No Taute for Lions, Boks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content, Springboks on 29 May 2012 at 08:28
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The Lions have confirmed that fullback-cum-centre Jaco Taute will be out of action for at least a month, after picking up a shoulder injury in the side’s final tour match against the Force last weekend.

The versatile 21-year-old back has been one of the few stand-outs for the Lions in another dismal Super Rugby campaign and while losing him for the remainder of their season is unfortunate, realistically it’s unlikely to do much to worsen their log standing, since they don’t really have any further to fall. The really unfortunate thing about the injury is that it also takes Taute out of contention for the Boks’ upcoming series against England.

The former Monument schoolboy has been invited to all of Heyneke Meyer’s training camps and was one of the few Lions players still in the picture when the cut-down group of 42 was named last week. With a number of players still very much in the running for the fullback berth, it’s not completely inconceivable that the big Taute could have been used in some way – that chance now appears to have slipped away for the unfortunate youngster.

The Lions face the Sharks in Johannesburg on Saturday and will have Butch James available to them for the first time since he was suspended for a dangerous tackle 4 weeks ago.


  • Let’s take a bet on how long butch takes to give a shoulder charge or gets a yellow card!!!sharks should run over these guys..

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.05.12 08:36:44 by shaniboi Reply
  • Big Loss to the Lions, he is a great player. They needed him this weekend against a Very Strong Sharks team on a Roll. Going to be a long Day at the office for the Lions come Saturday.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.05.12 08:37:59 by garethkorb Reply
  • Any news on CJ van der Lindes citing.

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.05.12 09:21:08 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Pity – Taute is a quality player

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.05.12 09:30:05 by steve Reply

  • Taute is a good player but he is found wanting technically at fullback.
    Nice center but then again not better than JDV, JDJ, Steyn ,Olivier, Sadie or even these two new sharkie centers. I see him at fullback once he’s learned a feel for the technical aspect.

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.05.12 09:57:14 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 5) :

    He is still young . Give the man a chance .

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.05.12 09:58:53 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 6) : why i said once hes learned…

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.05.12 10:05:10 by Talent Reply
  • Lions just can’t catch a break on the injury front! Really feel for Taute and Goosen – both missing out on a possible cap due to injury.

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.05.12 10:59:29 by vanmartin Reply
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