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UP entered the ninth instalment of the Varsity Cup rugby competition on 30 points when they played host to Stellenbosch University (Maties) at Loftus Versfeld. UP, the two-time Varsity Cup champions, kicked off the 2017 season on a high note when they defeated their Cape-based rivals 13-9, after falling out of the competition in the semi-finals against Maties last year.
UP were welcomed back home to the Tuks Stadium on 13 February when they hosted the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Madibaz in a third round fixture. UP-Tuks continued their winning streak over the Madibaz as they claimed a 33-16 victory. This gave UP a 100 percent winning record going into the next fixture against the University of Johannesburg (UJ).
The University of Pretoria Football Club (AmaTuks) acquired four new players during the National First Division (NFD) Competition. One of these new arrivals is forward, Ryan Chapman, who has played regularly for the team since joining. Perdeby spoke with the striker on 28 February to enquire about his transition into the new environment at the University of Pretoria Football Club.
How have you settled in at the University of Pretoria?
I think I’ve settled in well. There are lots of guys that helped me settle in here. I know a couple of guys, I played with some of the others. The technical team was very good with that, and I think it’s a very good team. There’s good structures here and lots of young, hungry players.
On 27 February, FNB Tuks took on FNB Wits at home. Tuks won the game 25-9. Tuks stays third on the log after this win with 14 points behind Maties and Shimlas, who both have 19 points. This win is sweet after last week’s loss to UJ with a score of 18-17. FNB Player that Rocks went to Tuks’s very own Andre Warner. Captain Chris Massyn was pleased with the result and with how his team pushed Wits right until the very end, with Tuks scoring three tries to Wits’s zero.
The first score of the game went to Tuks at approximately eight minutes in, as they were awarded a penalty after Wits was guilty of illegal scrumming. This penalty was easy for flyhalf Tinus de Beer. Ten minutes in, Tuks was awarded another penalty for the same thing, but unfortunately this penalty was missed. Six minutes later, Wits flyhalf, Warren Gilbert, reminded the crowd that they were still in this as he scored a penalty for the away-team. The first try of the game was scored by Dewald Naudé. Although this spurred Tuks on, they conceded two penalties (both of which were easy enough for Gilbert to score) before they could manage to get the ball across the try line again. The second try was scored by Captain Chris Massyn and converted by De Beer, giving Tuks a 15-9 leg up. Just before half-time, Wits was given a yellow card for a dangerous tackle.
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.
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.