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The Big Boys Are Back

With just one round to go in the Varsity Football competition before the playoffs, the so-called big teams have flexed their muscles to show that they have hit their straps and are full of confidence.

Two-time champions UP-Tuks had a very slow start to the competition, picking up just five points from their first five matches, their only victory coming in Round Three when they beat UJ. They drew with UWC and NWU-Mafikeng in Round One and Round Four, respectively.

That was offset by two losses to TUT and CUT in Round Two and Five respectively. They followed up their latest loss with a resounding 9-1 victory over Fort Hare which has shaken the log. Tuks were always one of the favourites and that has now been cemented.

They currently find themselves in third place, just three points behind second-placed CUT. Should they continue the sort of form, confidence and scoring prowess they displayed in Round Six then we will definitely see them in the semifinals.

The other so-called big team that made a statement in Round Six was NWU-Mafikeng. Coming off the back of two losses - to UJ in Round One and CUT in Round Five - the match against defending champions was do-or-die for the usually consistent Mafikeng students.

So having stumbled against those opponents, they managed to scrape their way past Fort Hare in Round Two before claiming a draw against Tuks in Round Four. The interesting and intriguing bit about their campaign though comes in the form of a postponed game.

Their Round Three encounter against Wits was postponed until September 1 and that result will have a massive impact on the final log standings, should they be able to overcome CUT in Bloemfontein in Round Seven.

It's simply win or bust for them from this point, however, a draw against the second-placed team and victory over Wits in their postponed match will see them have an outside chance of qualifying for the semifinals as the final placings will come down to goal difference.

Stranger things have happened and with five teams battling for three spots, the final round of action - and the postponed match - will ensure this Varsity Football season goes down to the wire.

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