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Taute one of two W.Province Currie Cup changes

Jaco Taute will make his first Currie Cup start for Western Province

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Article Published: Thursday 28 August 2014|

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Western Province have named Jaco Taute to make his first Currie Cup start for the Cape Town side at centre against the Blue Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday.

Springbok Taute replaces the injured Michael van der Spuy (hamstring) in the No.12 shirt in the only change to the 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 Western Province outfit ahead of Saturday's clash at Loftus Versfeld.

"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," said WP coach Allister Coetzee.

"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 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."

Western Province

15. Cheslin Kolbe , 14. Kobus van Wyk , 13. Juan de Jongh (captain) , 12. Jaco Taute (First Currie Cup start for 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

 
 
 
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Currie Cup Table

Currie Cup table (Premier Division)              Currie Cup Table
 
Team
P
W
L
D
PF
PA
PD
Bp
Ttl
1. W.Province 10 8 2 0 335 206 129 7 39
2. Lions 10 7 3 0 362 206 156 8 36
3 10 7 2 1 287 222 65 3 33
4. 10 6 4 0 271 235 27 4 28
5. 10 3 6 1 249 394 -45 7 21
6.
Pumas
10 4 6 0 237 269 -32 4 20
7. 10 3 7 0 220 332 -112 3 11
8. EP Kings 10 1 9 0 206 403 -197 1 6

(Updated each Monday to check with officials)