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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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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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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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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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UP sports research institute continues to grow

KWAZI SOKHELA
The Institute for Sport, Exercise Medicine, and Lifestyle Research has continued to make developments in implementing, as Professor Martin Schwellnus (the director of the Institute) describes, “the hub of a big service centre for athletes”. It is a service centre whereby UP athletes and athletes from surrounding areas are able to consult with medical experts to receive assistance with sports medicine, and sport-related injuries and complications.

The Institute for Sport, Exercise Medicine, and Lifestyle Research, which was established in 2015 by UP, is an institution where research is conducted between the institution itself and its interdisciplinary and multi-faculty partners and affiliates. The institution aims to acquire more insight and knowledge in the field of sports medicine – particularly the adaptation to more healthy, nutritional lifestyles and practices, increased activity in sport and exercise, and the prevention of exercise induced injuries.

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