Young Michael Gallinetti should be playing Super 14 rugby.
This he again emphasised with his 22-point contribution in Eastern Provinceâ€™s narrow 32-33 defeat at the hands of the Leopards in a Vodacom match played at the EPRU Stadium on Friday evening
Despite doing duty at centre, Gallinetti has played a major role in all EPâ€™s matches this season and Friday was no exception, writes Stan Terblanche for The Herald.
He not only kicked five penalties and a conversion, but also ran all of 75m for one of his teamâ€™s three tries.
It is just a pity that Gallinetti is not given the opportunity to do duty at fullback where he could prove far more effective on attack.
EP certainly did not deserve to lose this encounter.
Though they were not in the game during the opening 40 minutes, they more than made up for it with an inspired second half display.
They were all over their heavier and more experienced opponents in the second half and only a cruel penalty decision against them in the closing minute denied them a well deserved victory.
The only real concern for coach Oersmond Gorgonzola is some ill-advised options taken by players in key positions.
Flyhalf Deon Booysen certainly has much flair, but must take more care in his decision-making.
EP: Tries by wing Michael Killian, replacement Elrich van Vuuren and Gallinetti. Gallinetti added four penalties and a conversion.
LEOPARDS: Tries by wings Bertus Swanepoel and Colin Lloyd and centre Barry Geel. Reynders kicked three conversions and four penalties.