The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) have pulled their team out of the inaugural Predator Cup and opted to participate only in the Predator Plate competition.
TUT cited that the group they were initially placed in was “too strong”, hence the retreat.
The Citizen learnt last week that some of the teams participating in the rugby competition were not entirely satisfied with how the teams were grouped, and that some groups were “very weak” and one in particular, group A, “very strong”.
TUT were in Group A with Tukkies, Roodepoort and Brakpan.
The Pretoria team will now play in the lower league competition which consists of Wanderers, Union, Randfontein and NWU-Vaal. There will be no replacement for TUT in the Cup competition.
The rest of the fixtures got underway as scheduled this weekend and as predicted, the big guns sent out warnings to their competitors.
The University of Johannesburg saw off Pretoria Police 33-22, scoring a try in the closing minutes of the game to seal their victory. UJ’s fullback Kobus de Kock was hailed as the team’s best performer as he contributed 23 points to lead the students to victory.
In a game that produced nearly 40 penalties and five yellow cards, NWU-Pukke and Raiders shared the spoils with a 38-all draw. JC Oberholzer’s and Ashwell Adams each scored hat-tricks for their teams, nullifying any advantage. A draw is not what either of the coaches wanted as this will force the teams to win both of their remaining encounters.
Pirates secured an important one-point victory over Pretoria Harlequins 23-22 at Greenside. Pirates needed redemption after they finished fifth in the Pirates Grand Challenge last season and suffered some humiliating defeats this year, including a 64-5 lashing from UJ. NWU-Vaal received a 38-24 hiding from the Oostelikes Eagles.
The match could have gone either way, but the Eagles made sure that they don’t play their next fixture against Wits University this weekend under self-inflicted pressure.
The second round of the competition continues on Saturday – the winners of each group going on to face each other in the semifinals on August 10.