Diminutive Faf de Klerk boots Welsh giants into touch


Diminutive Faf de Klerk boots Welsh giants into touch

Bok scrumhalf proves size doesn’t mean half as much as tactical thinking, wit and invention


SA’s Faf de Klerk may have been the smallest man on the pitch but that did not stop the scrumhalf making his presence felt as the Springboks edged out Wales 19-16 in Yokohama on Sunday for a place in next week’s World Cup final against England.

Before kick-off, much had been made of the sheer physical threat posed by SA’s forwards, but De Klerk, not for the first time this tournament, demonstrated that even modern rugby union can still be a game for all shapes and sizes.

During a dire first half that ended with the Springboks 9-6 ahead after Handre Pollard kicked three penalties to two from Dan Biggar, De Klerk provided a few moments of wit and invention...

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