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Taute: Scoring try on Foley farewell was 'a dream come true'

Declan Rooney

Taute jumped at the chance when Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus called him to come over and cover for injured former All Black Francis Saili. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Taute jumped at the chance when Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus called him to come over and cover for injured former All Black Francis Saili. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

He has played for the Springboks against Australia, New Zealand and Ireland, but Jaco Taute says he will "cherish for the rest of his life" scoring for Munster at Thomond Park on Saturday in memory of Anthony Foley.

The 25-year old, who has joined Munster on a four-month deal, has become a fans' favourite in his three games to date, with tries against Leinster and last weekend against Glasgow Warriors making supporters sit up and take notice.

His three caps for the Springboks came in 2012 and since he has been hampered by injuries, including a knee issue which sidelined him for a year.

Taute jumped at the chance when Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus called him to come over and cover for injured former All Black Francis Saili.

"I had only heard about the rumours about Thomond Park, only seen videos, but it was amazing," he said.

"Jean de Villiers and I are good mates and he told me back in South Africa how the supporters lift you up and carry you throughout the game.

"If you don't relish that you shouldn't play the game, it was amazing, and to score was a dream come true. It is something I will cherish for the rest of my life.

"I only knew Axel for about a month and a half but from the first moment I had any interaction with him I could sense the pride and the passion he had for this place and for this community. He was absolutely driven, he was a great individual and I could sense that if I got the opportunity to play, I had better do the jersey justice.

"What Anthony was all about was leaving a legacy and all we can do is try replicate that, week in, week out."

Taute said he grew up admiring Munster in the Heineken Cup and was thrilled when he got the call to come to Ireland.

"I didn't even have to think about it," he said. "I joined the Stormers when Rassie was there and when I joined the Springboks he was there as performance analyst, so I knew him well.

"Given it is short-term, I would like to take every opportunity in the red jersey to give my utmost best and to play and serve the jersey with the pride and the passion it deserves.

"I don't want to look too far ahead into the future. I just want to take it week by week and then when the opportunity presents itself we will sit down and see.

"There is still a lot of water to go under the bridge and I need to play my socks off at every opportunity."

Meanwhile, Munster hooker Duncan Casey will be out of action until the new year after picking up a knee injury in the 38-17 win over Glasgow.

"It could be eight to 12 weeks," said Erasmus, who added that former Ulster centre Sam Arnold could be set for his Munster debut in the coming weeks.

Arnold, who suffered a knee injury during the summer, is poised to play 40 minutes for Garryowen this weekend.

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