UP-Tuks ended UWC’s hopes of making the Varsity Football play-offs by beating them 1-0 in Pretoria.
It was a clinical performance from the home side who made it three consecutive victories, whilst it was a frustrating outing for the Cape side who will play their last game of the season against local rivals UCT next week.
Tuks made a storming start to the game with Sphelele Khuzwayo getting on the end of a corner to open the scoring in the first minute.
Both teams enjoyed good opportunities but battled to hit the target with Robin van Rensburg pushing a shot wide for UWC and Jarryd van den Berg blasting over the bar for Tuks.
Tuks took the game to the visitors in a bid to double their lead and a Kenneth Matlala free kick was headed over the bar by Mosa Sesele before Charles Gulwako made a good run and had his shot blocked.
UWC found some attacking rhythm of their own, with Curtley Beukes testing Tuks goalkeeper Tristyn Coetsee with a few stinging shots, but Tuks took their 1-0 lead into half-time.
The second half was a tense affair, with UWC searching desperately for an equaliser and Tuks holding on to their narrow lead.
Both teams had opportunities, with Mbongeni Masilela and Gulwako coming close for Tuks and Beukes making a nuisance of himself, but neither side was able to find the finishing touch and the hosts held on to bag the three points and secure a semifinal spot.
FNB man of the match: Sphelele Khuzwayo
For UP-Tuks: Sphelele Khuzwayo
UP-Tuks: 26 Tristyn Coetsee, 6 Kabelo Ramongane, 12 Kenneth Matlala, 9 Mbongeni Masilela, 5 Lawrence Ntswane, 3 Claudio Barreiro, 13 Sphelele Khuzwayo, 15 Jarryd van den Berg, 10 Moeketsi Modiba, 22 Dean Wilkinson, 4 Mosa Sesele.
Reserves: 23 John-Ross Kganane, 14 Keegan Boulle, 16 Sipho Masemola, 1 Nicholas Stothard, 11 Richard Moremi, 18 Nicholas Killas, 8 Nii-Ordartey Mills, 19 Charles Gulwako, 7 Luke Steyl.
UWC: 1 Basikelele Mdletye, 2 Vincent Sobekwa, 5 Cleo Pokpas, 4 Robbin Swartz, 23 Robin van Rensburg, 18 Lulama Lolwana, 8 Thando Ziwele, 14 Akhona Bonga, 20 Lungelo Nokele, 9 Curtley Buekes, 11 Oupa Sawukazi.
Reserves: 16 Mthobeli Lithiko, 10 Tapelo Sixishe, 7 Sinovuyo Ranana, 15 Unathi Segodi, 25 Reon October, 6 Siseko Lapi, 17 Mfundo Majola.