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Faf de Klerk would like to put the dis­ap­point­ment of omis­sion from last year’s World Cup group be­hind him and start again on Satur­day.

“You want to show them this is where you’re sup­posed to be. I be­lieve I am good enough to be here. I plan to stay here for a long time. You prac­tise a bit harder and ev­ery­thing has to be ex­e­cuted more ac­cu­rately. Luck­ily, ev­ery­thing hap­pens nat­u­rally for me. You get the feel­ing you’re pass­ing the ball a bit bet­ter. Now the chal­lenge is to per­se­vere with your form.

“If we have a kick­ing plan that has to be ex­e­cuted, I will do it. But our or­ders are to use our op­por­tu­ni­ties on the at­tack. Then you have to be­lieve in what you’re do­ing.

“I be­lieve a scrum half has to be able to kick. Due to the Lions’ game plan, I don’t have to kick a lot. There­fore, many peo­ple don’t re­gard me as a kick­ing scrum half, but at the Pu­mas I did a lot of kick­ing. For me, it’s about de­ter­min­ing the sit­u­a­tion.

“That’s what’s nice about the [Lions]. When some­one makes a mis­take, we’ll only say ‘next time’ and move on.”

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