De Allende in need of a break
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
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