De Allende in need of a break

    2015-05-13 14:01

    Cape Town - After a largely impressive season in which he has catapulted himself into Springbok contention for the September/October World Cup, Damian de Allende is in need of a break.

    The centre has played in every Stormers match this Super Rugby season and remains a crucial player to coach Allister Coetzee’s hopes of going the distance in the competition.

    A rare error against the Brumbies almost proved costly, though. With just 14 minutes gone, De Allende gathered the ball and then stabbed a poor grubber straight to Joe Tomane as the visitors went 10 points clear.

    Coetzee was not overly concerned by that, but does acknowledge that De Allende will be one of the players to benefit most from this week’s break.

    “If you look at a player like Damien de Allende, a lot of people are talking about how poor he’s played,” Coetzee said.

    “That is one of the players who hasn’t missed any games, who hasn’t had any rest and has trained every session and was in the Bok camp.”

    “He’s over-reaching and we were so worried about it a while ago, but everything was so crucial. That’s why this break is massively important for a player of his calibre.”

    “I know that Damian will come back refreshed and that’s vital for the rest of the campaign.”

    The Stormers are next in action when they host the Rebels on May 23. 

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