Faf de Klerk pulls off crazy try assist in the middle of red card challenge
With a World Cup and British & Irish Lions series already to his name, South Africa and Yokohama Canon Eagles scrum-half Faf de Klerk thought he’d give playing rugby upside down a go, and he was not too bad.
Up against Toshiba Brave Lupus Tokyo in Japan Rugby League One on Saturday, the 31-year-old was able to produce and assist for lock Max Douglas while being up ended.
After jumping into a tackle (which is actually illegal), de Klerk found himself being thrown in the air in a two man tackle. However, before being dropped, he was able to get the ball away to Douglas, who ran in for the try- albeit with a fair amount of work to do.
De Klerk was able to reach out his hands and cushion the fall to prevent any harm. In fact, he was able to fashion the fall into a handstand. But if he had not been able to, he was going to fall onto his head. Had that happened, it would surely have been a punishable with a card, probably a red. But the South African came away unscathed, and actually saw his side score in their 59-48 victory.
Take a look at the try:
Faf De Klerck l’acrobate 🤸♂️
— World Rugby FR 🇫🇷 (@WorldRugby_FR) February 21, 2023