• ‘Faf is world class’

    Sale Sharks director of rugby Alex Sanderson has praised scrumhalf Faf de Klerk for his excellent form with the English team this season.

    De Klerk has been a major factor in Sale’s drive for a place in the Premiership top four this season and was influential in their latest 31-16 victory over the Newcastle Falcons this past Friday.

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    The Springbok scrumhalf set up teammate Marlon Yarde for a try in the first half with a bullet pass putting him away in the corner.

    ‘Faf de Klerk was superb again wasn’t he? He’s world class as it is right now but he’s still progressing in the game. We can still get quicker ball to him, though,’ Sanderson said after the fixture.

    ‘If we can get some X factor like Manu Tuilagi or Rohan Janse Van Rensburg in there, they get you quick ball. That’s when you’re super dangerous, isn’t it? We’ll see where he goes from there.

    ‘At the moment, though, he’s getting a better platform from the forwards with the maul and the scrum. But there’s certainly more to come from him.’

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