Friday , October 22 2021

Etzebeth returns to Box, but Whiteley is a problem before the Scots rebellion


EDINBURGH: South Africa will block Eben Etzebeth on Saturday in November against Scotland at Murrayfield, but may be without an eighth Warren Whiteley.

Etzebeth was late for a 29-26 victory over France in Paris during the weekend with a foot injury, but he will return to full training, while the Springboks will look for victories along the route.

Whiteley started both matches this month, including a narrow 12-11 defeat to England at Twickenham, but he struggles with the calf problem.

South Africa, however, has a shield, because Duane Vermeulen can move from the flank to the reverse, while Francois Louw is also included in the eighth jersey, playing in the Rugby Championship.

"Warren has a calf injury and I would say he is doubtful on Saturday," said coach Bok, Rassie Erasmus on Monday. "(Props) Vincent Koch and Frans Malherbe both have some impacts and we will be careful, but I think they will be able to play."

Erasmus is preparing for a difficult challenge against the Scots, who led in eight rehearsals in the 54-17 defeat of Fiji on the weekend.

"They use a similar style of play for Super Rugby teams and are tactically very good, and are not afraid to take you from anywhere on the pitch," said Erasmus, before expressing his admiration for Scottish coach Gregor Townsend.

"Gregor is someone I've been training during my stay at Munster, I know how he trains and what his coaching style is, and his teams are always very efficient and organized in all aspects of the game."

Boxing will name their team for a clash in Murrayfield on Thursday.

(Reporting by Nick Said, Edition: Jan Harvey)

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