Impi pull off a stunning win against the Vikings

2014-02-25 00:00

THE UKZN Impi were too much for the TUT Vikings to handle in their Varsity Shield clash at the Peter Booysen Sports Park yesterday.

The Impi seemed to do well in the wet conditions, as by half time they had already crossed the Vikings’ try line on three occasions.

John Mitchell’s forwards looked well drilled in the first half as they were unmatched in the tight loose. Their first two tries, scored by tighthead Stefan van Schalkwyk, were created after phases of patient play from the forwards.

The Impi did well to get more points considering that it was difficult to hold on to the ball during play. Flanker Zwela Zondi crossed the try line for the third try, which all but sealed the game for the home team.

In the second half, the Impi were again quickest out of the blocks when they scored minutes within from the restart.

After Vikings fullback Gaybrin Smith had spilled the ball from a pass from winger Brian Gullen, a kick through by the Impi resulted in their fourth try by winger Shayne Makombe, which secured the bonus point win for John Mitchell’s side.

The Vikings managed to pull a try back after a run by their flanker Pieter Matthews, but it did little to stop the Impi, who carried on looking for another try.

The game ended in a 32-8 win for Mitchell’s boys, and he was impressed with the result in the conditions, considering there was talk of the game being called off.

“It was important to keep sticking to what we do good. We got some belief a couple of weeks ago. The forwards were also in great form and we deserved to win,” Mitchell told The Witness following the game.

The Impi lost their flyhalf Brandon Cope — who was wearing the pink shorts — early on in the first half, something Mitchell was not happy about.

Asked if losing Cope had slowed down their momentum, the former All Blacks coach said, “It was a cheap shot, so we’ll look at that and decide if we have to cite it. He got hit off the ball well after he kicked. It happens in rugby, but unfortunately he’s a good player as well. Let’s just hope the bruising is not too bad.”

The Impi have climbed to second place on the Varsity Shield log, and travel down to Alice in the Eastern Cape next week to play against the University of Fort Hare.


UKZN Impi: Tries: Stefan van Schalkwyk 2, Zwela Zondi, Shayne Makombe. Consversions: Brandon Cope, Cameron White 3

TUT Vikings: Try: Pieter Matthews. Conversion: Morne Hugo.

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