Cape Town - Stormers fullback Jaco Taute is
ready for action after recovering from a knee injury.
Coach Allister Coetzee said the plan was
for Taute to regain match fitness for Western Province in the Vodacom Cup but
injuries could necessitate his return for this Saturday’s Super Rugby clash
against the Brumbies at Newlands.
“Giving him forty minutes in the Vodacom
Cup is the initial plan, but with our injuries at present we could slot him
into the team against a quality Brumbies outfit. It’s a decision we will still
have to make and one we will make before Thursday’s team announcement,” Coetzee
told the Stormers’ official website.
In other injury news, lock Ruan Botha has
been ruled out of the clash with the Brumbies, while centre and vice-captain
Juan de Jongh is also a doubt.
Botha suffered an ankle injury in the 25-17
loss to the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein last Saturday, while De Jongh suffered a
hip pointer injury which saw him leave the field in the 23rd minute.
Botha has torn ankle ligaments and could be
out for three to six weeks.
He is in a moonboot at the moment, but at
the Springbok training camp until Wednesday evening. The Stormers team doctor
will see him on Thursday to make a final call on the length of his layoff, but
he is definitely out of action this week.
De Jongh has a hip pointer injury. It’s normally
a 10-day injury, but more will be known about his availability when he returns
from the Bok training camp.
Saturday’s clash at Newlands kicks off at
Stormers players on the long-term injury
- Flank Michael Rhodes (hamstring) is on
the mend from his injury, but he is still about three weeks away from a return
- Wing Kobus van Wyk (knee) has started
with rehabilitation after coming out of his knee brace, but is still on track
for a return against the Lions (on June 6).
- Flank Rynhardt Elstadt (ankle/leg injury
- maisonneuve fracture) has started with rehabilitation, but will not be
available in Super Rugby this year.