Taute not included in WP line-up


DHL Western Province Stormers fullback, Jaco Taute, has not been selected for the team’s line-up to face the Vodacom Blue Bulls for their Currie Cup semi-final match at Newlands Stadium on Saturday due to a rib injury.

Taute injured his rib cage during last weekend’s 28-20 loss against the Cell C Sharks.

Fullback, Michael van der Spuy, will play at inside centre for Saturday’s game, alongside Stormers Captain, Juan de Jongh.

Western Province coach, Allister Coetzee, has said that this centre combination has proved to be a good mix, as this combination has been used in previous Currie Cup matches.

"Unfortunately, Jaco did not make it and one does not want to go into a game with a risk," Coetzee said.

"We can't go into a match with players that are half ready, and the player himself would not want to drop the team. He was not physically fit to play.

"I'm happy to have Michael playing there and he has played the first three (Currie Cup) games with Juan."

Coetzee wanted to place Rynhardt Elstadt in the lock position, mostly due to the number of injuries sustained by the second row line-up.

However, Jean Kleyn has been named as lock, with Elstadt being placed among the loose forwards in order to cover for the second row.

"When deciding on Elstadt, we knew a game against the Bulls will be a physical battle and then we also looked at the way we want to play," Coetzee said.

"This is the best possible team that we can field in terms of what is coming our way on Saturday.

"We have Sikhumbuzo Notshe coming off the bench to give us impact."

Coetzee added that the Bulls play hard and Elstadt would be perfect to cover any threats.

"We have to respect what opposition teams bring to the party and the Bulls have over the years pride themselves on mauls," he said.

"Our work will be cut out to stop driving mauls and Elstadt knows what it is to play like a No 4 lock.

"He plays towards the ball, and his job is also helping secure quicker ball."

EW Viljoen has been included on the bench as a utility back, which would cover fullback, wing or centre.

Coetzee was worried whether Springbok flyhalf, Handre Pollard, would be included in the Bulls side for the match.

"Pollard is a special player with a good rugby brain and our systems provides for that," Coetzee said.

Western Province:
15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh (captain), 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Alistair Vermaak


16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Brok Harris, 19 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 EW Viljoen


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