Taute kicked a crucial dropped goal to give the Stormers a win over the Sharks in the Super Rugby competition, and yesterday he came on as a substitute, ironically against his old province, and scored and converted the try that finally snuffed out a brave away performance by the Lions.
Up to Taute’s try, made possible by a wonderful break by Kurt Coleman, a player who perhaps deserves more recognition, Western Province had stayed in front thanks to a freakish second try by winger Kobus van Wyk.
Province seemed to be defending off-sides when they got a turnover, fly half Demetri Catrakilis miss-hit his clearance kick but Burger chased hard, won the ball in the air and raced away to the other end of the field for a try against the run of play.
Van Wyk’s brace gave Province a 14-8 lead at half-time, but a wellconstructed try by Andries Coetzee just before the break gave the Lions heart and signalled that they were right back in the game.
The Lions were playing with the handicap of having lost two goalkickers in Marnitz Boshoff and Jaco van der Walt, but winger Ruan Combrinck stepped into the breach and kept his side in touch; but on the debit side, the Lions also incurred the disapproval of referee
WP Tries: Conversions:
Kobus van Wyk (2), Jaco Taute
Demetri Catrakilis (2),
Penalties: Lions Tries: Penalties:
Catrakilis (2) Andries Coetzee
MERCURY RISING Cheslin Kolbe of Western Province out-jumps everyone during their Currie Cup match against the Golden Lions at Newlands last night