Taute wants game-time against Sharks

Date published: June 10 2015

Stormers utility back Jaco Taute is keen to get some game-time under his belt when his side take on the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.

Fit-again Taute did not see any action in last weekend's clash with the Lions, as the teams played to a tense 19-19 draw, but he is hoping to play a part in Saturday’s final league encounter against the Sharks.

"It obviously depends on selection, but it will be nice to be in the mix this weekend, it’s always nice to play in the Shark Tank and I obviously have good memories from last year’s game in Durban," Taute told the Stormers' official website.

The 24-year-old's last-gasp drop-goal won the match for the Stormers in last year’s corresponding fixture and he is keen to return to action in Durban.

"Every time you wear the Stormers jersey you give the best you have – there is talk of us resting a few guys, perhaps, but we are not going to Durban to make up numbers," added Taute.

"We would like to beat the Sharks on Saturday, we’re a proud team and union – you always want to win when you represent great teams like Western Province or the Stormers."

Taute made a late start to the season after undergoing a scope on his knee after pre-season action, but he is determined to make up for lost time should he make his return for the Stormers this weekend – having featured in the business-end of WP’s near-successful 2015 Vodacom Cup campaign.

"The operation at the beginning of the year was basically just to clean up the wear and tear," he said.

"It had nothing to do with ligaments, so I feel I’ve worked incredibly hard and feel really good.

"I went through a very strict rehabilitation process where I worked incredibly hard," he added.

"I would really just like to get on the park. I’ve got some good game time under my belt in the Vodacom Cup these last few weeks. So I’d like to play to be able to build some momentum to fulfil my potential and give my best to the Stormers.

"I’m really desperate, very hungry and I can’t wait to pull that jersey over my head again."

Taute considers himself more of an inside centre at present, having performed in that position during Western Province’s victorious 2014 Currie Cup campaign, but he will play wherever the team needs him.

"I think things went really well (for me) at inside centre during last year’s Currie Cup season," he said.

"We won and I feel I built up more momentum in the position. I’m also more used to the position now, so I’d really like to continue at inside centre and build on that.

"I’m not saying I’d never play fullback again, but for now my focus is on the position where I played during the last Currie Cup."