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Taute and Jantjies out

Jaco Taute will miss the rest of the season after a horrific knee injury against the Cheetahs, while Elton Jantjies will be out for three weeks.

Taute severely damaged his anterior cruciate (ACL) knee ligaments when he was tackled by Cheetahs wing Willie le Roux midway through the first half of their game in Bloemfontein.

Coach Allister Coetzee on Monday confirmed that Taute ruptured his ACL ligaments. He will undergo surgery to repair his damaged knee.

This could mean the end of Taute’s stay in Cape Town as the 22-year-old was on loan from the Lions only for the Super Rugby season.

In other injury news that will received a more mixed reception, flyhalf Elton Jantjies will miss the Stormers match against the Sharks this weekend with a medial knee ligament strain. Jantjies should, however, be ready to play in about three weeks.

“He could be ready for the first tour match (against the Hurricanes in Palmerston North on April 26),” Coetzee told the Stormers website. “It’s not torn, it’s an old injury which he aggravated.”

Bryan Habana and Gerhard van den Heever (knee injuries), Tiaan Liebenberg (elbow), Eben Etzebeth (ankle), Peter Grant (ankle) and Schalk Burger (knee) are the remaining injury concerns for the Cape side.

Author: Tank

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One Comment

  1. Man I feel for Taute, that injury could be carreer threatening, it is really scary how quick these professional rugby players can go from “hero to zero” via an injury like this, hope he and others like him have something to fall back on, once their rugby career ends, be it retiring or prematurely.

    Hope Jaco makes it back.