Stormers number eight Evan Roos reveals how he reacted to South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus tweeting about him and understanding where he needs to improve as he looks to push into the Springbok set-up.
Roos has been immense this season, leading the United Rugby Championship in successful carries and defenders beaten, typified by his robust carrying style that should propel him to be a contender for the player of the season.
‘Can’t be ignored’
After being snubbed for the initial Springboks alignment camp, the 22-year-old produced yet another strong performance, earning praise from Erasmus, who tweeted, “Well done Evan Roos, that’s how you react to disappointment and make sure you can’t be ignored!”
Speaking in a media session Roos revealed he did not expect to be mentioned by Erasmus and used it as motivation.
“Usually after a game, when I’m on my phone, I usually message my dad or my mom or some family member. My phone froze, with all the mentions, Tweets and Instagram tags,” Roos explained. “It was quite a cool thing to see. I didn’t expect it at all. But I try not to hold onto that stuff, even though it is an honour to get mentioned by the director of rugby. I didn’t forget about it, but my focus is on the next job.”
The hard-running Roos was called up for the second alignment camp with the Springboks and understands he could improve in set-piece play as that is vital to the South African game plan.
“I would really like to improve on the set-piece. In general, jumping and lifting at the lineouts and mauls. But all other things as well. I don’t think you can ever be the best, you can always get better. There are always extras I work on after each session every day. I am always trying to improve all aspects of my game,” he added.
“The coaching staff is very helpful and they were very keen to help. There are quite a few things I need to work on. I am very grateful to them for sharing those insights.”
Roos, however, is only focused on the Stormers‘ home quarter-final against Edinburgh next weekend and hopes to contribute to the team.
“If someone has the mindset of winning a quarter-final for personal reasons, such as getting picked for the Boks, then he is there for the wrong reasons,” he said.
“If you want to win a quarter-final, it must be for the team. Those personal and individual things, I tend not to focus on them. The job we need to do is win the quarter-final and that’s for the Stormers. Those things will take care of themselves after the season. I am not very worried about it.
“I am really thankful and blessed to be a part of this season. I am excited about coming to work every day. If that’s the case then you are in the right place. I am just trying to do the basics right every week. I have got such a great team with me, that helps me and makes those types of things easy.
“My focus now is on the Stormers. We have a quarter-final to win. I am very excited for that, especially since we are playing at home. It’s going to be awesome.”