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‘Well done ... that’s how you react to disappointment’: Rassie Erasmus to Stormers’ Evan Roos

Evan Roos of the Stormers during the United Rugby Championship match against Glasgow Warriors at Cape Town Stadium on April 22.
Evan Roos of the Stormers during the United Rugby Championship match against Glasgow Warriors at Cape Town Stadium on April 22.
Image: GALLO IMAGES/ ASHLEY VLOTMAN

It looks like talented Stormers loose forward Evan Roos handled his shocking omission from the Springboks' recent alignment camp quite well.

This after the young eighthman delivered another superb performance for the Stormers who defeated Scottish side Glasgow Warriors 32-7 in a United Rugby Championship (URC) match in Cape Town on Friday night.

Roos, 22, didn’t just help his side to the second spot on the URC table, but he also earned the respect of SA Rugby director of rugby Rassie Erasmus.

Roos, who has been performing well for the Capetonians in the URC, was overlooked for the recent Boks' alignment camp that was held in Durban and that led to a huge public outcry.

The Bok selectors opted to invite equally talented Bulls loose forward Elrigh Louw, 22, to the camp.

But Erasmus shocked many when he took to social media after Friday’s fixture to commend Roos,

“Well done Evan Roos, that’s how you react to disappointment and make sure you can’t be ignored!” Erasmus wrote on Twitter.

Roos’ coach at the Stormers John Dobson seemed unfazed by the player’s performance as he has been consistent for most of the URC season.

“When is the next alignment camp?” Dobson asked jokingly.

“Ja, he was superb. I mean the way he was attacking them in the second half off nine, that’s the thing about Evan, he does the hard carries.

“It’s incredible. He was superb, again. I am sure his rewards will follow.”

Erasmus’ message gives hope to Roos that there’s still a chance for him to fight for his place in the national team.

After leading 13-7 at halftime against Glasgow, Dobson’s charges fought hard to claim a bonus point win at Cape Town Stadium.

“I thought in the second half we put our best performance for this whole campaign,” Dobson said.


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