The Freckles published by 26-10 a rugby lesson All are black in them Rugby Championship opener at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday.

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There was an early – very early – moment of concern for Springbok supporters when the scrum half ended Faf de Klerk was knocked out after 43 seconds of the match.

De Klerk was taken off the field and replaced by Jaden Hendricks only one other back-line player (Willy le Roux) remaining on the bench.

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In the end it is no as Jaden Hendricks put in a high performance and would have been a strong contender for man of the match award if not for a flawless 50th hooker test Malcolm Marx.

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With De Klerk almost certain to be ruled out with concussion for the second clash against the All Blacks at Ellis Park in Johannesburg next Saturday, Hendricks should be in the starting line-up – and could well cement his position in the No.9 jersey.

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Hendricks now plays rugby for Sharks in KwaZulu-Natal, while De Klerk recently sought a big money offer and is now in Japan.

Hendricks is also only 22, while De Klerk will turn 31 in October.

Time to reward the young man from Mzansi I thinkā€¦

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