University of Pretoria (UP-Tuks) Rugby League again made history this past-weekend to gain ownership on both the 1st– & 2nd Division Cups – The prestige Rhino- & Protea Cup. The South African Rugby League-season for 2011-2012 came to a closure with some of the most enduring RL-games games. Tuks Groenkloof Campus, known to everybody as the campus for teachers, looked as a well-manicured putting green for some golf-estate. The weather was very hot and humid. Fortunately no rain interfered the outcome of the day.
The second last game of the day was written like a boxing match screen-play. The UP-Tuks RL-2-squad (Northern Bulls) was nearly out for the count when trailing 10 – 30 at half-time. With the Kungwini Scorpions (Northern Bulls) in relax-mode the young-guns of UP-Tuks RL-2 started their comeback like a long-distant runner. Winning the game 34 – 30 with their superior fitness.
Try-Scorers – UP-Tuks RL-2:
Man-o-Match – UP-Tuks RL-2:
Try-Scorers – Kungwini Scorpions:
Man-o-Match – Kungwini Scorpions:
The main attraction of the day was as predicted –equal in action. Both teams provided entertaining rugby league. UP-Tuks RL opened the scoring with “Captain Courages”- Deon Kraëmer, scoring in the 3rd – minute with a long pass-receipt on the left-hand-side from stand-off Pieter V/d Nest catching the Bears depleted on defense. Score: UP-Tuks RL 4 – 0 Bears. In the 9th – minute the Bears lost the ball for UP-Tuks’ stand-off, Pieter V/d Nest to pick-up and score a convert try by himself. Score: UP-Tuks RL 10 – 0 Bears. In the 17th – minute the Bears hit back to score a converted try. Score: UP-Tuks RL 10 – 6 Bears. On the 22th – minute the Bears & Rhino captain, André Loader slide smoothly through the UP-Tuks defense to score the equalizer. Score: UP-Tuks RL 10 – 10 Bears. In the 27th – minute UP-Tuks scrum-half- Hans du Plessis proofed why he is one of the future stars for the Rhinos by scooting the PtB, outwitting three defenders with a sequence of side-steps to score a converted try. Score: UP-Tuks RL 16 – 10 Bears. In the 32th – minute UP-Tuks prop forward Manie Loots used his physical strength over 20m to beat the defense – off-loading to Siviwe (Banana) Mpondo who rolled a tackle perfectly to score the next converted try. Score: UP-Tuks RL 22 – 10 Bears. The Bears had the last say of the first-half by scoring on the half-time whistle. Score: UP-Tuks RL 22 – 14 Bears.
With the start of the second-half the Bears caught the UP-Tuks off-guarded to score & convert in the 42nd – minute. Score: UP-Tuks RL 22 – 20 Bears. This half belonged to one of the UP-Tuks “senior” players, Jonathan Soares who appeared, at the right time, to score three of the best converted tries of the season for UP-Tuks RL in this specific game. His angles in receipt on the angle, made all tries looking so easy to round-off what was entertaining passages for the home-squad. 61th – minute. Score: UP-Tuks RL 28 – 20 Bears 71th – minute. Score: UP-Tuks RL 34 – 20 Bears. 73th – minute. Score: UP-Tuks RL 40 – 20 Bears. The Bears had the last converted try to take the score into the final minutes of the game. Score: UP-Tuks RL 40 – 26 Bears
Play had to be delayed in the second-half for medical assistance to UP-Tuks’ rookie, Marchelle Olivier who was out for cold (shoulder charges) and had to be evacuated to hospital for concussion. Fortunately he tested ok and was released after thorough check-up by the doctor-on duty.
Man-o-Match – UP-Tuks 1:
Man-o-Match – Bears:
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