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.
FNB UCT scored three tries in the last five minutes to beat NWU-Pukke 39-33 in Potchefstroom and claim their second FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International title.
The home side looked to have their first-ever title wrapped up with a 33-15 lead heading into the final stages of a pulsating final, but the Ikeys refused to give in and somehow found a way to get over the line and break NWU-Pukke hearts.
The 2014 FNB Varsity Cup title will be decided tonight when Potchefstroom hosts its first-ever final against the Ikey Tigers, who lifted the trophy the last time they made the final back in 2011.
Apart from the showdown between FNB NWU-Pukke and FNB UCT, the Steinhoff Koshuisrugby Championship final and the promotion/relegation battle between FNB UJ and the FNB UKZN Impi will also be decided at the Fanie du Toit Sports Grounds - all televised live on Supersport One.
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