Tuks Sport

Tuks reach Varsity Sevens final

DANIËL BASSON

Over the weekend of 25 April, ten universities from across South Africa competed in the annual Varsity Sports Rugby Sevens tournament at Villager FC in Claremont. The University of the Free State’s (UFS) Shimlas edged out UP-Tuks 24-19 in the final on Sunday to take home the trophy.

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Tuks suffer defeat at the hands of Pukke

THORISO PHASHA

UP-Tuks 1 exited the Varsity Cup Rugby tournament after suffering defeat in a home semi-final against North-West University (Pukke) on 30 March. In a heated semi-final Tuks became unstuck by a lacklustre goal-kicking display, despite outscoring the visitors five tries to four.

 

Both teams made their intentions very clear as they looked to draw first blood in the opening exchanges. Tuks pressed on for the opening try and found themselves camping near the Pukke try line after a lengthy string of phases. Pukke finally buckled under the pressure as captain Jeandre Rudolph was sin-binned for recurring infringements in the ruck. Tuks quickly capitalised on the advantage when captain Wiaan Liebenberg dotted down for a try after a strong rolling maul. Joshua Stander misfired the conversion and the score remained 5-0. Pukke responded almost instantly when blindside flank Marno Redelinghuys broke the line cleanly after gathering a swift pop-pass to score Pukke’s first try. Pukke fullback Ryno Smith then kicked Pukke into the lead. Smith extended Pukke’s lead to 10-5 with a penalty just before the first strategic break.

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Tuks Young Guns secure Varsity Cup glory

DANIËL BASSON 

The Tuks Young Guns defeated defending champions the University of Free State Shimlas (UFS Shimlas) in the Young Guns final. They finished with a comfortable score line of 26-13 on 6 April. The Tuks Young Guns are UP’s u/20 side that competed in the u/20 Varsity Cup Rugby tournament.

Tuks overcame favourites UFS Shimlas in a repeat of the 2014 final with a dominant display away from home. Tuks finished second on the overall log behind Shimlas, who had defeated them in their group stage fixture earlier in the season. On the day, though, UP were the better side as nerves seemed to hound the UFS team with unforced errors plaguing their efforts.

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Tuks sport update

TAY LETHULOE

TuksJudo

The University of Pretoria played host to this year’s University Sports South Africa (USSA) National Institutional Judo Championships from 26-28 March. This is an event in which eight universities competed in various categories.

TuksJudo displayed their dominance as they claimed victory in seven of the nine categories presented. They competed against athletes from the University of the Witwatersrand, Stellenbosch University, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the University of the Free State, the University of Johannesburg and the University of Cape Town. Pierre Wolmarans, Dale Whittaker and Ruan-Tobie Snyman won gold in the male individual division, with Michaela Whitebooi, Sinothando Mva, Desiree Blake, Maggie Louw, Tabea Lingscheid, Unelle Snyman and Claudette-Lee Sutherland also claiming victory in the female division. Whitebooi and Wolmarans came away with the best newcomer awards as Whittaker, a national championship holder, showed off his class.

The contest served as an opportunity to impress USSA national team selectors, with Wolmarans, Whittaker, Ruan-Tobie Snyman, Whitebooi, Mva, Blake, Louw, Unelle Snyman and Sutherland making the team of 15. The championship also served as an opportunity for athletes to prepare ahead of the All Africa Games, which will be hosted in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Brazzaville, in September.

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Tuks triumph as Varsity Athletics returns

TAY LETHULOE

24 March saw the return of Varsity Athletics for its third year as athletes gathered in Potchefstroom to mark the beginning of the season. This competition consists of track and field events and sees universities compete against one another.

Tuks dominated the track events, claiming victory in all but the 3000m and 800m events, which went to North-West University (NWU-Pukke) and the University of the Free State (Kovsies) respectively. Tuks’ Akani Simbine provided one of the standout performances of the night as he sprinted to 100m victory in 10.09 seconds. The Hamman brothers, Leroux and Muntingh, also had a good outing as they both claimed the maximum nine points in their hurdle events.

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