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SA rugby fans get a kick out of Etzebeth-Botha’s ‘battle’



South African rugby fans laugh at the ongoing feud between Springbok enforcers Eben Etzebeth and Bakkies Botha.

The legendary Bok locks are entangled in a war of words following Botha’s criticism of Etzebeth’s injury-interrupted spell at French club Toulon.

Etzebeth leaves the club before his contract expires to take a position with Durban-based Sharks.

Etzebeth hit back on social media late Monday, telling Botha “You’ve got my number” and calling him criticism of a fellow Springbok.

Rugby fans seem to approach the feud between the two men in a humorous way.

Roarz, on Twitter, says the dispute could be avoided if they both spent a week at Joe van Niekerk’s jungle yoga retreat.

Former Bok loose attacker Van Niekerk now runs a lifestyle retreat with organic farming in the jungle of Costa Rica.

Roarz added in the tweet, “But not at the same time.”

A well-known name on Twitter, Uncle Rugby, also had something to say.

“Not many people know this, but the current battle between Bakkies Botha and Eben Etzebeth is described in the book of Revelation in the Bible. Anyway, they’re actually very different tighthead locks, one is Foreman, the other is Ali.”

Dominic Lund said in a tweet: “Early prediction: The battle between Eben Etzebeth and Bakkies Botha is how the world ends.”

Ricky Harries said that if the two locks got involved in a scuffle, there would only be one winner: Botha.

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