SPORTS DAY: Hands off Faf, Duane warns critics


SPORTS DAY: Hands off Faf, Duane warns critics

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Vermeulen lashes critics: Get off Faf’s back

Get off Faf de Klerk’s back‚ hulking teammate Duane Vermeulen urged critics after the Springboks reached the Rugby World Cup semifinals. De Klerk was instrumental in the Springboks’ 26-3 win over Japan and scooped the man of the match award for his performance. The scrumhalf was incisive and snappy behind an admittedly marauding pack of forwards as the Boks became the only non-pool-winning team to reach the last four. Earlier in the tournament he took flak for his performance against New Zealand in Yokohama. Often the criticism is raised that he kicks too much possession away, but that is the instruction under which he operates. Vermeulen though has taken note of the criticism, but it is perhaps a lot easier to get on De Klerk’s back than his...

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