TuksHockey: Tuks goes to the top in Joburg

Posted on May 10, 2016

The University of Pretoria (Tuks) went to the top of the standings at the start of the final day of the Johannesburg leg of this year's Varsity Hockey tournament on Monday, 9 May 2016, when they beat Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (Madibaz) 3–1.

It was an evenly matched game, but Tuks got the job done in the opposition circle, being more clinical with their finishing, which made all the difference in the end. Richard Pautz was once again Tuks's leading goal-scorer, scoring their first two goals himself and setting up the penalty stroke that earned Tuks their third goal.

The chances they wasted will irk Madibaz. They were inches away from scoring a second goal and putting Tuks under pressure in the final ten minutes when Michael Abrahams slapped the ball over the goalkeeper but hit the corner of the post.

Ignatius Malgraff, a member of the SA national team who hails from East London, grabbed Madibaz's only goal, finding a space in the circle and ramming the ball home with typical efficiency.

Pautz, who played in the 2014 African Hockey Championships, opened the scoring for Tuks in the 19th minute when he swept the ball into goal from the middle of the circle. Malgraff's equaliser came just a minute later. But Pautz popped up again in the right place at the right time ten minutes into the second half and hammered the ball into the goal from the back of the circle.

He then showed some fantastic dribbling skills in the circle and, because his stick was being interfered with from behind, umpire Gershwin Reid awarded the penalty stroke. There was some delay as Madibaz asked for the review, but the decision was confirmed and Grant Glutz stepped up and beat the goalkeeper to give Tuks some breathing space.

Madibaz forced three short-corners thereafter, but time ran out before they could gain enough ground to secure their second win of the tournament.


Result and awards:

Tuks 3 (Richard Pautz 2, Grant Glutz)

Madibaz 1 (Ignatius Malgraff)

FNB Player of the Match: Richard Pautz (Tuks)

Mugg & Bean Star Saver: Chad Durrheim (Madibaz)

Samsung Super Striker: Ignatius Malgraff (Madibaz)


- Author Ken Borland

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