Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett heaped
praise on scrumhalf Faf de Klerk following South Africa’s series-clinching win over Ireland in Port Elizabeth at the weekend.
The Boks won a tight encounter 19-13 to claim a 2-1 series
Wing JP Pietersen was named the official man-of-the-match,
but Mallett felt the honour should have been bestowed upon De Klerk.
“With respect to the people who chose JP Pietersen as
man-of-the-match, I thought Faf de Klerk was absolutely superb today,” Mallett said
in the SuperSport studio afterwards.
“He saved two certain tries and we can never call him small
again because he managed to jump six foot to intercept a pass.
“Had that ball gone to the Irish player he would have
certainly scored. And then right at the end of the game, Faf made the most ferocious
tackle on an Irish player by coming off his man and hitting him back to allow
us to turn the ball over and finish the game.
“He had one poor kick, where the forwards were caught
offside, and that was about the only mistake he made in the game.”