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Tuks give CUT harsh welcoming


UP Tuks-1 hosted bottom of the log CUT Ixias in a fifth round Varsity cup fixture on 9 March at the LC de Villiers sports grounds. Tuks went into this contest coming off a narrow loss to UFS Shimlas. Ixias were never really going to threaten the Pretoria outfit as they have proven to be somewhat of a liability in this year’s tournament. CUT had lost all of their previous fixtures, conceding a massive 227 points leading up to their meeting with Tuks.


Tuks immediately went on the offensive after kick-off as they crossed over for a try in the second minute after some sustained pressure broke the CUT defence. Blindside flank Jannes Kirsten crossed the try-line after receiving an offload from flyhalf Dewald Human. However, Human failed to extend the lead after missing the conversion attempt. Tuks were on the attack once more as Human set up Dayan van der Westhuizen for a try between the posts to give Tuks a 13-0 lead after a successful conversion. Tuks left wing Jermaine Kleinsmith looked to be out of sight as he ran for the try-line on a punishing 50 metre break, only to fumble the ball thanks to the attentions of CUT right winger Lethole Makoena.

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Talented Tukkie


Craig Bornheim, a third-year studying chemical engineering, seemingly has it all. He plays for TuksSquash, and is the top player for TuksChess having gone undefeated for two years. On the weekend of 27 February he took part in a TuksSquash and TuksChess tournament. He sat down with Perdeby for an interview and to discuss his dreams of becoming a chess grandmaster.

You took part in two tournaments at the end of February. Which one did you enjoy the most?
I really enjoyed both, they were both great. I could do physical as well as mental exercise, thus challenging myself in both aspects. I played five games in each tournament...chess was played over half a day and the squash over three days.


You went into the chess tournament as the favourite. How well did you fair in the squash tournament?
I came sixth in squash. [I] won my first game and lost my second game, thus putting me in position five to eight. We then played a round robin and I came second.


Do you believe you could have done better in the squash had it not have clashed with the chess tournament?
I feel that both were straining and there may have been a slight effect. After all, the mind and body are connected.

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Varsity Cup rugby 2015: get to know your boytjies

Dayan Van der Westhuizen

Full name: Dayan Leslie Van der Westhuizen

School attended: Hoërskool Hugenote

Position: tighthead prop

Born: 5 April 1994

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TuksChess hosts tournament


On 28 February TuksChess hosted an unrated Open Chess Tournament at Sci-Enza. Everyone was welcome to take part in the tournament, including non-Tuks students and junior players. 43 players attended the tournament, with players coming all the way from the University of Limpopo to take part.

The players were competing for cash prizes of up to R800. Another incentive that was given only to the TuksChess players was that the top players would stand a chance to represent UP at the University Sports South Africa (USSA) Chess Championship at the end of the year. The tournament consisted of five rounds, with Craig Bornheim taking first place without any loss. Bornheim is yet to lose a game in a TuksChess tournament since joining the club in 2013. He is also an international player who has represented South Africa in several tournaments around the world and has a chess rating of 2072.

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Tuks plays host to star-studded BestMed TuksRace


21 February saw UP host the annual BestMed TuksRace which had thousands of participants. As one of the largest road running events in Gauteng, the Bestmed TuksRace is open to everyone and has grown to attract some of the best athletes from South Africa and other African countries, as well as social runners and wheelchair athletes. The event started at 06:00 as participants began and concluded their journey at the LC De Villiers sports ground. The events included a 21.1km, 10km and 5km race, as well as a 1km open race and a wheelchair race.

The BestMed TuksRace, which places emphasis on cancer awareness and the general wellbeing of individuals by encouraging a healthy lifestyle, was also attended by the university’s vice-chancellor, Prof. Cheryl de la Rey. Prof. de la Rey participated in the race bound to Dries La Grange, CEO of BestMed, in a visual representation of “breaking bad habits”.

The race was well attended by professional runners, many of whom use the race as preparation for larger events such as the Comrades marathon. However, for many this was a community and family affair, giving them the opportunity to run with some of their favorite athletes in a relaxed and enjoyable manner. Zipho Tshapela, a third-year social work student who was working at the event, said, “It was an amazing experience. I enjoyed seeing little children running and taking part with their parents and siblings.”

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