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Three Tuks centuries overshadowed by lack of quality competition

By Morris Gilbert

Posted on 08 June 2009

Wesleigh Marais scored five of Tuks's tries in their 130-0 win.
Wesleigh Marais scored five of Tuks's tries in their 130-0 win.

The poor quality of competition at all levels of the Carlton League should be a source of ever growing concern for Tuks if they want to stay on level terms with their counterparts at the other top universities in the country.

The fact that the Carlton League is doomed in its current format, was never more evident than on Saturday, 6 June when Tuks amassed 631 points  (99 tries) to their opponents’ 88 (12 tries) in the eight matches played: four against Brits (1st, 2nd and 3rd league), two against TUT (u.21A and u.19A) and one each against Centurion (o.19A) and Police (o.19B).

The biggest Tuks win was in the u.21A league where Jongspan annihilated Brits, scoring 28 tries to one in their 164-5 win.

Tuks I and Tuks Fezelas were not far behind either. Tuks I beat Brits 130-0 in the opening match of the second round after beating the same side 99-0 when they met in the first round. Tuks I scored 20 tries to none.

In the second league Fezelas beat their Brits counterparts 104-0 (16 tries).

Weshleigh Marais, Tuks I’s scrumhalf, had a ball against Brits scoring five tries.

Tuks are well ahead on the Section X log. They have 46 points, 16 more than Police in second spot (30).

• Scorers for Tuks I:

Tries: Wesleigh Marais (5), Pieter Gothan (3), Gerhard van der Merwe (3), Fanie Booysen (2), Danie Crous (2), Hein Pretorius, Quinten Skewes, Erich van der Westhuizen, Devin Oosthuizen, Jo Walters. Conversions: Fanie Booysen (9), Louis Boshoff (6).

• Full Tuks results:

Carlton I: Tuks 130, Brits 0; Carlton II: Tuks Fezelas 104, Brits 0; Carlton III: Tuks Pumas 77, Brits 5; Carlton u.21A: Tuks Jongspan 164, Brits 5; TUT A 29, Tuks A 20; Carlton u.19A: Tuks A 84, Centurion 0; Tuks B 35, Police 14; TUT A 35, Tuks Fezelas 17.

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