Roos grateful for Stormers lifeline

Stormers No 8 Evan Roos has considered giving up rugby to continue his studies after a disappointing stint with the Sharks.

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The barnstorming eighth man joined the junior ranks of the Durban side after graduating from Paarl Boys’ High in 2018, and performed for the Sharks U21 side, before also playing in the Currie Cup.

Injuries and a lack of playing opportunities prevented Roos from breaking into the Shark senior side as well as performing at the Junior World Championships in 2019 and 2020, with the forced break of rugby causing Roos to reconsider his future in the sport.

Speaking further SuperSportthe weekly African rugby show, ‘Super Rugby’, the 22-year-old said he really appreciates the gameplay opportunities the Stormers give him.

Roos, which leads the way for successful carries and defenders beaten in the Vodacom United Rugby Championshipwas praised by former Springbok assistant coach Swys de Bruin for his speed of work and “treatment battle” this season.

“It’s just nice to play again, along with a great set of guys,” Roos said. “I play with a sense of despair when I carry the ball forward. Not too many people know this but, two years before I joined the Stormers, I thought about giving up rugby to study because things weren’t working out at the Sharks.

“But then I got this lifeline at Western Province, and I’m very grateful for it and just happy to play again.”

Springbok great Victor Matfield, another expert on the show, questioned Roos about the Stormers’ positive playing style and the renewed self-confidence of individuals such as Manie Libbok and Hacjivah Dayimani – players who also fell down the beak at their previous unions.

“In a recent team meeting, [coach John Dobson] compared us to “absurd heroes” – players who didn’t get a lot of game chances at other unions who didn’t get a lot of pace at their previous teams and now play well together, ”Roos said.

“I think everyone is just comfortable here [at the Stormers]. You can only be yourself. No one is forcing or pressuring you to behave in a certain way. You are free to express yourself. Everyone has a common goal and that is to win this contest, of course. And we all work for that. I think our management team has done very well in that regard. “

Commenting on the craze around him in the media and among the South African rugby public regarding a Springbok call, Roos said that although he appreciates the support he receives from fans, he chooses not to let the noise reach him by taking him. things “week after week”.

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“Look, it’s nice to be mentioned in that regard. It’s been a dream since I was young, ”said Roos. “I think it’s the dream of every rugby player in South Africa to play for the Springboks. It may sound a bit cliché, but I really try to take things week after week, and not make things bigger than they actually are.

“I missed Leinster a little bit because I feel like I made a few mistakes,” Roos added with a faint smile. “But I learned from that, not to get bigger than the game and literally take things week by week.”

Roos and his Stormers teammates are ready to face Duane Vermeulen and Ulster in Saturday’s second URC semifinal at Cape Town Stadium.

Prequel: URC semifinal

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