Champs CUT sink UKZN Impi in Bloem

2012-03-07 00:00

A DIFFICULT second half proved the undoing of the UKZN Impi in Bloemfontein Monday night as they went down 42-4 to last year’s Varsity Shield rugby champs, Central University of Technology (CUT).

Head coach Beans Bateman said his lads worked extremely hard in an even first half, but UKZN trailed 10-4 at the break after conceding a fairly soft try. Within a minute of the re-start CUT scored a converted try after a UKZN mistake, which at 18-4 down simply increased the pressure on the visitors.

The innovative points-scoring system exclusive to the 2012 FNB Varsity Cup rugby competitions has turned goalkicking on its head. Conversions are now worth three points instead of the conventional two, and penalties and drop-goals count for only two points instead of the traditional three. Hypothetically, four penalties or four drop-goals which are traditionally worth 12 points, are now worth only eight, which will equal just one converted try in this event.

With UKZN playing against a fairly stiff breeze in the second half, which made territorial advantage difficult to gain, CUT played high-tempo rugby to increase the Pietermaritzburg team’s tackle count and the pressure led to four converted tries worth 32 points.

“Even though the team were beaten by a superior side on the night, the courage shown in staying committed to the final whistle was impressive,” said Bateman. “The forwards put in a strong performance and Gerrit Fourie was outstanding.”

 

Monday night results: Fort Hare 10 Wits 10; CUT 42 UKZN 4.

Varsity Shield log (played 6 unless stated): 1 Wits 20 points; 2 CUT 19 pts; 3 Western Cape (5) 16 pts; 4 Fort Hare 11 pts; 5 (5) UKZN 0 pts.

Remaining UKZN matches: Mar 12 vs Wits (away); Mar 19 vs Fort Hare (PMB); Mar 26 vs Western Cape (PMB).

UKZN results: UKZN 10 CUT 30; Fort Hare 36 UKZN 21; Western Cape 61 UKZN 10; UKZN 10 Wits 18; CUT 42 UKZN 4.

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