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UP-Tuks 1 thump Maties 53-8

SIMPHIWE NHLABATHI

In their match against Maties on 23 February UP-Tuks 1 ran in seven tries to remain unbeaten in the Varsity Cup Rugby competition and retain their place on top of the log. The match got off to a fast start with UP-Tuks scoring in the 14th minute when Jannes Kirsten brushed off a defender before defeated three more with him to get the first try of the match. The try went unconverted as Joshua Stander missed the conversion.

Maties fought back and three minutes later JP Lewis scored in the corner. He was hit hard two metres from the try line but remained composed to finish off a team-afforded try. Brandon Thomson scored the conversion to hand Maties an 8-5 lead.

This was the last time Maties were to score in the game. The home side gained the lead in the 21st minute after a dominant maul allowed skipper Wiaan Liebenberg to score a try. Tuks started to assert their dominance on the match and they were rewarded in the 24th minute when Reniel Hugo crossed over the line. Stander scored another conversion, to extend the lead to 21-8.

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Back your boytjies: UP Tuks’ rugby redemption

DANIËL BASSON AND SIMPHIWE NHLABATHI

Over the past few seasons it has become evident that UP-Tuks prefers to play a physical game of rugby, but with the ever changing rules in the tournament, even these multiple winners of the Varsity Cup have been forced to change their approach.

In his interview with VarsityCup.co.za, UP-Tuks captain Wiaan Liebenberg said that the team is ready to exploit their opposition with a new-found running style of rugby. These statements were supported in Tuks’ first match against UFS-Shimlas as both Daniel Kriel and Duncan Matthews ran in long-range tries.

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Tuks Sport societies

TAY LETHULOE

In light of the recent marketing week for societies, Perdeby decided to have a look at some of the more unconventional sports and societies that Tuks has on offer, if the standard fare just doesn’t satisfy your unconventional tastes.

 

TuksVolleyball
TuksVolleyball is open to students, staff and the public. They are affiliated with the Gauteng Volleyball Union and participate in the Gauteng League. Kgaogelo Molantoa, a TuksVolleyball player, says that, “It is a fun way to exercise. It helps you get into great shape and it helps create a bigger social circle as you get to meet a lot of new people, while it is still fun and enjoyable.” They train on Mondays and Wednesdays on the LC de Villiers Sport campus.

 

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“Talent plays a small part in the success”: an interview with TuksCricket coach Pierre de Bruyn

SIMPHIWE NHLABATHI

After TuksCricket’s win at the inaugural Varsity Cup Cricket Tournament on 8 February, Perdeby spoke to the man who picked the squad and led the team to win the tournament. Pierre de Bruyn is a former professional cricket player (having played for the Titans and the Dolphins), the head coach of UP Cricket, technical director of TuksSport and Supersport commentator.

 

Do you believe that your performance in this year’s Varsity Cricket Tournament was due to the confidence in your triumph at the Red Bull World Campus Cricket tournament?
It definitely has got a lot to do with that, as we got a lot of experience and confidence from the Varsity World Cup.

 

A lot of people believe that the wealth of talent in the Tuks team is what led to the team’s success in this year’s tournament. What do you think led to the success?
Talent plays a small part in the success. It came down to extremely hard work in our preparation as well as mastering our skill levels. We train [for] pressure situations and, with that, develop mental toughness.

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New ladies’ football team looking to make waves

ZUKO QUSHEKA

From having made the final of the 2014 Varsity Football tournament, to clinching the Gauteng provincial championships trophy, the reach of ladies’ football at Tuks has increased. This reach seems to have found the young ladies who play for AcedSports Ladies’ football club and inspired them to take steps to open their own club at UP. Their reason, as they put it, “was to provide a platform for young ladies to train and possibly do well in the sport and hopefully reach or emulate the success of the UP-Tuks ladies’ soccer team.” Perdeby spoke to Kgomotso Teu, one of the members of AcedSports Ladies this season, about their club’s genesis.

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