Do Not Sell My Personal Information
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump RugbyDump
Monday Nov 2, 2020

Is Dupont now up there with De Klerk as the world's form number nine?

Is Dupont now up there with De Klerk as the world's form number nine?

There’s no denying that Antoine Dupont is a key cog in almost everything France does. The scrum-half is a ubiquitous player and a nightmare to play against. Whether it’s quick distribution, precise box-kicking or the sublime support lines, an on-form Dupont is scintillating.

ADVERTISEMENT

And the good news for France – and bad news for opponents – is that he rarely has an off-day.

Even when considering his embarrassing moment against England on the opening weekend, where he kicked the ball dead a minute too early [which ultimately cost France the title as England snatched a late losing bonus point], Dupont is the real deal.

It’s not just the control, it’s the overall influence of Dupont which drives France forward. With Ntamack outside him and a ferocious pack which includes the likes of Grégory Alldritt, Julien Marchand, Charles Olivon and Paul Willemse, the diminutive nine has the perfect platform to assert his dominance on the game.

There are similarities between Dupont and South Africa’s Faf de Klerk, namely that stature doesn’t seem to put either player off when it comes to physicality. De Klerk has become known around the world as the small scrum-half who put Ireland prop Jack McGrath on his backside, and who sent England back-rower Nathan Hughes backward at a rate of knots.

Although, it’s not just that. It’s also about game management and always being on the shoulder of a line breaker. De Klerk has a trusty boot to get South Africa out of trouble or just plain territory.

ADVERTISEMENT

Dupont does that as well. De Klerk scores a lot of his tries either by sniping through the defensive line or running ahead of the gain line in anticipation of a break, which Dupont executed perfectly against Ireland last weekend too.

Midi Olympique and L’Équipe both talk about a “Golden Generation” being born out of Galthié’s new crop of players and with the Petit Général in charge, it’s no wonder the country and the wider rugby community are relieved to see France return to their best.

The Southern Hemisphere has Faf de Klerk as the stand-out half-back – you can add Aaron Smith to that as well – with both asserting immense influence on how the game is played.

ADVERTISEMENT

In Smith and De Klerk particularly, the attacking nouse is potent and the same traits are seen in Dupont. The difference between the French nine and the two others is that both Smith and De Klerk are World Cup winners.

Who knows, if France maintain their form and learn to keep cool under pressure, Dupont could well join them in that prestigious club.

Related Articles

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell...

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary...

  • 16 WEEKS AGO

    The highs and lows of Yoann Huget after he...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: All 42 Test match tries scored by George North

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Josua Tuisova makes rugby look easy, this time setting up a try from No8

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Piutau sets up the epic try EVERYONE is talking about

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    DAN CARTER: The ultimate highlights package of an incredible 19-year career

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Nigel Owens explains why THAT Jonny May try was awarded vs Italy

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 1 DAY AGO

    WATCH: All FIVE Maro Itoje penalties against Wales in Six Nations clash

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Classic moment Chris Latham throws opposition across the touchline like a sandbag

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Cooper laments the direction rugby is heading in as we see another breakdown red card

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Nasty incident in Super Rugby Aotearoa opener goes unpunished as ref says play on

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Bans dished out after 3 Red Cards in Leicester vs Wasps game

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Online abuse over Owen Farrell interview reduces BBC presenter to tears

  • 1 DAY AGO

    WATCH: The two HUGE decisions in Six Nations clash which have enraged English rugby fans

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Barrett's conversion somehow ruled out in Super Rugby Aotearoa clash

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    First Super Rugby Aotearoa goal line drop out sets up amazing finale in tournament opener

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Will Skelton finds loophole in laws to make bizarre-looking lineout steal

View All

Funnies

  • 1 DAY AGO

    WATCH: Hilarious try fail has Samoan commentators in stitches

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: The funniest and most controversial moments of Wayne Barnes' career

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Biarritz score EPIC late try in dramatic yet hilarious fashion to win Pro D2 match

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    Fijian wing who lifted a referee like Lion King now faces a disciplinary hearing

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    Referee JP Doyle reacts to hilarious moment red card was dished out after bizarre celebration

View All

Amateur

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 54 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 54 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 55 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 55 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Bumping off tacklers and taking high balls, Rob Kearney had an impressive Super Rugby debut

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary focused on those from non-traditional backgrounds

View All
Is Dupont now up there with De Klerk as the world's form number nine? | RugbyDump - Rugby News & Videos