‘It was very frustrating’ – De Klerk

Date published: August 22 2016

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Springbok scrum-half Faf de Klerk bemoaned the lack of fast ball coming at ruck time after his sides win over Argentina.

The Springboks beat Argentina 30-23 in Nelspruit on Saturday, but despite their win they were dominated at the break downs, an area of the game South Africa usually has control of. 

"It was very frustrating," De Klerk told Timeslive.

"I think the main thing is to get quick ball against these guys. At, literally, every ruck we did not get quick ball. It was very difficult and frustrating for me, but I think we handled it quite well, especially in the last 20 minutes of the game.

"It will be a focus point for us in the next week to ensure that we get quick, clean ball… They slowed the ball quite a lot, next weekend we will need to be a bit more clinical at ruck time."

De Klerk says that they had to adapt to the way Argentina was playing after they found that the South Americans were adept at fielding the Springboks' kicking game.

"We wanted to kick long in the beginning, but they handled that very well. When we started kicking off number nine we put them under pressure," he explained. 

"At Test level you may have a set plan for the weekend, but you have to adapt after seeing what they do well and adapt to take advantage of their weak points."

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