HARARE - A bloodied eye, a concussion and bruised ribs were part of the package for Andrew Rose who staggered off Prince Edward’s Jubilee Field on Saturday after putting his body on the line in the Sables’ 19-8 win over Tunisia.
It was another five-star performance from the Boroughmuir Rugby Club captain, who made some big hits in a tough contest, duly earning him the Shumba Maheu man-of-the-match award which carried a price of $500 in the process.
The Scotland-based 27-year-old flank was part of a loose trio that resolutely guarded the Zimbabwean defence and has been an oasis in a Sables side that is yet to hit top gear.
Despite making all his first time tackles stick on Saturday, he had earlier been immense in broken play in the Sables opening 28-20 win against Kenya last most.
With a split eyelid and a concussion, many players would have been forgiven for falling to the ground in search of medical attention but not Rose who soldiered on until the end.
“I would say everything beside the concussion is an every Sunday feeling but I have been well-looked after the ZRU staff,” Rose told the Daily News.
“It was really tough game. The Tunisians were very physical. They really came at us trying to bully us but we did really well to hammer them back and keep them trailing.
“We were unlucky not to finish some of the moves we executed. We didn’t capitalize after we got in behind their defence.”
The former Peterhouse pupil feels more game time is the antidote to some of Zimbabwe’s woes.
“I think more games under our belt will help our situation. We haven’t had as much time together in order for us to be instinctive of each other. That’s making the hole a little bigger," he said.
“But unfortunately in the country we don’t have such luxury (of a longer camp and international friendlies). But we have the raw materials the calibre of players who with more time together can challenge the best.”