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AmaTuks for the win

KWAZI SOKHELA

The University of Pretoria (AmaTuks) continued their ascension on the National First Division (NFD) log, when they defeated longtime league leaders Thanda Royal Zulu FC. They played a good match and won with a convincing 2-0 on 25 February at the Tuks Stadium in Pretoria.

The AmaTuks side were the early aggressors, as they had most of the possession. In the 23rd minute, Thanda Royal Zulu defender, Zitha Macheke, fouled Miguel Dias outside the box, subsequently allowing AmaTuks a chance at goal. Broderick Burds took the free kick, and the left-footed winger brilliantly kicked the ball into the top right corner of the goal. This gave the lead to AmaTuks. On the stroke of half time AmaTuks striker, Ryan Chapman, scored the second goal, when he received a long lob pass. In doing so, he managed to chest, control and bring the ball down to his feet, after which he scored in the bottom right corner of the goal, giving AmaTuks a comfortable lead going into the break.

As play resumed in the second half, the AmaTuks defenders had to work harder. Thanda Royal Zulu put pressure on AmaTuks by playing in their half and having the majority of the ball possession. In the final minutes of the match Thanda Royal Zulu worked hard to score, but could not get past the AmaTuks defence.

After the game, AmaTuks captain, Sibusiso Mthethwa, expressed his satisfaction with the way his team played, saying, “For us, we [stuck] on our mission, our goal that we set for ourselves. For the first half we told ourselves that we are going to press them high, we mustn't give them the space to play, and then we did that and we capitalised on that.”

AmaTuks resume NFD action when they take on Real Kings FC on 4 March.

Kobus van der Walt says goodbye

KWAZI SOKHELA

The University of Pretoria will see one of its long-serving members leaving towards the end of this month. Kobus van der Walt, who has been the Director of TuksSport since 1999, will be retiring after close to 18 years of service to the university, and is being succeeded by current High Performance Centre CEO Tony Sutcliffe. Perdeby spoke to Van der Walt to reflect on his tenure at what could now be considered one of the most recognised sporting institutions in the country.

Read more: Kobus van der Walt says goodbye

Brittain brothers row in another win

ANELE MANANA

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.

 

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AmaTuks bring in reinforcements

KWAZI SOKHELA

The University of Pretoria (AmaTuks) has brought in reinforcements in the form of four new signings in the January 2017 transfer window, ahead of the second half of the season in the National First Division. The players consist of striker Ryan Chapman from Santos, midfielder Siphesihle Sangweni and wingback Auguston Leonard (who have moved from Orlando Pirates and Highlands Park F.C., respectively on loan till the end of the season), and defender Kyle Davies.

Read more: AmaTuks bring in reinforcements

Tuks squash lose the final of the NSA Blitz League

ANELE MANANA

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).

Read more: Tuks squash lose the final of the NSA Blitz League

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