Varsity Cup

Tuks dent Pukke’s hopes


Cape Town - Tuks claimed their first victory in five years over the NWU-Pukke as they surged to a 43-28 victory in Varsity Cup Round 9.

Dewald Naude went over for what he thought was his first try of the match, but the TMO disagreed.

In the 11th minute it was Andre Warner, from Tuks, who opened the scoring for the visitors as he went over for a seven-pointer to give his team a 9-0 lead.

With a solid drive from a lineout five metres from the NWU-Pukke’s tryline Elden Schoeman crashed over to narrow the lead to 9-7 in favour of Tuks.

Tuks’ Clyde Davids then went over in the corner for a try in the 21st minute to extend the lead to 18-7. Tinus de Beer successfully converted his second kick of the match. 

With eight minutes remaining before half-time, Naude got his first try to keep the scoreboard ticking to 25-7 for the men in blue.

After half-time NWU-Pukke’s Walt Steenkamp went through a gap to score a try for the home side underneath the poles. Schalk Hugo converted successfully to leave the score 25-14.

In the 47th minute NWU-Pukke were punished as Tuks’ De Beer converted a penalty kick to put them ahead 28-14.

It was the teamwork of the NWU-Pukke’s Wilmar Arnoldi and Schalk Hugo who managed to narrow the gap to 28-21 as Arnoldi went over the tryline and Hugo landed the conversion.

The show then belonged to Warner from Tuks as he drove over the line from a scrum to secure his second try of the match to put his team ahead 35-21.

After a long decision by the TMO, it was Loftus Morrison for NWU-Pukke who scored the bonus-point try in the 70th minute to narrow the deficit to 35-28. Hugo once again converted.

De Beer stretched his team’s lead with a penalty kick for his Tuks side to lead 38-28.

In the final movement of the match Sibahle Maxwane from the Tuks crossed the whitewash and rubbed salt in the wounds of the NWU-Pukke as the visitors claimed 43-28 victory.

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