Taute gets chance at centre for DHL WP

August 28, 2014
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Jaco Taute will make his first Absa Currie Cup start in DHL Western Province colours, after being named at inside centre for Saturday’s meeting with the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Pretoria (kick-off 17h05).

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Springbok Taute replaces the injured Michael van der Spuy (hamstring) in the No.12 shirt in the only change to the DHL WP starting XV from last weekend’s 27-14 win over the Golden Lions.

Former SA Under-20 star Pat Howard, a Round One try-scorer against the EP Kings, replaces Taute on the bench – meaning just two changes overall to the Province 22 from last week.

Taute scored a valuable try off the bench last week after replacing Van der Spuy in the 59th minute and his experience will be a major boon for the unbeaten and table-topping DHL Western Province outfit ahead of Saturday’s clash at Loftus Versfeld.

DHL WP coach Allister Coetzee told www.wprugby.com: “This is a great opportunity for Jaco. I’ve said before that his size and skill-set could make him into the ideal centre and he now has an opportunity to show us just that.

“Jaco is still very young (at 23 years of age) but he’s already very experienced having played Test and Super Rugby at centre before.

“But his skill and strength aside, his communication is his biggest attribute and I look forward to seeing him operate in the No.12 jersey.

“Your depth is tested quite severely during the Absa Currie Cup,” added Coetzee, “so having versatile players like Jaco (in our squad) is a good thing – especially ahead of a big game like Saturday.”

The Bulls picked up a welcome 30-25 win over the EP Kings last weekend and will be determined to make it back-to-back victories in front of their home support as they also look to avenge their Round Two defeat to DHL WP in Cape Town two weeks ago.

“We will respect any team we play against and it doesn’t get much bigger than playing against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld – no matter what happened last time between us,” said Coetzee.

“The Bulls did well to beat the EP Kings. Don’t look at the scoreline, they’ve come off a difficult few weeks and it was a big and valuable win for them.”

The DHL WP team for Saturday (v the Blue Bulls, away) is as follows:

15. Cheslin Kolbe 14. Kobus van Wyk 13. Juan de Jongh (captain) 12. Jaco Taute (First Absa Currie Cup start for DHL Western Province) 11. Seabelo Senatla 10. Demetri Catrakilis 9. Nic Groom 8. Nizaam Carr 7. Michael Rhodes 6. Siya Kolisi 5. Manuel Carizza 4. Jean Kleyn 3. Pat Cilliers (vice-captain) 2. Stephan Coetzee 1. Alistair Vermaak

Replacements: 16. Neil Rautenbach 17. Brok Harris 18. Ruan Botha 19. Rynhardt Elstadt 20. Louis Schreuder 21. Kurt Coleman 22. Pat Howard

Referee: Craig Joubert Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge, Cobus Wessels Television Match Official: Willie Vos

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11 Comments

  1. avatar Bekke says:
    August 28th, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Ai phok tog! Die klong kan nie tackle of pass nie, so ‘n ideale pakket op senter…

  2. avatar Craven says:
    August 29th, 2014 at 7:03 am

    This poor guy is being seriously stuffed around at Province. He will not regain his form with him playing all over the backline. Province have really damaged this poor oke, he was really good at the Lions. Hopefully he can do what Michael Rhodes did and find some proper form and get a permanent starting berth.

  3. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    August 29th, 2014 at 7:27 am

    He played for the Lions in the midfield more than just once if I recall?

  4. avatar Craven says:
    August 29th, 2014 at 7:48 am

    @Jacques(Bunny):

    I think you are right, it was on those grounds that Heyneke picked him at centre.

  5. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    August 29th, 2014 at 8:31 am

    @Craven: Ja Craven but let’s be honoust he never really got back to that form from the Lions since he had that injury a year or so ago.

    I really like the dude when he played for the Lions and hope in some way he get’s that form back

  6. avatar Craven says:
    August 29th, 2014 at 8:53 am

    @Jacques(Bunny):

    Agreed

  7. avatar DavidS says:
    August 29th, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    @Jacques(Bunny):

    Almost exclusively at 13 when at the Lions.

  8. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    August 29th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    @DavidS: Yes you right and he was pretty good with their gameplan.

  9. avatar DavidS says:
    August 29th, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    He also had Doppies la Grange inside him.

    My reckoning is that the WP totally destroyed him as a player.

    With Bryan Habana, Schalk Britz, Conrad Jantjes, Gcobani Bobo, Jaque Fourie and Elton Jantjes preceding him this makes it 100% for the WP in totally f***king up the careers of extremely talented Lions players…

    I hope Lions players see the pattern for future reference… I suppose Pat Cilliers is just a matter of time…

    Sorry buut I am embittered.

  10. avatar DavidS says:
    August 29th, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    @Jacques(Bunny):

    His try in the 2011 CC final was a thing of beauty…

  11. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    August 29th, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    @DavidS: Ye it was brilliant

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