Rose to blossom against Stormers

Former Western Province utility back Earl Rose is set for a Vodacom Super 14 debut against his 2005 colleagues.

Andre Bester, a man in the know at the Cats, writes that Rose trained at fullback and will be given the responsibility when coach Frans Ludeke confirms his run on XV. Regular fullback Conrad Jantjes is injured and unavailable.

While Rose is set to launch his Super 14 career, former Cats hooker Schalk Brits will have to wait a bit longer to take on his former teammates. Brits is likely to miss out to Springbok hooker Hanyani Shimange for a starting role.

Stormers captain De Wet Barry may still play, but the Stormers will be without Joe van Niekerk and Marius Joubert in the first few rounds.

The Cats injured star Ashwin Willemse has survived pre-season matches and will play on the wing in a backline dominated by Western Cape players. Rose, Willemse, Wayne Julies and Ricky Januarie all played for Western Province and Boland respectively.

Ludeke is set to name a Cats match 22 that includes four Springboks among the subs in DeLarey du Preez, Lawrence Sephaka, Grant Esterhuizen and Jorrie Muller.

Cats (probable team): Earl Rose; Ashwin Willemse, Jaque Fourie, Wayne Julies, Wylie Human; Tiaan Snyman, Enrico Januarie; Ernst Joubert, Wikus van Heerden ©, Baywatch Grobbelaar, Jannes Labuschagne, Trevor Hall, Marius Hurter, Lukas van Biljon, Pietman van Niekerk. Reserves: Delarey du Preez, Lawrence Sephaka, KleinJan Tromp, Willem Stoltz, Jano Vermaak, Grant Esterhuizen, Jorrie Muller.