Varsity Cup Final! Tuks v Maties

April 9, 2012
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The first ever Varsity Cup match televised in 2008 was between Maties and Tuks at the Danie Craven stadium in Stellenbosch, this game ended up in a 31 all draw. Four years down the line these two team will meet in the final of the 2012 season in Pretoria.

by Jacques

When I saw Heineke Meyer involved last year in the Tuks setup, I knew that this team will become something special. Under Marais as head coach, Tuks went from sixth in 2010 to runners up in 2011.

In 2011, when the cooperation between UP-Tuks and the Blue Bulls reached new heights Marais was overseen by new Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer, who was then the Director of Rugby at the Blue Bulls Company. Instead of being overwhelmed by the mere presence of such a great as Meyer, Marais was prepared to learn from the master himself. Marais explained: “Having Heyneke in the same corner was awesome. He is an inspiring coach, mentor and human being. He could have taken over completely without anybody raising an eyebrow, but instead he gave me the space to do my own thing.

“We deserve to be where we are this year,” Botha told the official Varsity Cup website ahead of Monday’s finale at the Tuks Rugby Stadium. “We ended top of the log, we won our semifinal and it’s our right to host the final in front of our home fans. We’re really looking forward to it.”

Coach Roux will be guiding his side to a fourth Varsity Cup Final in five years. “There’s no point over-thinking things too much ahead of a final,” said Roux, “I won’t do it, and I’ve told the team not to do it either.”You can’t be too serious about the whole thing,” he added, “and I’ve told the players to make time to take it all in, to not be too serious on the day and to have a smile on their faces. All we can do as a team is get our execution right and ensure that we stop their momentum

“We’ll be doing what we’ve been doing all year, “winning by one point in injury-time!”

It is an open question who will take the spoils tonight but one thing will be certain it will be a hell of a game.

My Prediction:

The first ever team I supported was Maties, and that will never change. Thinking back on this season the two teams deserve their places in the final and since last year I picked Tuks for the win in the final. Maybe a year later but I do feel they will have the home ground advantage and used it tonight. I will go against my heart and give this final to Tuks with 10 points.

In my heart I will still hope that Maties will pull it through though. The silver lining is that the souties from the mountain UCT will play in promotion relegation match against CUT.

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72 Comments

  1. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Vishuis vs Dagbreek – Koshuis Final

  2. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Dagbreek score with Meyer Jansen van Rensburg

  3. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Renier de Villiers adds the conversion and Dagbreek lead Vishuis 8-0 after 4min

  4. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Hemel Fantasties making some nice noise at Tuks Sportsground

  5. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    TMO for possible try by Vishuis

  6. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Try Vishuis 11 min gone

  7. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Dagbreek 8-5

  8. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Try scored Vossie an Straaten for Vishuis

  9. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Vishuis in again 16 min gone

  10. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Morrison the try scorer

  11. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Vishuis 13-8 18 min gone

  12. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Vishuis 18-8 25 min

  13. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Vishuis 18 Dgareek 12, Dgabreek comes back with two penalries

  14. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Vishuis 20 Dagbreek 16 38 min gone

  15. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Vishuis score 28-16 41 min

  16. avatar Boertjie says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Reply to Jacques(Bunny) @ 4:44 pm:

    Heuwels Fantasties, Boet.
    Heuwels, soos in koppies.
    Bly ‘n uiters kak naam.
    Pas by die kak musiek.
    :Boertjie GOM:

  17. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Vishuis 36 Dagbreek 26 53 min gone

  18. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 5:40 pm: Morne sal nei saam stem nie :D

  19. avatar Boertjie says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Reply to Jacques(Bunny) @ 5:42 pm:

    Snaaks – dis die soort musiek wat
    ‘n braaivleisvuur kan doodpis.

    Hoe laat skop die Maties af?

  20. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    19:00

  21. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    vishuis score last try in dying minutes

  22. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    44-26 to Vishuis

  23. avatar Morné says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Since all of you shared my son’s birth – here he is on his 5th birthday!

    null

    Go MATIES!

