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UP-Tuks varsity netball team is yet to be defeated after their performance this season.
UP-Tuks started off with a bang when they played defending champions Kovsies. They won the game 54-48. This first win set the ladies from Pretoria on a winning streak.
Their second win came against Maties, where they cruised to a 62-34 win. UP-Tuks started powerfully and by the first break they were 15-4 up. They continued playing well and by half-time they were already 35-15 ahead. The ladies didn’t stop there as they went into the final break leading 47-27. In the final quarter UP-Tuks held on and eventually won the game in good spirit.
Ikeys (University of Cape Town) beat Pukke (University of North-West) 39-33 in a dramatic game to win their second Varsity Cup title.
Ikeys scored three tries in the last five minutes, with the last try coming after the final hooter, to snatch the title from Pukke who had led for most of the game.
Ikeys, who had not lost an away game this season, were the first on the scoreboard with a try from outside-centre Huw Jones. A missed conversion by Dean Grant kept Ikeys five points ahead.
Pukke responded through a series of mauls that drove blindside flanker Rhyk Welgemoed over the try line which gave captain Tiaan Dorfling the chance to convert and put Pukke in the lead for the remainder of the first half at 5-8.
The lead gave Pukke some momentum after the first strategy break as minutes later left-wing Luther Obi scored Pukke’s second try in the corner of the field to put the scoreboard at 5-13.
In an attempt to score a try for his team Pukke lost their captain. Dorfling was taken off the field on a stretcher. Ikeys took advantage of the changed structure and scored their second try two minutes later. Right-wing Richard Stewart added five more points to Ikeys score but the try could not be converted.
Pukke experienced another setback when they were reduced to 14 men after centre Johan Deysel was sent off the field with a yellow card from a reckless tackle and the score remained 10-13.
Ikeys came back with momentum in the second half but their efforts were quickly stopped by Pukke’s defence as hooker Armand van der Merwe found an opportunity to extend the lead by eight points, changing the scoreboard to 10-18.
Pukke were again reduced to 14 men when another yellow card was given to prop Nhlanhla Ngcamu for a high tackle. Ikeys tried to capitalise on this advantage but a penalty to Pukke extended their lead to ten points with the core at 10-20.
Ikeys gained momentum after the second strategy break when Jason Klassen emerged from a driving maul to add five more points to Ikeys score, but Grant could not convert the try and the score remained 15-20.
The last 15 minutes of the match put Pukke in favour after Ikeys were reduced to 14 men. Pukke took full advantage as later Dillon Smit scored Pukke’s fourth try and the score was 15-28. In an attempt secure their second Varsity Cup win, lock Francois Robbertse scored Pukke’s fifth try to put the scoreboard at 33-15. Ikeys refused to settle as a converted try from Grant and another by Michael Botha put the score at 28-33.
After 80 minutes of play and what seemed like a win for Pukke, a drop goal attempt by Pukke was chased down and Ikeys substitute Nathan Nel sprinted down the field to the try line to secure the Varsity Cup title for Ikeys.
28 Tuks students will travel to Kazan, Russia for the World Student Games (WSG), also called the Universiade, in the next week.
Director of TuksSport Kobus van der Walt wished the students luck at a farewell function held on Wednesday. He congratulated Tuks students for being selected to represent South Africa at the WSG, which is the biggest international multi-disciplinary sporting event after the Olympics.
Tuks were crowned Varsity Football Challenge champions after beating Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) 4-1 at the Tuks Stadium on Monday night.
Tuks scored two goals in each half, with NMMU’s consolation goal which came after the break.
Tuks came into the final having won five of their previous games. NMMU were the only unbeaten team in the tournament.
Tuks dominated ball possession in the opening moments of the game but they almost conceded an own goal in the 11th minute. Tuks’ Kenneth Matlala’s clearance header narrowly missed the far post when he tried to clear a free kick from NMMU’s Lukhanyo Ramseni.
Tuks Varsity Cup and Blue Bulls fullback Jesse Kriel has been selected to the South Africa u/20 squad to replace injured wing Sergeal Peterson. Kriel joined the squad on 28 May.
Kriel said that he was “pretty blown away” by his call up to the squad. “I'm now focusing on what I can contribute towards the team and just enjoying myself in France,” he said.
Kriel represented Tuks in all of the university's Varsity Cup warm-up games and made the final squad for the Varsity Cup 2013 campaign. A left-wrist injury prevented him from playing in any of the tournament’s matches.