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Varsity Cup – UJ defeats Wits

WITS’ second loss in five matches, sees UJ victorious.

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Shaun Williams of UJ Photo: Christiaan Kotze/SASPA/VarstityCup

It is the University of Johannesburg’s first win of the 2019 Varsity Cup season over WITS at UJ Stadium on Monday 5th March evening.

The game marks WITS’ second loss in five matches, although they had the edge over UJ on the Varsity Cup log going into the match, but UJ produced a greater performance, leading 17-0 at halftime, a conversion added by Mashudu Raphunga.

UJ’s Odwa Nkunjana scored two tries in the first half, and thanks to Shaun Williams with an added seven-pointer.


Photo: Christiaan Kotze/SASPA/VarstityCup

WITS responded in the 52nd minute with a try by Adrian van Blerk, and shortly afterwards, a seven-point run-in from Kasende Kapepula took them within striking range of UJ at 20-16.

UJ had two quick penalty kicks, followed by a converted try, which gave them a breath of fresh air on the scoreboard again. But within five minutes to go, a converted five-pointer by Adriaan Bester made UJ’s lead – and ultimately their win!!

SOURCE – IOL / Wynona Louw

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SA Rugby boss hit with 37m civil claim by Stellenbosch University

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Stellenbosch University’s R37m civil claim against him is “strange”, says SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux in a replying affidavit ahead of proceedings instituted against him by his former employer for alleged fraud.

Initially set down to be heard in the Western Cape High Court on May 13, the matter was postponed without a resumption date.

University spokesperson Martin Viljoen confirmed to News24 on Monday that this was owing to administrative reasons and time constraints, by agreement between the parties.

The university is claiming damages from Roux, who served as a senior director in the university’s finance department before he was appointed as Saru’s CEO in 2013.

Roux also said the university’s claim that he had breached his employment contract strange, questioning how he could have breached his employment contract when it was unable to produce the laws, statutes, regulations, policies, and principles that applied during his employment.

According to a report by audit firm KPMG, attached to a notice by the university lodged at the high court in October 2017, Roux “misrepresented the university’s funds (including by, without evidence of authorisation, reallocating reserves of the university for expenditure); entered into unauthorised agreements on behalf of the university; did not act in the best interests of the university; and potentially benefitted personally from university funds”.

News24 in March reported that De Beer had been served with a notice to appear in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crimes Court later that month to face multiple fraud charges as well as a charge of money laundering.

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Kovsies, UJ record victories in Varsity Hockey

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The first day of the second leg of Varsity Hockey took place at the NWU Hockey Astro in Potchefstroom on Friday.

The day started with a convincing victory for Kovsies who beat Wits 7-0. UJ stumped UCT in a dramatic penalty shootout 2-1 after their game finished 2-all.

Defending champions Tuks are back to winning ways after Marizen Marais proved to be the hero of the day as Tuks beat Madibaz 9-0 and Maties fell to their first defeat when they lost 2-1 to hosts, NWU.

Kovsies’ seven goals against Wits’ none is an accurate depiction how the first game went down at the North-West University Astro on the first day of the bumper weekend in Potchefstroom.

UJ STUN UCT ON PENALTIES

Fifth place UJ bought their A-game against third place UCT to take a narrow 2-1 win on penalties in Potchefstroom.

The first half saw equal opportunity for both teams, but it was UCT who had the most composure. UCT had four short corners in a row, but were unable to get ahead, with the score sitting at 0-0 going into halftime

UCT came out firing in the second half, but their efforts proved futile in the third quarter when they were still unable to find the back of the net.

Kristen Paton came close to scoring for UJ, but her shot went just wide. Thato May put UJ on the board in the last five minutes of the third quarter when she fired a shot through UCT’s defence to take a 2-0 going into the last quarter of the match.

UJ caught their second wind in the last quarter and took the opportunity to call a PowerPlay after UCT were yellow-carded, which sent them down to eight women.

However, they were unable to make anything of the PowerPlay but still maintained their 2-0 lead. Francesca Vercellotti proved to be the hero of the day when she scored in the dying seconds of the game to draw UCT level with UJ and take the game to penalties.

UJ won the coin toss and chose to send UCT in to take the first penalty. Nicole Koenig scored UCT’s first and only penalty, with Pauline Jacobs converting her penalty or UJ to draw level with UCT.

Lethabo Nkoe was UJ’s saving grace when she found the back of the net to secure the win for UJ, with UCT unable to score any more of their penalties to put them back in it.

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UCT rugby players get schooled by Top SA rugby brains

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Springbok’s RG Snyman, Elton Jantjies, Marvin Orie and Aphiwe Dyantyi, as well as members of the Blitzbok squad, gave an impromptu rugby coaching clinic to 100 college football players from the visiting University of Michigan in the USA, in Cape Town on Sunday 5 May.

Players and management members, are visiting South Africa as part of their annual experiential sports and cultural learning programme.

On Sunday afternoon rugby exchange programme was hosted at the UCT rugby fields in Rondebosch, where the Springboks and Blitzboks were joined by members of the UCT and UWC Varsity Cup sides to demonstrate the basic rugby concepts to the eager college football stars.


Springbok assistant coach Matt Proudfoot, showing the visiting players from the University of Michigan how to scrum.
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Rugby Stars such as Zain Davids and Philip Snyman assisted the local varsity coaches in a fun-filled rugby coaching clinic, which also included a group of learners from the Vuka Busy Bees rugby programme.

“It was great fun to explain the basics of rugby to them – they learned a lot in the short time we were together and we managed to learn a lot from their sporting experiences and challenges, Springbok’s RG Snyman.”

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