Rugby | Du Preez, Taute to return to action

Cape Town – Stormers coach Robbie Fleck will be pleased to
note that flyhalf Robert du Preez and utility back Jaco Taute are fit for

The duo have been sidelined for extended periods but are available for action when Western Province tackle the Leopards in the Currie Cup Qualifiers in Potchefstroom this weekend.

With Super Rugby currently in recess duo to the
international window, a few players in need of game time will boost WP, who are
fresh off a morale-boosting 24-23 victory over the previously unbeaten Griquas
at Newlands.

WP will also be able to call on the likes of
Wilco Louw, Jean Kleyn and Alistair Vermaak.

With six wins from their seven games this season, WP
currently sit in third position on the standings as the highest placed Super
Rugby union.

Coach John Dobson said that while he was happy with the
victory against Griquas, he believes that his team can still make better use of
the opportunities they are creating.

“I think the feeling after winning on Saturday was one of
relief. We know we needed to win in order for us to stand a chance of winning
this qualifying competition,” Dobson told the WP Rugby website.

“Having said that it was a bit too close for comfort. We
thought we dominated in all the key statistics of the game, but failed to
really put them away.

“A lot of credit must go to their defence, but we also need
to look at ourselves and our ability to generate fast ball,” he said.

While Dobson will have a bit more firepower at his disposal
in Potchefstroom this weekend, he knows that his side will have to keep raising
their standards to compete with a strong Leopards team.

“This competition does not get any easier as the Leopards
beat the Blue Bulls in Pretoria last week and we travel now to Potchefstroom to
play them,” he added.

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