Eben Etzebeth in action against the Lions at Kings Park. Photo: @SharksRugby.

Etzebeth: People need to realise how special Siya is

Eben Etzebeth praises Siya Masuku’s remarkable performances, leading the Sharks to their first Challenge Cup final.


Eben Etzebeth in action against the Lions at Kings Park. Photo: @SharksRugby.

Eben Etzebeth has lavished praise on Siya Masuku, emphasising his vital contributions as the Sharks near a historic achievement in European rugby. The flyhalf’s outstanding performances have placed the Sharks on the brink of European Cup glory.

Masuku’s journey to Durban’s famous stadium has been arduous, but the 27-year-old has made the most of his chance to excel with the Sharks. His recent displays have been exceptional and instrumental to the team’s success.

Standout Performances

Siya scored 22 points, including the decisive conversion, to secure the Sharks’ first-ever appearance in the Challenge Cup final on Friday.

This impressive feat is part of a series of remarkable performances, earning him three consecutive man-of-the-match awards and four in his last five games.

Recognition from Etzebeth

Siya’s recent form has reportedly led to an invitation to the next Springbok alignment camp. During an extensive interview with Fudge Mabeta on SuperSport, Eben Etzebeth lauded Siya’s efforts and dedication.

“Yeah, he’s been incredible. I was actually on another podcast the other day and I mentioned Siya, and I think some of the people thought I was talking about Siya Kolisi,” Etzebeth remarked.

“I corrected them by saying Siya Masuku, and I got a lot of laughing faces. They probably thought I was joking, but hopefully, people will start realising now what a special player he is.”

Siya’s Qualities

Etzebeth highlighted Siya’s fearless approach and commitment to the team. “He puts his body on the line, he’s a warrior, and I mean, that’s what you want in a 10. You want a guy who can take you forward, good kicking game, good at goal kicking… he’s not scared, he’s just been incredible.”

Sharks’ Journey to the Final

The Sharks’ path to the Challenge Cup final has been heavily influenced by Siya’s performances. His ability to stay calm under pressure and deliver crucial points has been a significant factor in their success.

As they prepare for their first final, Siya’s form will be essential.

Future Prospects for Siya

With his impressive performances, Siya’s future with the Springboks looks bright. His recent achievements reflect his hard work and talent.

The upcoming alignment camp offers him another platform to showcase his skills on a bigger stage.


Siya has demonstrated that he is an invaluable asset to the Sharks. His exceptional performances have earned him deserved recognition and respect.

As he continues to make a name for himself in the rugby world, his journey from the Cheetahs to the Sharks, and potentially to the Springboks, is a testament to his perseverance and skill.