Monday Jun 25, 2018 Faf de Klerk lauded for huge defence on much larger Nathan Hughes

Faf de Klerk lauded for huge defence on much larger Nathan Hughes
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England got the better of South Africa in Cape Town on Saturday night in their final match, winning 25-10. However, the series was claimed by the Springboks and they’ll have plenty to be happy about moving forward, not the least of which is the play of scrum half Faf de Klerk, as Nathan Hughes found out first-hand after this brilliant tackle.

Much of the discussion revolving around this position is reserved for the likes of Conor Murray and Aaron Smith, two undisputed superstars. However, Faf deserves a place in the conversation again as after returning from the UK, he now has the Springbok machine hitting on all cylinders.

He was electric all series – kicking well, flying all over the place, and making a general nuisance of himself, all traits any good scrum half needs to be effective. 

Perhaps his best moment came in the third Test with this impressive tackle on massive Hughes.

In this one-on-one battle, one would think there is no way Hughes loses that matchup. However, De Klerk used his tenacity and quickness off the English scrum to close the gap and smother Hughes before the number 8 knew what hit him. 

While not the biggest of hits, it was an extremely heads-up and intelligent tackle. And it’s yet another example of size not always being the sole determining factor.

Coach Rassie Erasmus must certainly be pleased he decided to bring de Klerk back into the fold. 

Credit: Rugbypass/Getty Images

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  •  rugbydump
    rugbydump

    I read it as 'Samoan' at first. Was very confused

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  •  joeythelemur
    joeythelemur

    Ugh, Samson of course, not Sampson. :-) Or maybe Sanford and Sons.

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  •  joeythelemur
    joeythelemur

    Impressive. He must get his strength from his Sampson-like mane.

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  •  katman
    katman

    Trust Stransky to mess it up. "It's about two things: it's about heart, it's about desire and it's about body position." Ja Joel.

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  •  pickay
    pickay

    He really managed to get the maximum out of this tackle situation! He obviously couldn't just smash Hughes, but driving him back like this was even better in terms of putting England under pressure. Great effort!

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  •  im1
    im1

    i'm not sure de Klerk will ever run out of energy though regardless of how many games he has played!

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  •  drg
    drg

    ...sort of hushes some of those who say England's losses were down to fatigue from a long season when you get a player like de Klerk making a dent!

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