Tuks Sport

Tuks squash lose the final of the NSA Blitz League


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).

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Inclusive student sport at Tuks


TuksSport is home to a diverse range of sporting codes and recreational activities. Not only does UP-Tuks cater for elite sportspeople providing them with an environment where they can thrive, but it also provides many platforms that sport enthusiasts and students interested in participating in sports can make use of.

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TuksSport has something for everyone


UP is flooded with new faces and sporting potential every year. UP-Tuks has produced, and been a home to, some of the most accomplished sportspeople in South Africa. Hennie Kriel, Caster Semenya, Victor Matfield, Cameron van der Burgh, and Heyneke Meyer are some of the few names of well-known and successful athletes and coaches produced by UP-Tuks.

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UP-Tuks continues to breed Super Rugby talent


UP has produced plenty of talented rugby players who have gone on to play at the highest level. Many have made incredible strides in Currie Cup and Super Rugby, with some even making it to the Springbok squad.


Rohan Janse van Rensburg

The burly inside centre played for UP-Tuks during the 2014 season of the Varsity Cup and joined the Lions squad in 2015. He was injured in his first campaign with the Lions, but has since recovered and in 2016 was one of South Africa’s outstanding inside centres.

His partnership with Springbok Lionel Mapoe was crucial in the Lions’ charge toward the title and second place finish in 2016. Janse van Rensburg has earned himself a deserved call-up to the Springbok side.

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A view into TuksCricket


Cricket is one of the more popular sporting codes at UP. Last season, the team finished as semi-finalists while representing South Africa at the Red Bull Campus Cricket finals in Sri Lanka. They also managed to finish as champions of the 2016 Varsity Cricket competition for the second consecutive season.

The club was founded in 1919 and as the game has developed so has the club, branching off into a women’s club in 1996. In 2008, Rob Walter started the Tuks Cricket Academy which caters for players across the spectrum from junior to senior level. The club has achieved a great deal of silverware and international success. For the past six years, the club has won the Northerns Cricket Union (NCU) Premier League. They have also won the NCU knockout competition seven years in a row and the NCU T20 club competition four years in a row.

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