KAYA NOCANDA: UP-Tuks 1 won this year’s BBRU Carlton Cup beating Pretoria Police 35-13 in the final on Saturday 9 August.
In the build-up to the final UP-Tuks 1 coach Pote Human did not believe that the game was going to be easy and said that there would be “war” when the two sides collided.
The opening ten minutes of the game saw both teams using a lot of one-off runners to assert their dominance in the collisions. UP-Tuks 1 were determined to cross the advantage line with each carry but Pretoria Police’s defence was strong and they were able to repel UP-Tuks 1’s efforts. Team captain and number five lock Reniel Hugo spotted some space behind Police’s defensive line and his chip forced the Police full-back to kick the ball out inside his own 22. UP-Tuks 1 were then able to set up a rolling maul that saw Sidney Tobias scoring the first try of the final. The conversion attempt by Antonie Beswick was unsuccessful.
MUHAMMAD HUSSAIN: It was tries galore on a Dunedin-like Great Field as the Rhodes Internal Rugby League continued last Friday evening.
In the first of the night’s fixtures Founders ran in five tries to beat The Hill 34-5.
“We started off a bit slow and they were very good in the beginning, but we got one and another try before halftime,” said Paul Burgess, Captain of the Founders team.
KAYA NOCANDA: UP-Tuks 1 coach Pote Human is optimistic about his side’s prospects of defending their BBRU Carlton Cup title. The team has been buoyed by their recent success in the University Sports of South Africa (USSA) Rugby Championship and their form coming into the final, which is set to be staged at Loftus Versfeld.
Human spoke to Perdeby.
Coming into the Top 4 phase of the Carlton Cup, have your achievements in the USSA competition had a significant effect on the team’s morale and their belief that they can defend their title?
Claiming the much sought after USSA championship title for only the second time in the 20-year history of the tournament was a huge morale and confidence booster. We succeeded because every player and management team member lived the dream that we were meant to be the 2014 champions. I am very proud of them all.
KAYA NOCANDA: UP-Tuks 1 won gold at the USSA rugby festival hosted by Rhodes University in Grahamstown from 30 June to 4 July.
The Tuks side, under the mentorship of Pote Human, succeeded in winning back the title that Tuks had last won in 2012, beating 2013 champions the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in the final.
UP-Tuks 1 came into the competition as strong favourites as the core of their team had been participating in the BBRU Carlton Cup, where they dominated. This meant that most of the Tuks players were already match fit whereas some of the other participating teams did not have this advantage.
LUTHO MTONGANA: The Wits internal rugby league put on an exhilarating show last night with four tightly contested games on the east campus rugby fields.
All four games ended the first half with scores tied, an indication of how evenly matched the teams were.
The Steinhoff Medics won 34-32 against the Steinhoff Engineers in the highest scoring game of the night. The Medics ended the game with a spectacular try from within their own half.
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It seems that minister of Sports Fikile Mbalula does not understand this. He recently threatened to withdraw funds from sport teams if they do not fulfill the 60% black representational quota. This was made with particular reference to sports such as cricket, rugby, netball, athletics and soccer.
Lutho Mtongana: Monash University won its internal rugby league match against Steinhoff South African Hellenic Association (SHA) on Wednesday, 31 to 25, but left many of its fans frustrated with their poor defence.
SIMPHIWE NHLABATHI: Former UP-Tuks 1 lock Daniel Adongo has been playing for America’s National Football League side Indianapolis Colts since signing a one-year contract with them last year. The Kenyan, who spent a large part of his rugby career in South Africa, made the move after what he called “a series of emails” between him and the Colts.
MAXINE TWADDLE: A University of Cape Town (UCT) Varsity Cup rugby player has been accused of hitting a female North-West University student after UCT’s Varsity Cup final win in Potchefstroom last Monday.
Irini Agathagelou posted on Carte Blanche’s Facebook wall that she had been assaulted by the player when she tried to intervene in a fight between the UCT and the NWU players at a Wimpy after the match. She hit the player with an unidentifiable object on the head before he punched her. Agathagelou said that, “[he] gave me a right hook on my face, he tried to hit me again but someone stopped him”. She listed her injuries as concussion, facial lacerations, and back and neck injuries. Agathagelou was taken to hospital, where she was kept overnight.
Luca Kotton: This year’s Varsity Cup tournament ended with an unlikely finish when Ikeys came back from an 18-point deficit with six minutes remaining to claim the title.
University of Cape Town Ikeys took the match, 39-33, in the Monday match against NWU-Pukke, which left the hometown crowd in Potchefstroom disappointed.