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Varsity Cup past players: Jesse Kriel and Handre Pollard

ZUKO QUSHEKA

Varsity Cup is a league to be reckoned with, breathing into the dreams of many up-and-coming rugby players who hope represent their country in green and gold. The popular phrase “back your boytjies” could very well be the start of backing your future Springbok stars. UP has seen particular success with two former TuksRugby players, Jesse Kriel and Handre Pollard, who have captured South African hearts with their recent World Cup performance.

The two youngsters, who ply their trade for the Blue Bulls, have enjoyed a meteoric rise to the Springboks. Both played in the same u/18 Craven Week tournament in 2012, putting in performances that drew the necessary attention to set their professional rugby careers in motion. Pollard’s step up to TuksRugby and then quickly on to the Blue Bulls has been a fairy tale rise for the youngster, whose talent has seen him keep up with older teammates also vying for the number 10 rugby jersey. His form in of Super Rugby last year made sure he was guaranteed a spot on the trip to the World Cup. With his boot and some exquisite vision, Pollard has been terrorising opposition defences since his high school days and is set to continue in the coming years as he matures in the Blue Bulls and Springboks backline.

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Thousands enter Spar Women’s Race in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

CARLI-ANN FURNO AND ERIN SLINGERLAND

The annual Spar Women’s Race, also known as South Africa’s Most Beautiful Race, is an event that encourages women from all over the country to come together and participate in either a 5 km or 10 km run. On Sunday 11 October a record 13 358 people gathered at the starting line near the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.

Lebogang Phalula proved to have entered the event with determination when she crossed the 10 km finish line first in a time of just over 35 minutes, followed by Rutendo Nyahora and Diana-Lebo Phalula. All runners received a free pink T-shirt upon arrival, and although it was a women’s event, men were also seen blending into the crowd with pink attire and dressed in drag.

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What it takes to be a warrior

What it takes to be a warrior

CARLI-ANN FURNO

The sixth Jeep Warrior Race of the year took place at Hobby Park in Krugersdorp over the weekend of 22 August. The elite course was held over 15 km. UP student Greg Avierinos not only finished in an overall position of third in the mens category, but was selected to represent South Africa in the Warrior Championships to be held in the USA later this year. UP medical student Michelle Meyer will also be competing in the World Championships and managed to place fifth in the womens category on Sunday, 23 August. Perdeby spoke to both competitors after the race.

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2015 Rugby World Cup preview

THORISO PHASHA

The world rugby community is buzzing with anticipation as the 2015 Rugby World Cup inches ever closer. The international showcase that was established in 1987 enters its eighth instalment this year. Twenty international sides will assemble in England to compete for world rugby’s most coveted trophy.

Hosts England will look to be inspired by talisman winger Jonny May and the leadership of Chris Robshaw as they hope to recapture the form that saw them as the epitome of world rugby in 2003. However, England will face a tricky situation being pitted in a group of formidable nations, including the likes of Wales and Australia.

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Varsity football update: rounds five and six

TAY LETHULOE AND THORISO PHASHA

Thursday 20 August saw UP-Tuks’ chances of making the playoff stage of the Varsity football competition take a knock as they were beaten by a persistent University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) side, losing 2-1 at the UP stadium. This brought Wits back into playoff contention while ending the Tuks side’s two-match unbeaten streak.

The match saw both sides create a multitude of chances with the UP team struggling in the beginning stages of the match, unable to capitalise on their chances. The best chance came in the form of an indirect free kick after a back pass in Wits’ box, which Jeremiah Nkwana shot wide. Wits had the better of the exchanges, which saw them rewarded with a goal in the 23rd minute as Muzimkhulu Nhlengethwa beat David Ribero to give Wits a 1-0 lead.

Tuks began to get comfortable with the ball and started to create chances, with Wits keeper Brylon Peterson being called into action a number of times. Wits were able to maintain their 1-0 lead going into half time. The second half saw UP-Tuks continue their attacking ways, but it was only in the 51st minute that UP capitalised when a free kick was awarded to them. Nkwana scored a good goal from outside the box to equalise 1-1.

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