Bok outcast obliterates Ireland international on the way to terrifying try
Even with the likes of Duane Vermeulen, Jasper Wiese and Elrigh Louw playing for South Africa during the Rugby Championship, it was a mystery to many Springboks fans why No8 Evan Roos did not feature during the competition.
After winning more or less every accolade possible in the United Rugby Championship last season with the Stormers, the 22-year-old was capped against Wales in July before being overlooked by Jacques Nienaber during the Rugby Championship, where the Boks finished in second place, level on points with winners the All Blacks.
Just to add to add to the bewilderment in South Africa, Roos started this new season with the Stormers with a bang, scoring in the opening five minutes of the match. This was a try that had ‘Test No8’ written all over it, and was one that very few, if any, forwards in the world could score.
After receiving the ball on the halfway line, a small step put the No8 into space, where he surged towards the 22. Ireland winger Mack Hansen looked as though he had Roos covered though, but the winger probably did not account for the fact that Roos is an absolute beast. The 110kg ran through Hansen, barely being slowed down by the tackle, as he surged towards the corner for the try.
This try came on the same day that the Boks beat Argentina 38-21, although they did not get the required 39 point margin to bring them the Rugby Championship. The tough thing for Roos is that Wiese was immense in Durban as well in a try scoring display. This shows how hard it will be for him to break into the Bok back row, but with runs like the one he produced against Connacht, Nienaber will find it harder and harder to justify not picking him.
Take a look at the try: