Taking the step up – Matt Rosslee
Matt Rosslee played a solid debut for the Griquas against the SWD Eagles in a friendly last weekend. Griquas won 50:12 with the Ikeys flyhalf come center scoring a try to cap off a solid trial.
The University of Cape Town player starred for the men from Kimberley as they easily disposed of the hapless Eagles at the D’Almeida Stadium in Mossel Bay.
While the performance of Rosslee will be celebrated, the flipside was the injury of Griquas’ star scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius, who took a knock to the leg and will be in a race against time to be fit for the opening round of the Currie Cup next week.
Springbok win Bjorn Basson scored twice as he showed the finishing power that earned him his international call-up this year reports rugby365.
For the SWD Eagles:
Tries: McBean, Potts
Tries: Basson 2, Viljoen, Rosslee, Wilkins, Barnes, Spies, Malgas
Cons: Olivier 5
SWD Eagles: 15 Bobby Joubert, 14 Baldwin McBean, 13 Senithemba Zweni, 12 Bevin Fortuin (captain), 11 Joe Breytenbach, 10 Ambrose Barends, 9 Dougie Hellmuth, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Christo du Plessis, 6 Danzel Manuel, 5 Henry Grimes, 4 Giant Mtyanda, 3 Tiaan de Kock, 2 Wayne Bennett, 1 Jaco Terblanché.
Replacements: 16 Jandré de Beer, 17 Beyers Bekker, 18 Phillip Spies, 19 Lyndon Hartnich, 20 Jandré Blom, 21 Marchall Potts, 22 Cedric Ryneveld.
Griquas: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Dewald Pretorius, 13 Wilmaure Louw, 12 Matt Rosslee, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Naas Olivier (captain), 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 Davon Raubenheimer, 6 Wesley Wilkens, 5 Cecil Kemp, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Albertus Buckle, 2 Ryno Barnes, 1 Was Roberts.
Replacements: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 Frikkie Spies, 19 Gerhard Human, 20 Warren Malgas, 21 Richard Lawson, 22 Rudi Vogt.