In the match of the day, UP Tuks overcame an early Maties goal to race into a 3-1 lead at half-time before the University of Stellenbosch lads clawed their way back to 3-3 in an outstanding third quarter, only for the men from Pretoria to nail down a brace in the closing minutes of this thriller to run out 5-3 victors.

In other men’s A Section action, the Madibaz of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University beat University of Free State’s Kovsies 4-1, University of Cape Town’s Ikeys drew 3-3 with Wits University, and University of Johannesburg (UJ) underlined their quest for a fourth consecutive national student title with a 6-1 win over hosts University of KZN.

In women’s A Section hockey, North West University’s Potchefstroom ladies (Pukke) upstaged Kovsies 2-1; while Madibaz beat Ikeys 2-0, Tuks outplayed Varsity College 9-0 and UJ edged defending champs Maties 2-1.

A massive match at the AB Jackson Greenfields Turf Tuesday sees Maties men desperate to stay in the hunt when they tackle UJ at 10am while another key clash sees UKZN men, on home turf, take on Tuks at 3.40pm. Arguably the most enticing women’s clash Tuesday is between Maties and Tuks, in the 5.20pm late game at UKZN.

Meanwhile, another 29 university teams are taking part in the men’s and women’s B and C Sections. Their matches take place at the AB Jackson, Maritzburg College and Epworth hockey turfs.

The A Section women’s final is at 4.20pm Friday at UKZN with the men’s final at 6.10pm.

Men: Madibaz 4 Kovsies 1; Ikeys 3 Wits 3; Tuks 5 Maties 3; UJ 6 UKZN 1
Women: Pukke 2 Kovsies 1; Madibaz 2 Ikeys 0; Tuks 9 Varsity College 0; UJ 2 Maties 1
Men – at UKZN: Madibaz vs Ikeys (9am); UKZN vs Tuks (3.40pm)
Men – at AB Jackson: UJ vs Maties (10am); Kovsies vs Wits (11.30am)
Women - at UKZN: UJ vs Varsity College (10.40am); Pukke vs Madibaz (12.20pm); Kovsies vs Ikeys (2pm); Maties vs Tuks (5.20pm)