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TUT Tread Uncharted Waters

TUT have never reached the Varsity Football final before and will head down to Cape Town to face table-topping UWC in a bid to keep the trophy in Pretoria.
 
They were the forerunners in the inaugural competition but came unstuck in the knock-out phase to miss out on the final before failing to qualify for the 2014 edition.
 
They returned to the showpiece event in 2015 and emerged rejuvenated to head into uncharted waters for the first time in the short history of the competition.
 
We have a look at how their two campaigns compare!
 
2013
 
They were the firm favourites at the start of the inaugural competition and definitely lived up to that tag during the mini-league phase. They remained unbeaten in their seven round robin matches, picking up five victories and two draws to top the standings with 17 points - which still remains as the highest points haul by any team thus far in the competition.
 
They were deadly n front of goal and tight in defence throughout their matches as they conceded just six goals while they found the back of the net on 16 occasions - the second most scored in all three competitions.
 
However, they came unstuck in the semi-final round when they went down 1-0 at the hands of fourth placed NMMU-Madibaz in Pretoria.
 
2015
 
After failing to qualify for the 2014 edition of the competition, TUT returned in 2015 full of confidence - sometimes bordering on arrogance - as they stated from the beginning that they would wipe the floor and claim the title on September 24.
 
Their round robin campaign could not have been more inconsistent and they certainly did not look like a championship winning team while their stats were also a lot less than 2013.
 
They picked up four victories and a solitary draw to go with two losses in the mini-league phase that saw them finish in third place on 13 points to set up an away semi-final against neighbours and bitter rivals, UP-Tuks.
 
This was their best year yet as they went one better and reached the final by knocking out the defending champions 4-1 on penalties, after the match ended in a goalless draw.
 
Many have tipped TUT to go all the way and keep the Varsity Football trophy in Pretoria, so all the pressure will be on their shoulders to live up to the expectations and do what no other team has been able to do this year - beat UWC in Cape Town.
 

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