Impi hand out tough justice for Collegians

2013-04-09 00:00

THE University of KwaZulu-Natal Impi beat Maritzburg Collegians 32-24 after leading 17-10 at half-time in the KZN Premier Division club rugby match at Woodburn Stadium on Saturday.

“It’s always good to win the Maritzburg derby, but with the amount of games we have played we didn’t play to our full potential,” Impi number eight and captain Andre Greyvenstein told The Witness yesterday.

Indeed, the Impi had eight Varsity Shield matches under their belts, winning four, while Collegians have had a very low-key start to the season as far as game time is concerned and many felt the students would win comfortably by 20-odd points.

Collegians’ performance deserved at least one log point. One more try would have earned them a bonus point, while one more point in the match would have earned them another bonus point for finishing within seven points. Instead the red, black and white came away without a log point to their name — rough justice, but there was much to give the team heart.

That said, the Impi never lost their lead and were deserving of the five log points — they scored four tries — for which they were forced to work very hard.

Inside centre Carl Meyer, outside centre Gareth Meikle, right wing Hendrik Lategan and fullback Brandon Bailed scored the Impi’s tries — and there was enough evidence to suggest that the students have an exciting backline that is allied to a competitive pack of forwards. Meyer’s five successful goal-kicks indicate another useful weapon in the Impi armoury.

Collegians flyhalf Tiaan Moore and scrumhalf Calvin Channing are a useful halfback combination while there is a willingness on the part of the backline to take the ball wide. Up front, combative lock forward Jean Vosloo and his pack gave an early indication that they will stand back for no one.

In U20 action, UKZN Pietermaritzburg withstood a determined UKZN Durban to win 17-15 after being 10-0 down in the opening phases.

In KZN Premier Division action this weekend, it has not yet been confirmed whether the Impi’s home match against Wentworth Harlequins will be played on Friday or Saturday — it’s a match the students must win — while Collegians will again be the underdogs when they meet Varsity College in Durban.

SCORERS

KZN Premier Division

UKZN Impi (17) 32 Tries: Carl Meyer, Gareth Meikle, Hendrik Lategan, Brandon Bailey. Conversions: Meyer (3). Penalties: Meyer (2).

PMB Collegians (10) 24 Tries: Tiaan Moore, Calvin Channing, Wade Schoeman. Conversions: Moore (3). Penalty: Moore.

RESULTS

KZN Premier Division: PMB Collegians 24 UKZN Impi 32; Harlequins 20 Varsity College 52; Crusaders 27 College Rovers 38; Zululand Rhinos 3 Durban Collegians 27. Second teams: PMB Collegians 10 UKZN Impi 32; Quins 0 Varsity College 0; Crusaders 0 Rovers 72; Zululand 8 Durban Collegians 8. KZN 1st Div South: Hillcrest 5 Ballito Dolphins 13; Richards Bay 24 Amanzimtoti 23. KZN U20A Div: Crusaders 28 Rovers 32; Varsity College 60 Quins 0; Dbn Collegians 52 Jaguars 34; PMB Varsity 17 Dbn Varsity 15.

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