Tuks Sport

A fall from grace?


The FNB Varsity Cup defending champions FNB Tuks have had a string of unwanted and surprising loses as they kicked off the defense of their title with a 19-17 home defeat to a plucky FNB Shimlas on 29 January. This was followed by a historic night in Johannesburg for the impressive FNB Wits outfit which recorded their first ever win over TuksRugby since the conception of the tournament.

Despite a valiant effort at the Danie Craven Stadium on a blustery Stellenbosch night, a gutsy UP-Tuks side slumped to their third successive defeat on 12 February, going down 24-16 to the men from the Cape. FNB Tuks also lost 23-13 to FNB Ikeys in round five.

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Blue Bulls TuksRugby Academy 101

Caitlyn Walsh

Established to aid passionate rugby players, the Blue Bulls Tuks Rugby Academy promotes making a career out of rugby for those who love the sport. Perdeby interviewed Wynand Moolman, manager of the academy, to find out what the rugby academy can offer players.


What is the Blue Bulls TuksRugby Academy and why was it established?

The Blue Bulls TuksRugby Academy was established to use rugby to attract passionate rugby players to the University of Pretoria and the Blue Bulls Rugby Union. It was also established to develop and broaden the tal­ented pool of players for the Blue Bulls Rugby Union and [UP] in a well-structured rugby program.

The academy creates an environment where rugby can be used to teach [...] good habits on and off the rugby field. The academy may also use rugby to install morals and values in players.

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How TuksSport select players


UP’s sports department, TuksSport, offers students the opportunity to showcase their talent and take part in national and international events. TuksSport offers three groups of clubs namely, priority clubs, recreational clubs, and specialized clubs.

Specialized clubs and recreational clubs are open to everyone, and they do not have a selection criterion for their members. One can simply join by filling out a membership form and paying their membership fee at UP’s LC de Villiers Sports Campus reception.

However, there are a few open clubs that fall under priority clubs, the likes of TuksGolf, TuksSquash, TuksCricket, and TuksTennis. With these open clubs, anyone is free to join by filling out a membership form and paying a membership fee.

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Reasons to consider TuksDance


Dancing teaches many valuable skills such as self-control, posture and grace, coordination and patience. TuksDance offers all of this to students through diverse styles of dance such as ballet, hip-hop, contemporary, Latin and ballroom dancing. Ballroom and Latin dancing are offered on three levels, namely beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Each of these levelsare completed over a period of six months with each practice session being approximately an hour long. Ballet and contemporary practices occur twice a week whereas ballroom and Latin practices are once a week. Students may go onto a medal programme should they wish to continue with dancing after they complete the advanced course. TuksDance practice sessions for various dance styles differ from one another. Ballet and contemporary dance sessions work through a routine and perfect the technique of the dance. Ballroom and Latin dance sessions usually consist of the dancers going over several types of dances that belong to each style. Ballroom for beginners consists of learning the Rhythm Foxtrot and the Slow Waltz whereas Latin for beginners focuses on the Jive and Cha-Cha. The dance instructors come prepared to each session with what they specifically have in mind to teach after reviewing steps from previous practices.

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Five minutes with TuksNetball’s Tshina Mdau


Tshina Mdau was one of Tuks Netball’s 2017 team star players. Perdeby had the opportunity to get some insight from Mdau on last season’s success, as well as her take on the role that is played by sport in a student’s life.


The team in general has had a wonderful and successful season. What do you think are some of the factors that have contributed to the team’s success?

We just didn’t dwell on the past, and we were not willing to let the past define us. So, we were [fortified] mentally. We had a few new girls [on] who brought different dynamics [to] the team. Furthermore, we all had the same goal as a team, and there was no time for personal ideals. We were all very team-oriented.

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