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Damian de Allende's great form continues with big hit against the Brumbies

Damian de Allende's great form continues with big hit against the Brumbies
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As far as textbook tackling technique goes, it doesn’t get much more accurate than this monster hit from Stormers back Damian de Allende against the Brumbies. It’s another highlight in an impressive season, so he must be firmly in the Springboks selectors sights.

De Allende’s enormous hit on opposite number Robbie Coleman early in the second half was worthy of the subsequent “oooh” noise the Newlands crowd following the clash. While Coleman was completely sold by the long pass, De Allende read it well.

With officials currently very quick to penalise for lifting past the 90 degree mark, or for ineffectively taking responsibility for returning players back to the turf, the execution of De Allende’s tackle was technically perfect.

His powerful nature in defence is merely a string on the 23-year-old centre’s well equipped bow however. An extremely effective offensive player, and integral part of the current Stormers setup, De Allende looks likely to be a Springbok feature in the upcoming World Cup.

Having received a call up in 2014, he was unfortunate to suffer a serious knee ligament injury, forcing him to withdraw from the squad. Following rehabilitation, he returned to international rugby and earned his first cap against Argentina, during the 2014 Rugby Championship.

It isn’t only his attitude on the field that is impressing Bok selectors however, but also his nature off it, made clear by remarks from head Springbok attack coach, Johann van Graan.

“The thing that impresses me most about Damian is his will to succeed. He has a very clear idea of what he wants; he knows where he’s come from and where he’s going. He’s come from a background where he’s had to fight, and he’s brought that attitude through.”

De Allende himself makes no secret of his career aims in rugby.

“My main goal is to go to the World Cup later this year. I am fully committed to the Stormers at this stage, and I know I can improve in just about every area. But that World Cup is in the back of my mind,” the hefty centre said recently.

Unquestionably talented, and with an almost unrivalled passion to succeed, if De Allende continues to play the way he has been, and also tackle as he does below – there’s definitely a good chance that he will be making an appearance in green and gold come September.  

This clip of the hit is very short, so if you’ve never seen much of him in action but want to see more, take a look at the up to date Damian de Allende tribute that we’ve added on page two

credit: jerome v2

10 Comments

  • spencah
    6:41 PM 17/09/2015

    So what are you guys saying now then? Devilliers is distinctly average and De allende should start hands down.....maybe the boys at RD aren't so silly after all me thinks

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  • bunn
    8:25 PM 16/05/2015

    I'm sure De Villiers is in rehab from a serious knee injury so De Allende has a chance

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  • eddie-g
    2:35 PM 15/05/2015

    Could Steyn be selected again? I thought he'd been ruled out indefinitely after he withdrew from the squad - what was it two years ago? - and he wasn't included in the training squads.

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  • eddie-g
    2:35 PM 15/05/2015

    Could Steyn be selected again? I thought he'd been ruled out indefinitely after he withdrew from the squad - what was it two years ago? - and he wasn't included in the training squads.

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  • drg
    9:38 AM 15/05/2015

    De Villiers is such an immense player! I think he's definitely an all time favourite. His appearance is so deceptive because he actually looks a bit wirey, I'm guessing it's because if his height, but his power is awesome.

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  • katman
    9:05 AM 15/05/2015

    I think De Allende is a great player, but I just can't see him unseating De Villiers or Serfontein at inside centre. And then there's also Francois Steyn. Really, really tough position to compete for.

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  • eddie-g
    9:50 PM 14/05/2015

    I'd say he's a possible rather than a probable for the squad. He should however get some opportunities in the rugby championships - the Bokke will be resting the definites for the WC squad for at least half the tournament - and maybe he'll play himself into contention.

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  • rugbydump
    8:49 AM 14/05/2015

    Agreed. It's just a general acknowledgement of his season as a whole (and this solid hit), and perhaps a bit of an introduction for those around the globe who may not have heard of him. I'd say the chances of him being at the RWC are pretty high, but yes, it's by no means a sure thing.

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  • drg
    12:17 AM 14/05/2015

    Two points, (unless I get carried away): 1. It was disappointing to see that no try came from that charge down, what a lovely demonstration! 2. I can sadly say, that I could see that tackle resulting in a yellow card in this day and age. Don't get me wrong, I think it'd be a travesty, but I really can see it!

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  • eddie-g
    10:15 PM 13/05/2015

    A little amused by the timing of this article - De Allende has had a very good season (he was immense on tour for the Stormers), but he had a bit of a stinker last weekend against the Brumbies. I also think you are a bit optimistic on his Bok prospects. He's seen as more of an outside bet to make the Bok squad for the world cup, especially now that Jean de Villiers sounds like he's well ahead of schedule on his recovery. And he has a longer-term problem, that Jan Serfontein - a Meyer favourite - also has 12 as his best position. I do agree that he looks an international prospect, just don't think anyone should think he's nailed on yet, not even for the next World Cup.

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