Rose factor doesn't worry WP

2011-07-13 07:31

Altus Momberg

Cape Town – Western Province are not too worried that Griquas flyhalf Earl Rose will disclose any of their secrets ahead of Saturday’s Currie Cup match at Newlands.

Rose is back in Kimberley after being a member of the Stormers camp during the closing stages of the Super Rugby tournament.

Province forwards coach Matthew Proudfoot said on Tuesday that they weren’t particularly concerned about Rose.

“I don’t think Earl can reveal anything more about our plans than an intelligent coach will be able to find out on his laptop. Everybody knows what we do. It’s not really a big secret,” said Proudfoot.

Rose linked up with the Stormers during the course of Super Rugby as Peter Grant, Lionel Cronjé, Gary van Aswegen and Kurt Coleman were all injured at stages during the tournament.

Rose joined up with the Stormers in Australasia and made a few appearances as a substitute.

The Cape side will now have to get themselves mentally fit for Currie Cup rugby. Several members of the squad still ran out against the Crusaders in a Super Rugby semi-final 10 days ago.

“We knew what was coming (with the schedule) and could plan accordingly,” said Proudfoot.

Province will hope that they can repeat last season’s success against Griquas on Saturday. They thumped Griquas 50-3 in Kimberley before beating them 48-32 in Cape Town later in the season.

Proudfoot believes Griquas will still pose a huge challenge for the home side.

“I don’t think they fear any of the ‘bigger sides’. They showed over the last few seasons that they are capable of beating any side on their day.

“They also have a number of players in their ranks like Sarel Pretorius (scrumhalf), Riaan Viljoen (fullback), Davon Raubenheimer (No 8) and Barry Geel (centre) who played very well for the Cheetahs in this year’s Super Rugby tournament.

“They are used to big games and have won big games.”

Province know the magnitude of the challenge and the one area they will have to improve from the Stormers’ last outing is the set phases.

The Stormers got a big hiding from the Crusaders in the scrums.

Proudfoot, who is responsible for the WP and Stormers packs, said they would definitely have to improve.

“The Crusaders have a good pack, but I don’t think we should put our poor performance down to that. We should rather look at our own performance and work hard on getting it right.”

Meanwhile, English club Bath formally announced on Tuesday that Stormers and Springbok flank Francois Louw will play for them for the next three seasons.


  • WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-13 07:38

    Griquas will pose a huge challenge for us. They are used to big games and have won big games over the last couple of years. We've got a lot of respect for them. But we just got to contentrate on our strenghts and the results will come our way. I just hope we can sort out our front row issue, especially the props. It's GONNA be TOUGH, but I think we will be able to pull off a 10+ win!!!!! WP jou LEKKA DENG.

      Gazza69 - 2011-07-13 09:39

      Griquas usually knock over a big team or two every year. Hopefully its only the hopeless Bulls and Sharks this year......Proooooooovince!

      Rob - 2011-07-13 11:59

      WP is not such a lekker ding. No cup in 10 years. Yawn.. About to be 11.

      Northern Stormer - 2011-07-13 16:48

      Dis al wat die manne in die Noorde op vashak - "No cups for 10 Years, - "No cups in 30 outings" etc etc etc. Ek wonder wanneer gaan hulle ontslae raak van die Graad 3 comments !!! Ek persoonlik dink hulle worry - of miskien nie - wie weet ???

      Gazza69 - 2011-07-13 16:50

      Stormers won the SA conference Trophy Rob........!!! Don't you watch Super Rugby...?

  • Bulldozer - 2011-07-13 08:03

    I didn't know they had any secrets.

      CliffB - 2011-07-14 08:16

      Bulldozer : The only secret we know is that the Bull fans are pricks !!! ( Oh Sorry , Thats not a secret !!!!)

  • Bulldozer - 2011-07-13 08:13

    Go Earl!!!

  • jk - 2011-07-13 08:18

    just sooo glad earl the pearl rose are back in the sticks. gonna be a very tough game for us on sat-wp dont want to play catcup rugby on sat and in the weeks to come

  • Aldrich - 2011-07-13 08:29

    Hopefully Earl can pull of a man of the match performance

      Dan - 2011-07-13 08:33

      .. and how is he gonna do that? Have you seen him play before?

      jk - 2011-07-13 08:38

      dan-lol!!!!, his brother is even worse...

      Allin - 2011-07-13 16:10

      He won't be able to pull off a man of the match performance if he as the only player on the field!

  • Dan - 2011-07-13 08:32

    For f@#k sake, who the hell worries about Sir Earl Rose? What is going on with our sports reporters?

      jk - 2011-07-13 08:34

      i agree dan, hes so low key, and a full 15min were spend on him to write the article... nothing else to report on??

  • Kok - 2011-07-13 08:49

    Go Earl!!!!

  • Kok - 2011-07-13 08:50

    Earl is the most underrated rugby player in SA. Wish the Chiefs (in NZ) offer him a contract for S15 next year.

      jk - 2011-07-13 08:58

      kokie- why you looking for attention from us??

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-13 09:09

      Kok, I rate him as high as Dan Cooper and Quade Carter.

      jk - 2011-07-13 09:14

      and i rate rugby knowledge as high as kokdozer and kok&bull... clowns

      Grey B - 2011-07-13 09:29

      Kok WTF are you still doing here? Your team is out and this article has F-all to do with NZ rugby. Do us all a fovour and evaporate!

      Shistirrer - 2011-07-13 09:58


      Kok - 2011-07-13 11:04

      Jk, just ....

      Kok - 2011-07-13 11:05

      Grey B: My team is out, but News24 is still here.

      Grey B - 2011-07-13 15:21

      Please Kok, give me your adres, please

      Allin - 2011-07-13 16:11

      Brilliant idea, then the Chiefs are out of the S15, one less team to worry about!

      Kok - 2011-07-14 10:14

      @Grey B: No. 152 7th Avenue Manenberg

  • caleb69 - 2011-07-13 09:55

    Rose factor?? So glad the Lions got rid of him.

      jk - 2011-07-13 10:27

      nobody wants him, if i was him i would be very ashame...

      Kok - 2011-07-13 11:05

      jk: jy klink vir my na 'n racist.

      jk - 2011-07-13 13:02

      kokkie, rasis, hier gaat ons alweer, as iets nie uitwerk vir julle nie dans dit racist... kom by bra!!

  • Oukoos - 2011-07-13 13:46

    @KOK, ek het dit voorheen gesê en ek sê dit weer. Jy het 'n groot chip op jou skouer. Word 'n slag groot, my ou! Rose is 'n vrot rugbyspeler. Juan de Jongh is 'n goeie rugbyspeler. Geo Aplon is 'n briljante rugbyspeler. Voorgenoemde stellings het niks met kleur of met die karakter van spelers te doen nie - slegs met hul vermoëns op die rugbyveld. As jy dit nie verstaan nie, is jy so dom soos 'n plank. NS. Rose, die "briljante" rugbyspeler was aan die begin van die S15 seisoen beskikbaar vir 'n kontrak. Maar die Saders het hom nie gekontrakteer nie. Is dit omdat die Saders rassisties is? Id dit omdat die Saters die verskil tussen kwaliteit en jy weet wat ken?

  • barshell - 2011-07-13 13:58

    Since when has there ever been a "Rose factor" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kleinboet - 2011-07-13 23:29

    Ons (WP) het 'n probleem! Griekwas is mensvreters … en dan het hulle vanjaar nog vir Earl Rose ook! Hoop maar Sir Rose se lyf is nog bietjie seer van die Super15-speeltyd wat hy vir die Stormers ingesit het!

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