With Tuks being their own worst enemy, all TUT had to do was to wait for its opponents to make blunder after blunder and then pounce on it with the clinical ferociousness of a champion carnivore. TUT therefore deserves full credit for how they made Tuks pay for their mistakes.
Even though Tuks trailed 16-24 at the break, they fought back bravely in the second half and actually played themselves into a commanding position, leading 32-24 with less than 15 minutes to go.
But then disaster struck as lock Franco Mostert was red carded for alleged head butting in the 70th minute. TUT used the advantage of one player more on the pitch to their full advantage and retook the lead with five minutes left on the clock. In this critical period of time Tuks gave away a try whilst referee Kruger continued with his whistle onslaught against Tuks.
Tuks did make some silly mistakes and will have to address their discipline at especially the break down areas, but even so Kruger made too many controversial decisions for the reasonable man not to conclude that he fell short by a long way in applying the rules of the game fair and just.
• Tuks scores:
Tries: Marius Weber, Dewald Pieters. Conversions: Renier Wiessener (2). Penalties: Wiessener (6). Drop goal: Wiessener.
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