Impi lose in the wet conditions

2013-02-05 00:00

A BATTLE with a slippery ball, and three matches in eight days were some of the reasons why the UKZN Impi went down to a hungry Central University of Technology (CUT) in the Varsity Shield match at Peter Booysen Sports park on the Pietermaritzburg campus last night.

It was a bitter disappointment for the Impi who have done so well this season having won their opening two games and hoping to top it with a hat-trick of wins against CUT.

But the victories over University of Fort Hare Blues and Tshwane University of Technology Vikings were not to be repeated.

Impi captain and number eight Andre Greyvenstein said afterwards that the rainy weather, muddy field and big storm before the match did not help his side.

“But credit to them, they were hungry and really wanted it, were better in their physicality and really stepped up to the plate. They really wanted it, it was hard and really tough out there and they deserved to win,” he said.

Impi wing Jaco Potgieter got his side in the lead early on, but a try from CUT skipper Inus Kritzinger meant that the visitors went into the break ahead.

The second half started with a CUT penalty early in the half from flyhalf Noel Marx. UKZN then prospered from sustained pressure when scrumhalf Zander Engelbrecht went over for their first try to give the home side a 12-10 lead after Potgieter, once again, converted with 25 minutes to play.

CUT hit back deep into the second-half with a try through reserve loose forward Christoff Swanepoel, which was converted by winger Meyer Van Tonder to take the Bloemfontein lads into the lead with just eight minutes to play.

A penalty try was awarded to CUT right at the death and they went into a 26-12 lead with only two minutes left in the game.

The visitors take home four very valuable points.

Next Monday the Impi travel to play the University of Western Cape in Bellville.

POINTS SCORERS

For FNB UKZN:

Try: Zander Engelbrecht

Con: Jaco Potgieter

Pens: Jaco Potgieter 2

For FNB CUT:

Tries: Inus Kritzinger, Christoff Swanepoel. Penalty Try

Cons: Noel Marx, Meyer Van Tonder 2

Pen: Noel Marx

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