The turning point in Specman's career
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.