Impi ‘stick to the game plan’ and score nine tries against Duikers

2014-01-21 00:00

THE University of KwaZulu-Natal Impi had a useful match against an invitation team organised by the KZN Duikers at Durban Varsity on Saturday, running in nine tries to win 54-0 after leading 24-0 at half-time.

“We were more organised and kept our shape, although we struggled a bit against their bigger forwards in the scrums,” Impi chairperson Mark Schulze told The Witness.

Schulze said the Impi retained possession well and recycled the ball effectively.

“In the backline, our structure was good. The boys played to the game plan. When there was cause to take the ball wide, they went wide, when the call was made to keep it close, they kept it close.”

The former UKZN scrumhalf added that loose forward Sanele Malwane deserved special mention.

“Sanele played in the Maritzburg Varsity second team last year, but he has put his hand up at numerous rounds of trials and practice matches.”

Meanwhile, John Mitchell, the head of rugby at UKZN, who is also the Impi head coach, has announced his captain for the UKZN Impi’s forthcoming Varsity Shield campaign. Sports Science student Lwazi Ngcungama, a product of Port Shepstone High School, will lead the Impi in 2014. He will become the first black South African to captain UKZN in a competitive league.

Ngcungama will be assisted by two vice-captains: last year’s Griquas number eight Deon Carney and Sharks U21 centre Gareth Meikle, a product of Lomagundi College in Zimbabwe, who has previously captained the Zimbabwe Schools’ team.

The Impi will have a practice session against Rovers, the KZN representatives in the forthcoming Saru Community Cup, tonight in Durban.

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