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Knee and knockout: the impressive blow a Springboks player received against the All Blacks

Faf de Klerk had to leave the field of play attended by medical personnel after the tremendous blow.  Photo: AP

On the first date of Rugby Championshipthe Springboks they became strong, they defeated 26 to 10 the All Blacks at Mbombela Stadium in the city of Nelspruit and handed the New Zealanders their third straight loss.

But in the long-awaited match of the Southern Hemisphere tournament, an image surprised the thousands of people who attended the stadium. It is that, when only 40 seconds of the game had passed, the scrum half Faf de Klerk wanted to tackle the wing caleb clarke but He brutally collided with his knee and was knocked out.

The experienced 30-year-old scrum-half suffered blackout and he had to leave the playing field with oxygen and assisted by medical personnel on a stretcher. To calm the fright of those present, it was confirmed that did not suffer serious injuries and he was seen returning through the locker room tunnel 20 minutes after leaving the field. Then he was applauded throughout the stadium.

Barely forty seconds had passed when this moment of tension and nervousness was experienced. Referee Angus Gardner immediately stopped play so that the Springboks scrum-half could receive the necessary attention. In his place came Hendrikse.

De Klerk was world champion with the Springboks in 2019 and was back in the starting eleven after sitting out his team’s second and third tests on the last tour. For his part, the New Zealand winger was playing his first game for the All Blacks since November 2022.

Faf de Klerk had to leave the field of play attended by medical personnel after the tremendous blow. Photo: AP

Finally, the local public celebrated the victory of the South African team against the New Zealanders by 26-10, after eight years of not being able to do so on their land. A good way to face the start of the Rugby Championship.

The All Blacks were coming off two straight defeats at home to Ireland. With this loss against South Africa, he chained a third consecutive setback and will have to work to raise his head. Next Saturday they will have revenge.

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