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Eben Etzebeth of the Sharks during the 2023 United Rugby Championships match between Sharks and Dragons at Hollywoodbets Kings Park Stadium in Durban on the 25 November 2023 Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

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Eben ‘Elizabedi’ Etzebeth was back in Sharks colours this week and put in a trademark effort as the hosts tamed the Dragons.

Eben Etzebeth Elizabedi Springbok sharks Stormers

Eben Etzebeth of the Sharks during the 2023 United Rugby Championships match between Sharks and Dragons at Hollywoodbets Kings Park Stadium in Durban on the 25 November 2023 Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

The return of their Springboks made a big difference for the Sharks as they steamrolled over the Dragons for their first win of the URC with Eben ‘Elizabedi’ Etzebeth crossing the line.

Etzebeth was one of eight players to cross the whitewash for the Sharks who scored 14 tries in a 69-14 home win.

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The Springboks definitely made a difference for the Sharks with Makazole Mapimpi and Etzebeth particularly impressive.

The scorers

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For Sharks:

Tries: Fassi 2, Mapimpi, Kok, Etzebeth, G.Williams 2, Buthelezi, Labuschagne, Am

Cons: Bosch 4, Chamberlain 4

Pens: Bosch

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For Dragons

Tries: Blacker, Dyer

Cons: Evans, Williams.

Yellow card: Chris Coleman (Dragons, 39- repeated infringements)

Sharks vs Dragons teams

Sharks: 15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Werner Kok, 13 Lukhanyo Am (captain), 12 Francois Venter, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Phepsi Buthelezi, 6 James Venter, 5 Emile van Heerden, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Fez Mbatha, 1 Ntuthuko Mchunu

Replacements: 16 Daniel Jooste, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Hanro Jacobs, 19 Corne Rahl, 20 Jeandre Labuschagne, 21 Grant Williams, 22 Boeta Chamberlain, 23 Rohan Janse van Rensburg

Dragons: 15 Cai Evans, 14 Rio Dyer, 13 Sio Tomkinson, 12 Aneurin Owen, 11 Ewan Rosser, 10 Will Reed, 9 Dane Blacker; 8 Aaron Wainwright, 7 Ollie Griffiths (captain), 6 Sean Lonsdale,5 George Nott, 4 Matthew Screech, 3 Chris Coleman, 2 Bradley Roberts, 1 Aki Seiuli,

Replacements: 16 James Benjamin, 17 Rhodri Jones, 18 Lloyd Fairbrother, 19 Joe Davies, 20 Harri Keddie, 21 Rhodri Williams, 22 Steff Hughes, 23 Ashton Hewitt

Referee: Frank Murphy (Ireland)

Assistant referees: Christopher Allison (South Africa); Stephan Geldenhuys (South Africa)

TMO: Eoghan Cross (Ireland)