It came down to the wire in Potchefstroom when Maties beat Tuks 7-5 in the first semi-final on Monday 13 May.
Tuks managed to hold off Kovsies and win 7-6 on day two of the Varsity Hockey bumper weekend in Potchefstroom.
Tuks won their first game of the Varsity Hockey weekend when they beat NWU 3-0 at the UCT Astro in Cape Town.
The power duo of Kristen Paton and Jivanka Kruger for UJ set a steady platform to beat Tuks 4-3 on Saturday evening at the UCT astro.
UCT came from behind to defeat defending champions Tuks in the final match of day three in Cape Town on Sunday evening.
It was revenge for Maties in a repeat of the 2017 final as the Maroon Machine beat Tuks 2-0 on Friday afternoon in Cape Town.
Four days of 2018 Premier Hockey League action has seen the Italtile Orange River Rafters establish a handy 3-point advantage at the top of the league, becoming the first team to qualify for the tournament semi-finals on the back of a 100% win rate in five matches