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TuksRugby : UP-Tuks 1 defend cup title with emphatic win

By Morris Gilbert

Posted on 12 September 2011

UP-Tuks 1 defended their Carlton Cup title successfully at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday by taking Police to the cleaners in the 2011 finals.

UP-Tuks beat their arch rivals 48-16, soring 8 tries to 1. The final score does not reflect it, but UP-Tuks had to work hard for their 14th consecutive win of the season. UP-Tuks 1 were just in front at halftime (12-9) and with only 18 minutes to go were still leading by three points only (19-16).

It was exactly then, however, that the UP-Tuks 1 machine kicked into overdrive and it became case of one way traffic as the University’s pride ran in another five tries to improve on their 49-23 win against Police in the 2010-final.

UP-Tuks’ tries were scored by Jono Janse van Rensburg, Nqubeko Zulu, Zane Botha, Dabeon Draghoender, Stairs Mlongo, Robbie Coetzee, Poerie van Rooyen and Pieter Oosthuizen. Tian Schoeman added the rest of the points with four conversions.

UP-Tuks will jet off to Stellenbosch on Friday to represent the Blue Bulls at the National Club Championships taking place from 17-23 September. UP-Tuks will be without their captain as Peet Botma was ruled out of contention due to the serious knee injury sustained in the final against Police.

TuksRugby also had the last say in the second, third and u.19A finals.

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