Tuks' Carlton Cup semi-final march gains more momentum

Posted on July 18, 2010

Tuks, now the only unbeaten side in the Carlton Cup second round scored six tries to two in their first win against Bobbies since the 2009 Carlton Cup first round. In the 2010 knock-out fixture Tuks shared the spoils with Police (13-13), the defending Carlton Cup champions.

On Saturday, it was evident from the start that Tuks would be more than a handful for Police. The visitors put up a brave performance and were still in with a fighting chance in the first half when the point difference did not pose a hopeless challenge of catch up rugby.

In the end, Tuks’ abundance of skills, speed, fitness and structured play proved to be too much for Police.

For Tuks head coach, Blikkies Groenewald the win was even more memorable because he celebrated his birthday on Saturday.

“I am really proud of every player as it was a magnificent team effort. But we all know as well that the work is not done and that our best is still to come, which is heartening as we have to peak when it matters most – in the play-offs,” commented Blikkies.

Tuks will only know on Monday how serious the ankle injuries of winger Dirk Dippenaar and centre Johan Booysen are.

Tuks scorers:

Tries: Henri Bantjes, Gerhard van der Merwe, GD Kotzee, Boon Kotzee, Gert-Andries van der Merwe, Corné Fourie. Conversions: Boeboes Coetzee (4). Penalties: Coetzee (2).

Copyright © University of Pretoria 2024. All rights reserved.

FAQ's Email Us Virtual Campus Share Cookie Preferences