Mallett heaps praise on De Allende
Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett was impressed by the performance of Stormers centre Damian de Allende in the Cape side's win over the Lions in Johannesburg at the weekend.
As it happened: Lions v Stormers
The Springbok midfielder was named man-of-the-match after the Stormers' 22-19 victory.
Most notably, he made a late try-saving tackle in the dying moments of the game when it appeared that Lions centre Howard Mnisi was on the verge of scoring. De Allende's tackle knocked the ball out of Mnisi's hands with the tryline begging.
"De Allende is back on form," Mallett said in the SuperSport studio afterwards. "What I like about him is he holds the ball in two hands when he's running, he's looking to off-load and at the last moment when he can't, he'll tuck it in and take contact. As opposed to tuck it in, and then the defence knows for certain that he's going to take contact."
Mallett said he felt it was a great game of rugby.
"In difficult conditions, I thought both teams played fabulous rugby, got stuck into each other on defence, at set phases and at the breakdown. It was really exciting right down to the last minute, as was the previous game (where the Bulls beat the Sharks 43-35 at Loftus Versfeld).