URC – “Everyone Just Needs To Step Up And Need To Be Better” – Eben Etzebeth


The Vodacom URC resumes again this week, with the Hollywoodbets Sharks heading into round 12 at the bottom of the log. Eben Etzebeth said the Hollywoodbets Sharks have let themselves and their fans down this season.

“We haven’t had a good season so far. There are no excuses really. I think we just need to take a hard look at ourselves as individuals and as a collective, I do think we work hard and there are plans in place."

“But somehow we are not executing it. We really hope to rectify it for the rest of the season. We can get better in certain aspects and it’s not a player or coaching thing, it’s us as a union. Everyone just needs to step up and we need to be better."

“We as forwards, have a big job and responsibility to step up in the physical department. I think we haven’t been great so far in our set-pieces this year. As South Africans, we love that battle and I just feel at the moment we are letting ourselves down and we are letting the Sharks supporters down with what we produce on match day. I think we can be a bit more physical on the field."

“It is the first time this season that we’ve got most of our players playing. As a collective it’s probably the strongest 23 we could’ve picked so far."

“It will be a boost to have everyone back. It’s still a work in progress, we still have to put it out on the field. It’s easy to think about names coming back, but at the end of the day it’s what happens on Saturday that counts.”