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The Bulls secured a 36-30 win against Western Province (WP) in the Currie Cup semi-final on 15 October at Loftus Versfeld. The Bulls welcomed back Springbok scrumhalf Rudy Paige from international duty and captain Arno Botha from injury. Western Province welcomed the return of Sprinboks Bongi Mbonambi (hooker) and centre Juan de Jongh.
The season change has led to the inevitable annual frenzy that fills up gyms. On 3 September students and the public alike congregated in the name of fitness and in the pursuit of a summer body to partake in the Spring Break Aerobics Marathon. The focus was to have fun and to love the body in all its forms while getting fit.
The Premier Hockey League (PHL) is South African hockey’s newest hockey competition, with a format that’s been created to transform the sport in the country.
From an interest, participation and performance perspective, the PHL will be the first hockey competition to place both men and women on equal footing in terms of coverage and remuneration. It will form a key part of the South African Hockey Association’s (SAHA) high performance pipeline which is aimed at better equipping South Africa’s national men’s and women’s teams for international competition.
Following UP’s sudden exit from the VarsityFootball tournament, Perdeby spoke to UP captain and centre-back Simbongile Njokwe to review the season, gain some understanding of their downfall, and reassure fans of their comeback in the next season of VarsityFootball.
What have been the greatest contributing factors to UP missing out on the semi-final of the Varsity Cup?
I honestly think we were not consistent as a team. We lost matches that we were supposed to win. As the captain I failed the team, therefore we did not get through to semi-finals.
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The UP women’s sevens team took part in two friendly matches on 3 September at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). A number of new players were given the opportunity to play in the games as the UP athletes hoped to increase the stature and popularity of the sport among women, as part of their preparation for the USSA tournament in Margate on 24 September.
UP are the defending champions of USSA, and it showed as they scored two convincing 68-0 and 52-0 wins against UJ and Wanderers, respectively. These performances served as stepping stones in the right direction as the UP-Tuks women hope to defend their title on Heritage Day. Perdeby caught up with Tuks’ captain Scherren Long and gathered her thoughts, general opinions and perspectives on the weekend and looking forward.