Irish media definitely targeted me - SA's Etzebeth

South Africa's Eben Etzebeth says the Irish media "definitely targeted me" after he accused Ireland of being "arrogant" following last year's World Cup pool match between the sides.

Speaking in April, Springbok lock Etzebeth said "probably 12" of the 23 players in Ireland's squad said "see you guys in the final" after the Irish won the Pool B encounter 13-8.

Ireland, however, fell to New Zealand in the quarter-final again while South Africa went on to retain the World Cup, beating the All Blacks in the final.

When asked about his comments on Tuesday, before Saturday's Test against Ireland in Pretoria, Etzebeth stood by his remarks.

"Look, I said what I said," said the two-time World Cup winner.

"It was after the game and I see a lot of them said 'how could I count exactly that amount?'.

"You just give an estimate because it was definitely not less than six or seven, it wasn't more than 20 of them. I just gave an estimate."

Etzebeth, who started last year's pool game in Paris, added: "I said what I said. We'll never after a game tell a team 'we'll see you in the final' if there's so much rugby still to be played.

"Maybe that was their way to say they think we're a good side and 'we might make it all the way through', but people definitely interpreted that a bit wrong and took it a bit out of context."