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UP represents at USSA Championships

KWAZI SOKHELA

The mid-year winter recess provided the occasion for the 2017 University Sports South Africa (USSA) Championships, which is an annually contested intervarsity competition between various institutions throughout the country spanning across several sporting disciplines. A large contingent of the University of Pretoria’s sports clubs featured prominently and took home either gold, silver or bronze medals in their respective sporting disciplines.

The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) played host to a variety of sporting codes including hockey, rugby, chess and gymnastics. It was in two of these sporting codes that UP ultimately emerged victorious. It was the UP women’s hockey team that set the early precedent as they went one step further this year by taking top honours at the 2017 USSA Hockey event, which took place from 28 June to 2 July, when they defeated the University of Johannesburg (UJ) 1-0 in the A-section final. The men’s team placed in third position earning themselves a bronze medal in their efforts with victory over Wits.

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Former UP players feature in Springboks season opener

ANTHONY JORDAAN.                                                                                                                                                   
On Saturday, 10 June, Loftus Versfeld played host to a reinvigorated Springbok team who, following a disappointing 2016 season, were looking to overturn a current four-match losing streak. Among the seasoned professionals in the starting line-up were former UP students and Varsity Cup Champions from 2012 and 2013 – Franco Mostert (Lock) and Jessie Kriel (Outside Centre). Mostert, aged 26, made his eighth appearance for the Springboks, while Kriel 23) made his 18th appearance for the national squad. The match marked the first of three matches in this year’s Castle Lager incoming tour series season opener friendlies.
The match got underway in perfect conditions as an expectant crowd of 29 313 spectators watched the Springbok rugby team attempt to make up for what is regarded as one of the worst chapters in their history: their loss of eight of their twelve games in 2016.  

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TuksTaekwondo to perform at Open Day

ANTHONY JORDAAN
TuksTaekwondo perform their annual demonstration on the Aula grass at 10:00 at UP’s Open Day. The club has taken to performing demonstrations every year at major UP interactive events. Perdeby spoke with the club chairperson of TuksTaekwondo, Mr Deran Naidoo, ahead of the Open Day to better understand the structure and the objectives for hosting the demonstration.

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TuksHockey claim their first Varsity Hockey title.

ANTHONY JORDAAN

Following back to back play-offs and qualifiers in Stellenbosch and Potchefstroom earlier this month, the 2017 Varsity Hockey tournament concluded at TuksHockey’s Astro turf in Pretoria on Monday evening 22 May.

Even though it was a chilly evening, fans flocked to the stadium in support of the log leaders and home side Tuks, as they went on to claim their first ever Varsity Hockey title, defeating the University of Stellenbosch (Maties) 1-0.

The final game of the season saw the two teams topping the log go head to head, to produce end to end action from the offset.Tuks took advantage of early momentum and roaring home side support, however it was Maties who had two penalty corners in quick succession in the 14th minute of the game, and who produced one last attempt with a deflected shot just before the end of the first Chukka of the game.

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Five minutes with Coach Human

EMMANUEL OLUSEGUN
Coach Pote Human has a variety of achievements under his belt that include his work as the Blue Bulls Currie Cup Head Coach in the 2005/6 season and the Blue Bulls Super Rugby forward coach from 2005 to 2008. Since joining TuksRugby as head coach in 2013, he has played an integral role in leading UP to their incredible Varsity Cup Final win this year where they beat Stellenbosch University (Maties) with a solid 28-21 score line. Perdeby met up with Coach Human to discuss his successes of this year.

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