• Taute may miss Lions clash

    Stormers fullback Jaco Taute is likely to miss his side's opening Vodacom Super Rugby game against the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday.

    Taute has been nursing a knee injury which he picked up in 2013, and although he has had successful training sessions and pre-season games with the Cape side, coach Allister Coetzee is playing it safe with the 22-year-old after his last-minute withdrawal from the warm-up against Boland on Saturday.

    'Jaco’s knee flared up a bit, what with his workload in recent weeks. I certainly didn’t want to rush him – he has come back from a serious knee injury,' said Coetzee. 'He’s not injured, he could easily have played, but we will be conservative with him and, in fact, I don’t think he will be considered for our opening game against the Lions.'

    The Stormers went down 29-24 to Boland in their final pre-season fixture.

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