Tukkies give their side of the story

March 22, 2013
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Following the recent furore that erupted over Tuks’ apparent breach of tournament rules on player eligibility, Prof. N.J. Grové from the University of Pretoria wants to set the record straight.

Prof. Grové felt that since the media only reported one side of the story but failed to highlight Tuks’ case that it is time to put the record straight.

According to Grové the player in question enrolled for a degree course at Tuks in 2012 (all 4 games in question involves the same player).  That same year he was selected for the U/20 National Team’s training squad and decided to pursue the opportunity to possibly get selected for the team.  This meant that he had to attend various training camps in the Western Cape and for that reason the player decided to suspend his studies at UP.

When he did not get selected for the U/20 National Team, the player returned to Pretoria where he enrolled for his studies again passing all his subjects at the end of the year (2012).

In the dispute the independent judicial officer however found that a student may not interrupt his studies in this manner which is the reason he, and the University of Pretoria, was found guilty.  However, there is no rule in the Varsity Cup regulations or constitution which states any reference to this rule or this specific situation (suspension of studies and re-enrolment of a student in the same year) and it is only the interpretation of the judicial officer on eligibility rules which found Tuks in breach of the regulations.

In spite of this, the University of Pretoria accept and respect the findings.

Prof. Grové concludes that it is unfortunate that Tukkies has been tainted in the media as an organisation that would deliberately break the rules where firstly, the rule does not actually exist or no clear rule exists to deal with such a situation and secondly, that the guilty verdict was down to the judicial officer’s interpretation.

“Yes, our aim is to win,” Prof. Grové ends off, “but not at the expense of the integrity of the game or the university.”

** Thanks to Boertjie who got me onto this – please note this is translated from Afrikaans

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9 Comments

  1. avatar KingPaul says:
    March 22nd, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Blablabla!
    Skelmgatte tot die einde toe!

  2. avatar Jacques(Bunny)Die wat nie hier is nie is elders!! says:
    March 22nd, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Bullshit, two years in a row, really hope they get moerd on Monday in semi

  3. avatar Craven says:
    March 22nd, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I dont get it? What has what happened in 2011 have to do with how they cheated this year? Was the player registered for a degree this year?

  4. avatar Boertjie says:
    March 22nd, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Reply to Craven @ 12:49 pm:

    Read again.

    However, there is no rule in the Varsity Cup regulations or constitution which states any reference to this rule or this specific situation (suspension of studies and re-enrolment of a student in the same year) and it is only the interpretation of the judicial officer on eligibility rules which found Tuks in breach of the regulations.

  5. avatar Morné says:
    March 22nd, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Reply to Craven @ 12:49 pm:

    For students registered in the previous year(s) they need to pass 30% or something to be able to play this year. So the regulation in that respect was followed by Tuks. The issue comes in with the student having suspended his studies for a period in 2011 and now playing in 2012 even though he passed all his subjects.

  6. avatar Craven says:
    March 22nd, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    It is 2013?

  7. avatar Morné says:
    March 22nd, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Reply to Craven @ 7:25 pm:

    Ag fok I got the years wrong again…

    Same thing, just move on a year! :)

    Still sign shit as 2012, I really suck at it.

  8. avatar Craven says:
    March 22nd, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    No problem, just think to explain his doings in 2011 while we are 2 years on doea not make sense. But we will leave it at that, maybe I am just daft today.

  9. avatar Morné says:
    March 22nd, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Reply to Craven @ 9:27 pm:

    He enrolled in 2012 for his studies, suspended it to take part in 2012 baby Bok trials. Didn’t make it, went back to Tuks in 2012 still, passed all his subjects.

    Judicial officer found that the period he suspended his studies for was unlawful which to me is rather anal. For some reason he had to be a FULL TIME student for the whole of 2012 and pass at least 30% of his subjects to play in Varsity Cup 2013.

    He passed all his degree subjects in 2012 even though he suspended his studies which from a ‘student’ point of view means he finished his first year in his degree course. Don’t know why Varsity Cup rugby has a problem with it.

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