Wednesday , October 27 2021

Why Springboks will be missing Faf de Klerk


Scrumhalf Faf de Klerk will play this weekend in Sale Sharks as part of an agreement between Springbok Rassie Erasmus coach and club, which means a much needed time for the next halfback against Scotland.

In terms of physical construction, De Klerk does not leave a big hole, but after the vigor of the year in which his fighting approach and improved technical skills have become the key to Bok's success, he will miss it.

De Klerk's participation on the current route where Boxing played against England and France with Scotland and Wales was always in balance due to the needs of Sales.

But on both sides there was a compromise with De Klerk playing for Boxing during last week's victory of 29-26 over France.

He is also expected to be able to play against Wales next week.

This weekend, play a duel with the English Premiership newspaper leaders, Saracens, which is a win for the fighting sharks who currently occupy the second place in the general classification.

The sale won only two of six matches, while the Saraceni are unbeaten and share the first place with Exeter.

De Klerk is likely to be working with the Currie Cup this weekend, winning Robert du Preez's fly-job for sale with the latter in England under a short-term contract.

Du Preez made his last bench debut last week when Leicester defeated Leineester on defense 18-16.

Absence De Klerk opens the door to two of three scrumhalves on the road – Ivan van Zyl, Embrose Papier and Louis Schreuder – to play this weekend.

Van Zyl took off against England 10 days ago and was sturdy and dogged in keeping to the box instructions to kick the ball so much that they could change their name to November 3, "Boxing Day".

He played 75 minutes and Paper earned just five minutes before the bench.

Against France, De Klerk started the game and played for 80 an unused substitute for the fourth time this season.

The paper has five sample hats, but he only played 26 minutes in rugby test, of which only 17 minutes was in scrumhalf.

The remaining nine minutes were a substitute for the wing.

Van Zyl is the only halfback in the trial run group, he played for the whole 80 minutes against Wales in Washington and also started against England.

Schreuder has one hat and nine minutes of rugby test in his name.

Erasmus admitted earlier that the halfback was a problem.

"We are weak (on scrumhalf)" – Erasmus admitted when he addressed the media in London two weeks ago.

"It's just one of those cycles we're going through, where we do not have many experienced nines."

There are good reasons to give Papa a nod to his first test in Scotland on Murrayfield on Saturday.

Weather conditions in Edinburgh are unexpectedly for one.

The dry field certainly fits the Paper game, and Erasmus suggested that his team made poor decisions regarding the attack against France, even though the match was played in the rain.

Erazm felt that Boxing has options when to kick, and when you move the ball, there is nothing to watch him, which was a clear signal that he wants to make better decisions on the attack. These instincts come naturally to the 21-year-old Pope.

The eye for breaking cigarettes around the edges and brave defense are also quality attributes.

But the fact that Papier was an unused reserve four times points to Erasmus' reluctance to use it.

Even so, it is impossible for Erasmus to miss this chance to launch the Paper with only six tests before the Rugby World Cup 2019.

He could also offer Schreuder a chance from the bench.

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