  24. avatar Boertjie says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Nice!
    Lyk of hy een van die dae die
    vuur sal kan maak en die dop
    kan skink.
    :wink:

  25. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    After 5 min of play Tuks cross over for their first try

  26. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Tuks in full control as expected

  27. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Maties killing Tuks in Scrum

  28. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Sorry Tuks 5-0 9 min gone

  29. avatar Aldo says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Go Boytjies! Tuks of niks!

  30. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Maties loking good in scrums and lineouts, Tuks looks brilliant on attack

  31. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Andre Smith is brilliant little fulback playing nice and open running rugby for Maties

  32. avatar Morné says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Reply to Morné @ 7:09 pm:

    Ma wil nie he hy moet dop gooi nie…

  33. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Reply to Morné @ 7:26 pm: Geluk met sy verjaarsdag was die sms na jou op die regte nr

  34. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Maties on attack on Tuks half now

  35. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Maties back in the game with nice presure on Tuks for the past 10 minutes

  36. avatar Boertjie says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    According to my varsity sauce the Tuks
    team is loaded with provincial players.
    I believe this is set to change.

  37. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    It is that Andre Smit scoring for Maties brilliant player Maties 8-5 21 min

  38. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 7:32 pm: Yip they brought back all teh Bulls Vodacom Cup players back

  39. avatar Boertjie says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Reply to Morné @ 7:26 pm:

    So drink jy uit ‘n halfjack in
    ‘n bruin papiersak?
    :wink:

    Was op die spyskaart van die Rockspider
    in Seepunt, way back.
    Dit was genoem “Die Skelm Ouderling.”

    “Racheltjie de Beer” was ‘n lang koeksister
    met roomysballe weerskante op ‘n bord.

    Those were the days . . .

  40. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    And another ref that knows fokol about scrums penalize the side who dominate

  41. avatar Morné says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 7:36 pm:

    Al wat ek dan sal seg is; “Welkom Broers by hierdie kerksraad vergaadering” !! :)

  42. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Get so pissed off with refs that do noty know their laws, Mock jump by 4 jumper before ball goes in then put the ball infront :bangheadt:

  43. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Tuks score after suspect turnover

  44. avatar Boertjie says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    My vrou annekseer die TV en nie een
    van haar pelle bel haar met een van
    daai halfuur gesprekke nie.

  45. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Tuks 13 Maties 8 34 min gone

  46. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Maties hit back TMO

  47. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Try Maties

  48. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Hugo Score 13-13 almost halftime

  49. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Halftime Tuks and Maties logged at 13 all

  50. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    40 min between winning and losing the Cup…Go maties!!! :wave:

  51. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Tuks start with a brilliant try

  52. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    maties 21-13

  53. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    These two teams deserve to be in final end to end stuff all the way

  54. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Tuks 21-13 sorry

  55. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Flip this ref really do noy know waht the hell is going on in scrums both teams suffer because of his uselessness

  56. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Tuks has a bit more on attack than Maties for me

  57. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Maties losing too much balls on attack

  58. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    20 min left to see who is teh 2012 Champions

  59. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Tuks useless in lineouts

  60. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    ref scream for `12 for offside and then let play go on good try Tuks

  61. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Tuks 29-13 65 min

  62. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Maties last change with scrum 5 meters away

  63. avatar Boertjie says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Reply to Jacques(Bunny) @ 8:39 pm:

    Game, set and match to Tukkies Vodacom side then.

  64. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Maties look out of steam

  65. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 8:43 pm: Maties palying stupid rugby

  66. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    This train shit :poop:

  67. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Tuks deserve this win Playing good rugby in final

  68. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    2012 Champions Tuks Congrats

  69. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Maties score little to late

  70. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Tuks 29-21 Congrats Tuks

  71. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 9th, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    One of the best but then we say that every year Varsity Cup great competition and great concept just sad it is finish now.

  72. avatar DavidS says:
    April 10th, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Yeah Tuks…

    At least one of the Northern Varsity teams are doing something respectable…

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