AmaTuks bring in reinforcements


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.


Brittain brothers row in another win


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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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).


Tuks triumphs over Madibaz

Last night, UP-Tuks faced FNB Madibaz in the third round of Varsity Cup. Tuks won 33-16, scoring five tries to one. This win has sent Tuks to third on the log, an impressive achievement coming from fifth. This result was especially pleasing for last week’s man of the match, Chris Massyn, as it was his first win as captain. Man of the match went to Tuks’ Impi Visser, who will be playing in the pink Player that Rocks shorts next week against UJ.


Rising star Lungi Ngidi debuts for the Proteas


Right-arm fast bowler for Assupol, TuksCricket and the Titans, Lungisani Ngidi, made his debut for South Africa in the T20 series against Sri Lanka, as the opening bowler. Ngidi walked in as debutant with the economy of 3.20 and a best bowling figure of 9/32 for the Titans. Ngidi’s best bowling international score is an accomplished 4/19 with a striking economy of 5.16. Before his debut match Ngidi admitted to “being a tad bit nervous”.


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