Fri 18 Jun 2021 | 08:19

The turning point in Specman's career

The turning point in Specman's career
Fri 18 Jun 2021 | 08:19
The turning point in Specman's career
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SPOTLIGHT: Sevens speedster and magic man Rosko Specman believes his departure from the Bulls last year was the best thing that could have happened to him.

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In the middle of 2020, it was reported that Specman did not fit into Jake White’s grand plan for the Bulls going forward.

He subsequently joined the Cheetahs, a team he had a stint with before in 2017.

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The 32-year-old BlitzBok, who is part of Jacques Nienaber’s 46-man Bok squad, had a number of standout performances for the Cheetahs since then – which made him hard to ignore for higher honours.

During an online media briefing this week, Specman opened up on where he was as a player after he left Pretoria.

“When one door closes, another one opens,” said Specman.

“The way I left the Bulls wasn’t on my terms, but I made peace with it.

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“It was a turning point in terms of my career.

“Maybe it wasn’t that I had a problem with the coach, maybe it was me not doing the things that the coach [Jake White] wants.

“That’s when I was looking deep within myself and saying to myself: ‘Rosko, maybe you are the problem’.

“For me now looking back it was something good.”

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Specman said he is enjoying the atmosphere in the Bok camp in Bloemfontein.

“So far the vibe has been great.

“There is a lot of guys from different unions coming together and they all have their own vibe.

“It just about bringing the energy in the bus or on the field.

“This opportunity [British and Irish Lions series] will not come again so I must be like a sponge and I must get all the information out of Willie [le Roux] and Cheslin [Kolbe].

“I must get information to take my game to the next level.

“They are playing at the highest level and I also want to play there one day,” said Specman.

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