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The Gauteng Jaguars finished the sixth round of the Brutal Fruit Premier League over 13-15 May. They are currently at the top of the log with the North West Flames and have achieved automatic qualification for the semi-finals. The team drew on the experience of veteran shooter Lenize Potgieter. who returned to assist shooters Melissa Kotze, Ine-Mari Venter and Lindie Lombard. Perdeby spoke to the Tuks Jaguar rookie shooter Ine-Mari Venter ahead of the excitement for a mid-tournament catch-up.

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Beach volleyball title eludes UP

The UP volleyball team narrowly lost to the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in the Varsity Beach Volleyball final that took place on 5 May. The UP team was beaten 33-29 by the defending champions, who have won every edition of the competition since its inception in 2012. The final was the most hotly contested in recent years, which stands as testament to the improving quality of play at the 2016 edition.

UP-Tuks had high hopes after winning against the University of the Free State and the University of Limpopo. It was a tight encounter between the two sides, but UP’s Jamie-Lee Wentzel secured a 33-43 victory, which meant that the 2015 final would be repeated against UWC.

Perdeby spoke to UP volleyball captain Margrit Springer, who walked away with the Super Striker and Player of the Tournament titles after leading the team’s attack, starting all matches throughout the two days of the competition and scoring the majority of the points with her team.

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Varsity Cup postponed pending protests


 On 25 February, Varsity Cup announced that the matches for the following week would be postponed “to allow universities across the country the opportunity to address various challenges faced at their respective campuses”. On 1 March the first announcement was followed by another – after investigations by the University of the Free State (UFS) and the Varsity Cup board, the postponement had been extended indefinitely.

This came after the interruption of a Varsity Cup match at UFS between UFS and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) on 22 February by protesters protesting against outsourcing. After 17 minutes of play, a large group of protesting workers and students walked onto the field. The disruption became violent as fans clashed with protesters before both groups were removed from the field by security. The match resumed an hour later and allowed UFS to claim victory against NMMU with a score of 46-19.

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Varsity Cup builds SA’s rugby future: Courtnall Skosan

In 2012 and 2013, UP-Tuks left their mark on Varsity Cup rugby history when they overcame the University of Stellenbosch for two consecutive years to win the title. Some of the integral players of the 2012 and 2013 winning sides have gone on to see success in national rugby, such as Handre Pollard (Blue Bulls), Clayton Blommetjies (Cheetahs), Juan Schoeman (Sharks), and Franco Mostert and Courtnall Skosan (Lions). TuksRugby players who have moved through the ranks to become a part of national rugby has put the importance of Varsity Cup in a new light, and serves as a testament to the way that it develops the future generation of South African rugby players.

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Get to know your VC rugby boytjies

Once again the FNB Varsity Cup rugby is upon us and it will be handy to know who’s wearing what number on the field. Perdeby takes a look at some of the UP-Tuks boytjies.
First up is the team captain, education student Ruan Steenkamp. He is a former representative of the SA Schools and SA under-20 squads. Steenkamp is a physical loose forward standing at 1.83 m and tipping the scale at 100 kg. He is your classic open-side flank who thrives at the breakdown and has a relentless work rate. He favours the rough contact of the game and loves to dominate the crash-ball with ball in hand. He attributes his style of play to Australian duo David Pocock and Michael Hooper, as well as local forward Duane Vermuelen. Steenkamp also enjoys hunting and catching up on How I Met Your Mother in his leisure time.

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