But De Klerk, still a youngster at 22, believes the side faces a Super Rugby firestorm at Newlands this weekend afterbeating the Stormers 34-10 at Ellis Park earlier in the competition.
“I think the Stormers would have taken a good look at us after what happened earlier and they’ll definitely want to put up a better performance,” said De Klerk.
The Lions will also require a solid performance after going down to the Sharks and with their upcoming away leg looming as a huge challenge.
“I think we were well in the game until a late stage when they turned possession over and scored a try,” De Klerk said.
“But the mood in the camp has been excellent this week and we desperately want to create that winning momentum again.”
After initially being discarded by the Blue Bulls before finding his mojo at the Pumas under his former school coach at Waterkloof, Jimmy Stonehouse, De Klerk said the competition had been a relevation.
“I’m very happy with the way it has gone so far, and it’s great for the smaller unions that their players are recognised,” he said bluntly, referring to fellow Pumas like Coenie van Wyk, Stefan Watermeyer and Corne Fourie.
“I have enjoyed playing against experienced guys such as Will Genia (Reds) and Piri Weepu (Blues), who I’ve really looked up to in the past,” he said.
And will he be looking elsewhere after all the hype around him?
“My contract with the Pumas runs until next year and I haven’t received any outside offers,” he said.