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Tuks - Varsity Football's Giants

To say that UP-Tuks are the giants of Varsity Football would be to state the obvious as no team has achieved the amount of success they have since the inception of the competition.
 
Then again, they are also one of just three teams who have competed in every edition of the competition but two consecutive trophies in three editions is something will potentially not be repeated anytime soon.
 
They amassed 13 victories, drew three matches and lost just five encounters in the 21 round robin matches over the three years. Their play-off record is something special as well - four victories and just one loss (2015) from their five knockout fixtures.
 
We take a look at what they have achieved in each of their three years!
 
2013
 
Tuks bagged five victories, one draw and a loss in the inaugural year of the competition to amass a total of 16 points and finish the round robin phase in second place, scoring 15 goals and conceding just five in their seven matches.
 
Their solitary loss came in the opening round where neighbours TUT handed them a 4-1 defeat while the tied match occurred in the third round when they were held 1-1 by the Madibaz. The biggest win of their campaign came in Round Four when they demolished UCT 5-0.
 
Tuks hosted NWU-Mafikeng in the semi-finals and came away with a 1-0 victory to set up a home final against the Madibaz. It was one way traffic in that contest as the Pretoria students claimed a comfortable 4-1 victory to secure their first title.
 
2014
 
Many questions popped up before the tournament as to whether Tuks would defend their title and those concerns became reality after they suffered a 4-0 defeat in Round Three at the hands of newcomers, and eventual finalists, UJ.
 
There only other defeat of the campaign occurred in Round Six when they went down 2-1 at the hands of UWC in Cape Town while the only other time they coughed points up was in a 2-2 draw with 
 
Mafikeng in Round Five. They eventually finished the campaign in third place on 13 points, having scored 15 goals and conceding 10. 
 
Tuks headed to Mafikeng for their semi-final encounter and emerged 5-4 victors on penalties, after the match finished goalless to book their spot in the final against UJ in Johannesburg. It was sweet revenge for them as they handed UJ a 1-0 defeat to retain their title.
 
2015
 
This was arguably the most frustrating year, despite matching their 2014 results, as inconsistency plagued their game throughout the campaign.
 
They had the worst start to their campaign, claiming just one point from their opening two matches after a goalless draw with TUT and a 2-1 loss to UWC in Cape Town. After that, they bagged four victories and one more defeat, 2-1 against Wits.
 
They found the back of the net on 10 occasions but had their best defensive effort of the three years by conceding just four goals to secure second spot on the log with a total of 13 points.
 
The two-time defending champions were sent crashing out of the tournament, 4-1 on penalties, at the hands of neighbours TUT, after the match ended in a goalless draw.
 
Tuks have set a high standard for the rest of the teams to follow and despite missing out on the 2015 final, they will certainly be back stronger than ever to get themselves back to the top of the pile.
 

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