Joost plucks withering Rose

Former Bok scrumhalf Joost van der Westhuizen has slammed Cats fullback Earl Rose for his appalling performance against the Force at Ellis Park.

Rose has played the majority of the Vodacom Super 14 at flyhalf, but returned to his preferred position of fullback following the return of Andre Pretorius from injury.

Speaking on All-Out Rugby, Van der Westhuizen held nothing back in his criticism of the former Western Province player who signed with the Lions at the end of last season.

“I have never seen Rose play as badly as that [against the Force],” he said. “He does everything possible not to make a tackle. I don’t understand why the Cats dont play Conrad Jantjes at fullback – he’s a Springbok and has done very well there before. There have been some very strange selections from the Cats over the last few weeks.”

Van der Westhuizen also gave his former Springbok coach, Rudolf Straeuli, a big punt when assessing the Sharks.

“One man who deserves some credit for the Sharks revival is Straeuli,” he said. “Everyone’s complimented Dick Muir, and deservedly so, but Straeuli must also be doing something right [as the Sharks commercial manager]. They are bringing so many youngsters through their academy. This is in contrast to the Stormers, who are trying to find talent in the Pacific Islands, not the Western Cape.”