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Stormers skills coach on Rosko Specman's arrival: 'He's fitted in like a glove'

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Rosko Specman. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)
Rosko Specman. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)
  • The Stormers have confirmed the arrival of speedster Rosko Specman on loan from the Cheetahs.
  • Stormers skills coach Labeeb Levy says Specman has "fitted in like a glove" at his new team.
  • The former sevens ace is set to be named in the Springbok 15-a-side squad and there was a requirement from SA Rugby that he receives more game time.

The Stormers are excited to have Cheetahs speedster Rosko Specman in their camp as they prepare for Friday's PRO14 Rainbow Cup SA clash against the Bulls in Pretoria.

It was reported over the weekend that Specman would be loaned to the Stormers for the remainder of their Rainbow Cup campaign in order to gain valuable game time as he's likely to be included in the 45-man Springbok squad to be named this weekend.

Stormers skills coach Labeeb Levy told reporters in a virtual media briefing that Specman had arrived in Cape Town on Monday.

"He's fitted in like a glove. Our outside backs especially, if you look at Rosco, Sebealo (Senatla), Sergeal (Petersen), Damian (Willemse)... they're almost cut from the same cloth... they bring excitement in their natural play but they're also gelling well with each other in terms of team vibe. It's nice to see," Levy said on Tuesday afternoon.

The skills coach added that he was delighted to work with a player of Specman's calibre.

"This morning I was watching Seabelo and Sergeal sharing team structures and options with him. So, he's actually fitted in well and, from a skills perspective, there's things you can't coach these guys.

"If you're a defence coach, defending [against] that type of players you can build in plans based on what they're going to do, what you think they're going to do and what you think their coaches are going to do... but sometimes they don't even know what they're going to do, so how do you plan for something [like that]... so, it's exciting and happy to see," Levy quipped.

Stormers centre Rikus Pretorius concurred with the assistant coach, saying Specman had brought positive energy to the group.

"The vibe that he brought along when he arrived here yesterday had you thinking he's been here at WP for some time... you wouldn't say he's been at the Cheetahs... he doesn't give up in practice and it was nice seeing his skill set during training. He's a very good player," Pretorius said.

Pretorius added that Specman's communication had stood out when practicing backline moves.

"He gives you options, he communicates really well, he'll tell you exactly when he wants the ball or he'll tell you exactly what to do... and that's something I really enjoy about him - that he gives you the options through communicating."

Specman was in the Springbok Sevens side's plans for the Olympic Games, but earlier indicated that he wanted to try and play for a spot in the British & Irish Lions series.

He looks a certainty to be included when the Bok squad is named on Saturday.

"There was a need from an SA Rugby perspective... he is in the SA squad and there was a requirement to give a player like him game time and we obviously capitalised on that," Levy responded when asked why they agreed to sign Specman on loan.

The Stormers team to tackle the Bulls will be named on Thursday, with Friday's clash at Loftus Versfeld scheduled for 19:00.

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