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Tuks' women shine in Reunion

By Morris Gilbert

Posted on 22 June 2009

Tuks' team in joyous mood after the final.
Tuks' team in joyous mood after the final.

Tuks’ women have good reason to be very proud of themselves after keeping the University’s flag flying high at an international sevens rugby tournament from 18 to 21 June on the island paradise of Reunion.

Tuks, the only club taking part, lost to the French national side in the final. The final score of 19-7 does not tell the full story however as Tuks scored the first try and were still very much in it at the break (7-7).

The turning point came when the referee decided to sin bin a Tuks player for a dangerous tackle, which is still disputed by coach Riaan van der Merwe.

Riaan hailed his team for a magnificent performance. On their way to the final they took care of Reunion (15-5), Mayotte Islands (55-0) and Madagascar (10-0).

“The girls did Tuks proud as we were a club competing against countries. Giving France a serious run for their money in the final is of great significance since they are a professional outfit,” said Riaan.

This fine performance gives Riaan high hopes for the international tournament on 15 July in Uganda, where Tuks and the Springboks will represent South Africa.

Riaan said Veronica Malan-Tshwane, Yolanda Meiring and Ilze van Staden were the three best Tuks players in Reunion.

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