against South Africa and Brodie Retallick his 12th. Eight players (Akira Ioane, Luke Jacobson, David Havili, Will Jordan, Samisoni Taukei’aho, Ethan Blackadder, Brad Weber and Quinn Tupaea) played them for the first time.
“For us, as a team, we’re trying to zone in on what we want to do in this game. We are all aware of the history and legacy of this match and respect that, but the only way we can do justice to that is to prepare well and focus on what we have to do,” said Foster, before the game.