After starting with defeats against NWU-Pukke and Free State, UJ hit back to record their first win of the season as they gave an improved performance.
Flyhalf Divan Nel was named the Player That Rocks after kicking six penalties to give his team a narrow 18-17 win.
Coach Werner Janse van Rensburg was delighted with the team’s effort as this was UJ’s first victory over Tuks in the Varsity Cup since 2010.
He said the players showed plenty of character after coming under pressure early in the competition.
“After losing the first two games and they had received much criticism. Overcoming this, along with the home crowd support, was very satisfying to see.”
Despite Tuks’ recent dominance, Janse van Rensburg said they knew if they could build some momentum, they would be in with a chance.
“Our defence, the urgency shown by the players to contribute throughout the game and the protection of the ball were important factors in achieving the win.”
He said it was difficult to single out any players on the night because everyone had shown a positive attitude.
The UJ mentor has called for better discipline in their remaining matches.
“Our penalty count is way too high and it will be difficult to get results if we continue to pick up yellow cards.
Although UJ have gained some momentum, Janse van Rensburg said it would mean nothing if they failed to keep their focus.
“We have to be very careful of complacency when we face CUT in Bloemfontein on Monday,” he said.
“At home they are a different beast and we will have to realise the importance of continuing to improve.
“We have now seen that on any given Monday any team can win.”