Munster have moved fast to sign Jaco Taute from the Stormers on a five month deal following news of Francis Saili injury lay off.
Rassie Erasmus did hint at the possibility of signing an overseas player on a short term contract last week, but my understanding is that negotiations had begun soon after the extent of Saili’s injury was known.
Unlike previous players signed by Munster on short term contracts, Taute arrives as a three times capped Springbok with an established reputation.
Yet, what slightly troubles me is his susceptibility to injury. Taute marked his Stormers debut by bursting a testicle in a tackle. During his second game with the franchise he suffered a career threatening knee injury.
In 2014 Taute suffered more knee problems, followed by a persistent groin injury the following year. This season also saw him suffer an ankle ligament injury in January.
So, although Taute is highly rated, he comes to Munster with more than his fair share of baggage. Yet the 25 year old is powerful direct runner, who likes to take the ball coming from depth.
As Munster have been guilty of being too lateral in the past, Taute should enable Rassie Erasmus’ side attack the gain line from first phase.