Fleck gives De Allende ringing endorsement
Cape Town - Stormers
head coach Robbie Fleck has given a ringing endorsement to centre
Damian de Allende ahead of this weekend's Super Rugby quarter-final.
De Allende enjoyed one of his better games of the year last weekend
against the Kings, with the Springbok centre gradually working his way
back to top form after he missed the start of the season through injury.
"With Damian I said to you guys that it would take a bit of time. He came off a big injury," Fleck told reporters.
"This weekend (against the Kings) I felt that the communication in
the backline was excellent... and that alerts Damian to the fact that
these guys are in space.
"That allowed Damian to release his outside backs a little bit more this weekend.
"He said to me personally that he felt the communication was
excellent and that allowed him to straighten the line and still look for
De Allende's qualities as a powerful
carrier in midfield have led him to being capped 16 times by South
Africa, including 15 starts, but that hasn't stopped the 24-year-old
from coming in for criticism about being too one-dimensional.
Fleck however believes De Allende's passing ability is better than
people realise, and that perhaps the overall style of play in South
Africa is actually to blame.
"What makes him dangerous is that he
can get you over that advantage line at any stage, even if there’s a
brick wall in front of him, but he’s got that ability to pass both
sides," added Fleck.
"We haven’t seen it enough in South African rugby, but I can tell you
that he can pass both ways exceptionally well and he can offload in the
tackle exceptionally well.
"I think it’s the guys around him who need to operate a little bit better, to be honest."