Tukkies show the way forward


It was ought to be a close battle in the Varsity Cup 2013, but Tukkies clearly did not get the memo in one of the most one-sided finals every witnessed.

by Jacques

Not a lot of analysing needs to be done in this game to understand why Tuks came out on top. It all started with Maties struggling in their line outs where the first one they lost on their own throw almost resulting in a try for Tukkies – from there, it got progressively worse.

Tukkies dominated in just about all areas of play known to man, and some areas which still needs to be defined.

For Tuks, Pollard showed the talent we have been hearing about for some time but never quite witnessed – he will be another Varsity Cup product to wear the Springbok jersey in the not too distant future. The young man showed all his classed in his kicking, running and distribution, controlling the game with ease which was made easier thanks to their dominant pack.

In many ways Tukkies showed the way forward for the Varsity Cup, a future some might not be too happy with.

My thanks go out to the following resources for information through this year’s competition – make sure you give them a visit:




Until next year……Back your Boy’tjies

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  1. Yes I do believe Tukkies are showing the way forward.

    Universities have the resources to sustain a semi-professional competition leaving almost no use for the
    Vodacom Cup.

    I just look at the Cheetahs as an example. Shimlas and Ixias now play in semi-pro competitions which is great for their rugby yet both will need to start fighting in the marketplace for players in the same way colleges in the US scout talent early.

    Yet the FS Vodacom cup team are now made up of very little.

    The stage is set for a properly run club setup now where a town like Bloem will have ONE team that competes with ONE team in Boksburg and ONE team in DURBAN.

    Do away with these under 21 and under 19 and vodacom teams that just swallow resources without ever putting bums on seats.

  2. Morne is there anyway you can find out the costs to a union of maintaining these age group and vodacom teams?

    Flights, Hotels, Gym Fees, Medical fees, Stipends, kit etc.

    Then we look at the average of 12 people in a stadium who watch these games and suddenly there is this huge deficit?

    Rather divert some of the expenses onto the Varsity system and unify club players into new mega entities that compete in the same way clubs do now.

    Point is, we have too many nothing clubs meaning our amateur player base is diluted.

    If for example Bloem can catch all talent either through the Varsity system or the mega club, then little will go to waist and the union wont have to fork millions to sustain ‘products’that dont garner income.

  3. Heyneke has asked Handre to remain with the Under 20 Boks for the time being but says he was very close to being called up to the Bok practice camp this weekend.

    Jacques I felt the Maties more than held their own mauling and scrumming. In that respect Morne was right, they would have done much beter if they had held the ball and done the typical British rugby thing and stodgily kept it amongst the forwards and bulldozed up.

  4. Ek dink nie die Maties het al ooit
    so ver verloor nie?
    Hulle het die hele reeks maar geraap
    en skraap om te wen.

    Rugby is nie meer dieselfde prioriteit
    as destyds nie.
    En een van die grootkoppe op die US Raad
    is ‘n regte bitterbek wat ook wil sien dat
    Dok Craven se standbeeld by die klubhuis
    verwyder word.