Something special brewing at Tukkies

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content on 15 Nov 2010 at 08:59
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The Blue Bulls Rugby Union – in the guise of the University of Pretoria’s Tukkies Varsity Cup team, seem to be going all out to claim the one trophy on the domestic scene that has so far not made a trip to Pretoria in recent years. The Maties from Stellenbosch have won the Varsity Cup three years in a row since its inception and Tukkies want in on the action.

It started with taking a good look at the College Rovers side that won the recent National Club Championship. That team, packed full of players who couldn’t get a look n with the Sharks, nevertheless managed, within the space of a week, to demolish the University of Johannesburg, Potchefstroom University and the mighty Maties on their way to a maiden trophy win. In strengthening their squad, Tukkies have made big inroads into that team, luring half-backs Neil de Bruin and Wesley Dunlop to Pretoria, along with several other promising players including former Baby-Bok prop Sabelo Nhlapo and possibly also Sharks under 21 centre Arno van Zyl (at the time of writing it is not yet clear whether van Zyl has signed). Another centre, Jerome Pretorius, was made a good offer as well, but the exciting player, who scored two crucial tries in the final to break the Maties hearts, has decided to stay in Durban to have one more crack at making the Sharks squad.

Another former Sharks age-group player (and Baby Bok representative) in lock-cum-loosie Nqubeko Zulu is also on his way to Tuks, after spending a frustrating year in the wilderness of the Johannesburg club scene.

All of the players who have joined Tukkies for the Varsity Cup have been promised a reasonable shot of going on to play for the Bulls at Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup level should their performances warrant it and it’s (I would imagine) primarily with this aim in mind that Bulls Director of Rugby, one Heyneke Meyer, will be playing a hands-on coaching role with the team. Perhaps it’s an admission that the Bulls’ junior ranks aren’t considered quite ready to step up into the senior team once the current crop of stars moves on (the recent Currie Cup did expose a few glaring depth issues), but then again, it might also just be a case of the Bulls doing some sensible planning to bolster their depth for years to come.

Whatever the case, it would be a brave man who bets against Tukkies mounting a very serious challenge indeed for the 2011 Varsity Cup title.


  • Good news for the Bulls factory bad news for the other provinces.

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.11.10 10:12:41 by lostfish Reply
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  • Especially bad news for the Sharks

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.11.10 10:24:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • Heaven’s know we can’t get a decent rugby team out of the KZN rugby team.

    I mean, we know people don’t go there for the standard of education! 😈

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.11.10 10:30:34 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Who would turn down a chance to work with Heyneke.. Clever move by these guys rather than languishing in the KZN club scene, they will play in the Varsity Cup, be on TV, get noticed by chicks, get world class coaching and learn the words to Liefling. What more can anyone ask for?

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.11.10 10:49:14 by Sportbilly Reply

  • @Sportbilly (Comment 4) :


  • Comment 5, posted at 15.11.10 10:56:58 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Sportbilly (Comment 4) : πŸ˜†
    and they get to feel the Fear.

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.11.10 10:58:30 by rekinek Reply
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  • I would love to read how the Natal Rugby Union intends responding to this exodus. The Varsity Cup may not be watched by many people yet, but it’s watched by the important rugby folks like coaches and cheque signers.

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.11.10 12:23:48 by beet Reply
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  • @Sportbilly (Comment 4) : You also get to use the ultra cool saying “Tuks of niks”. πŸ˜€

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.11.10 12:25:04 by beet Reply
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  • Maties…..!!!! vir altyd

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.11.10 12:55:49 by mikey Reply

  • @mikey (Comment 9) : second that!! wooooo MATIES! πŸ™‚

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.11.10 13:19:00 by jessi Reply

  • @mikey (Comment 9) :
    @jessi (Comment 10) :
    Sure… if you couldnt get into UCT. 😈

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.11.10 13:22:58 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Not good news at all..sharks need a varsity cup team asap

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.11.10 17:51:43 by bergshark Reply

  • Hop jerome trompie pretorius manages to make sharks team(vodacom should be his goal:cement his place in that team and I’m sure he will future in the cc team later on in season).glad to read of a player wanting to play for the sharks so much..this is the type of player we want..

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.11.10 18:00:08 by bergshark Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 13) : homegrown too… Port Natal lad.

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.11.10 18:08:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • Has sabz definately signed with tuks?? I saw him in durban last week ❓ πŸ™‚

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.11.10 20:42:22 by s.h.a.r.k.s Reply


    😎 😎 😎

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.11.10 21:07:12 by klempie Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 3) : WAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.11.10 21:09:20 by klempie Reply

  • @beet (Comment 8) : FO SHO!! 😎 😎

    I still need to get my t-shirt saying that. I spotted one at the gym the other day. 😎

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.11.10 21:10:30 by klempie Reply

  • Sabelo and jerome staying at sharks bt Arno likely to go

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.11.10 21:39:46 by skull Reply

  • I think UJ will be surprise packahge they were toughest team we played at club champs n they made few good signings

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.11.10 21:53:15 by skull Reply


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