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The Brittain brothers win is definitely a moment that will go down in history as one of the highlights for Tuks Rowing. Lawrence, Charles, Matthew and James Brittain all rowed together in a race against competitors Jake Green, John Smith, David Hunt and Lee Davis to win the final of the Grand Challenge on Saturday 11 February. This is the first time the brothers have ever competed together in a competitive race.
The Brittains got off to a quick start, managing to get out of their blocks faster than the opposition. However, they seemed to slack in the second quarter and were trailing by the halfway mark. Knowing what was at stake, the Brittains came back in the third quarter to overtake Green and his crew. The lead did not last very long as the opposition came charging back again. In the end it was the Brittains who concluded the historic Buffalo Regatta by snatching the win just before the Greens could come back.
This sealed a double win for brother Lawrence Brittain, who is also a 2016 Olympic silver medallist. He dominated the Silver Skulls race earlier in the day, in which he put up a superb fight to finish five seconds ahead of fellow Tuks rower, Kyle Schoombie. This win saw him receive gold while the Buffalo Regatta was the icing on top. Overall, Tuks finished first with 420 points while UJ finished with 300.
There is massive action every year for UP’s squash ladies when they compete in the two-week long National Squash Associations Blitz League tournament, in preparation for the new season league. This year, two UP ladies’ teams were entered into the tournament into two different pools to fight for the throne as league champions.
UP-Tuks 1, consisting of Megan Page, Hannelize Human, Mariska Wiese and Tayla Diepenbroek, kick-started their tournament on 30 January with a comfortable win over Pretoria Country Club (PCC) 12-1. They later played Harlequins where they ended up 7-7 in games, but unfortunately lost the match by four points. The four-women team finished second in their pool, while UP-Tuks 2 finished top of their pool, forcing the first team to face their own as opposition in the cross-over (semi-final).
UP has produced plenty of talented rugby players who have gone on to play at the highest level. Many have made incredible strides in Currie Cup and Super Rugby, with some even making it to the Springbok squad.
Rohan Janse van Rensburg
The burly inside centre played for UP-Tuks during the 2014 season of the Varsity Cup and joined the Lions squad in 2015. He was injured in his first campaign with the Lions, but has since recovered and in 2016 was one of South Africa’s outstanding inside centres.
His partnership with Springbok Lionel Mapoe was crucial in the Lions’ charge toward the title and second place finish in 2016. Janse van Rensburg has earned himself a deserved call-up to the Springbok side.
TuksSport is home to a diverse range of sporting codes and recreational activities. Not only does UP-Tuks cater for elite sportspeople providing them with an environment where they can thrive, but it also provides many platforms that sport enthusiasts and students interested in participating in sports can make use of.
UP is flooded with new faces and sporting potential every year. UP-Tuks has produced, and been a home to, some of the most accomplished sportspeople in South Africa. Hennie Kriel, Caster Semenya, Victor Matfield, Cameron van der Burgh, and Heyneke Meyer are some of the few names of well-known and successful athletes and coaches produced by UP-Tuks.