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ANELE MANANA AND HUVASAN REDDY
4 February marked the end of North West University’s (Pukke) two-year Varsity Cricket trophy drought, as they defeated back-to-back defending champions UP-Tuks in the final on their home soil. UP won the toss and elected to bat first. It didn’t take long for Pukke to get an early advantage when captain Wilhan Lubbe made an astounding catch to dismiss Donavon Ferreira for five in the third over, leaving Tuks on 11/1 after just 2.1 overs.
Durban native and UP student, Lungisani Ngidi is someone to watch out for. At the tender age of 20, the Industrial Sociology student has bowled for the Northerns and is currently a bowler for the Titans. The young star was called up by the Proteas in January to represent them in his first T20 International debut.
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.
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.
Annika and Bianca Strydom were the South African representatives in the Union de Pentathlon Moderne World Championships that took place in Florida, USA. The duo participated in a challenging new extended course, making them the record-setters for the new course. It started with a gruelling 1 600 m run, followed by a 200 m swim and concluded with a final 1 600 m run. Bianca finished first, claiming a gold medal, closely followed by her twin sister Annika. The students have made quite an impression in their first year, and hope to continue their success in 2017.