Crusaders outplay Impi upfront

2013-04-30 00:00

THE University of KZN Impi were outplayed in the set-pieces and lost their first match of the KZN Premier Division season 16-11 against a dominant Northwood Crusaders in Durban North on Saturday.

The Impi led 8-6 at half-time, and although they had enough opportunities to win the match, the Crusaders’ scrums, lineouts and kick-offs were superior enough to lay the platform for a hard-fought victory.

A possible 14 points with the boot were lost by the Impi, flyhalf Carl Meyer putting three penalties and a conversion just wide or just under, while the students opted to kick for the corner rather than at goal with 12 minutes left.

Crusaders’ centre Wesley Dunlop, fresh from Tuks and the Varsity Cup, missed one penalty and kicked three, plus a conversion for a match-winning 11 points.

The Durban side could well have scored more than just the one try, but Impi inside centre Gareth Meikle made two big tackles and fullback Brandon Bailey one to stop those attacks in their tracks. The Impi eight also managed to halt a fantastic rolling maul that had try-time written all over it.

Crusaders had a heavy pack of forwards, suggesting that they might tire as the match wore on, but it was not to be.

The Impi’s loss of captain and number eight Andre Greyvenstein, who limped off six minutes before half-time, was a big blow. Crusaders were also hampered when influential lock forward Loumar Bruwer had to leave the field with an injury four minutes into the second half.

Their match-winning try came from last season’s dangerous Impi outside centre Willem Rheeder, who slashed through the midfield for a great touchdown against his former team-mates.

The Impi’s opportunistic left wing, Ngcebo Masikane, scored a fine individual try to give his side the half-time lead.

The defeat in Durban North meant that the Impi relinquished their position on top of the KZN Premier Division log, but win or lose it would have been the case anyway after defending champions College Rovers overwhelmed Maritzburg Collegians just a few kilometres away.

SCORERS

Northwood Crusaders (6) 16 Try: Willem Rheeder. Conversion: Wesley Dunlop. Penalties: Dunlop (3).

UKZN Impi (8) 11 Try: Ngcebo Masikane. Penalties: Carl Meyer (2).

RESULTS

KZN Premier Division: College Rovers 90 PMB Collegians 0; DBN Collegians 59 Wentworth Harlequins 6; Northwood Crusaders 16 UKZN Impi 11; Zululand Rhinos 10 Varsity College 63. Reserves: College Rovers 113 PMB Collegians 0; DBN Collegians 35 Wentworth Harlequins 3; Northwood Crusaders 19 UKZN Maritzburg 32; Zululand Rhinos 18 Varsity College 34. KZN First Division South: Ballito Dolphins 14 Amanzimtoti 21; Hillcrest 15 Jaguars 9; UKZN Durban 10 Richards Bay 13. Reserves: Ballito Dolphins 19 Amanzimtoti 12; Hillcrest 30 Jaguars 7; UKZN Durban 19 Richards Bay 7. KZN U20A Division: College Rovers 42 UKZN Durban 16; DBN Collegians 64 Wentworth Harlequins 3; Northwood Crusaders 65 UKZN Maritzburg 3; Jaguars 7 Varsity College 34.

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