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    Taute ready for action

    2015-05-04 17:30

    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 17:05.

    Stormers players on the long-term injury list:

    - Flank Michael Rhodes (hamstring) is on the mend from his injury, but he is still about three weeks away from a return to action.

    - 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.

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