Impi stuck to the structures, says coach

2015-02-11 00:00

WHAT was expected to be a tight ­affair ended up being the complete opposite as UKZN Impi smashed TUT Vikings 68-5 in Pietermaritzburg on Monday night.

A first-half blitz stunned the visitors and they were never able to recover. More was expected from the Vikings, who looked completely shell-shocked after the Impi’s strong start.

UKZN head coach Ryan Strudwick was pleased with his side’s ­performance and highlighted the lift in urgency from last week’s game against UWC, which was marred by too many errors.

“We are extremely happy with the result; we didn’t think it would be that easy. Scoring three tries in the first five minutes just blew them away,” Strudwick told The Witness ­yesterday.

“Our intensity was great for the first 20 minutes and we let it slip a little bit for the rest of the game. But you can’t complain after a ­performance like that.”

The Impi came out all guns blazing, scoring four tries to secure a bonus point before they even stopped for a breather at the 20-minute strategy break. While TUT were poor on ­defence, the Impi made the most of their attacking chances.

“We stuck to our structures very well and having Ryan Gouws in at scrumhalf helped a lot. His service to Innocent Radebe sped up play,” ­Strudwick said.

The hosts were bolstered by some strong runs by centres Rico Lategan and Marcel Coetzee, the latter scoring a hat-trick of tries in the game.

“Our centres really played well, they both had a couple of linebreaks and it was great to see Marcel get a hat-trick — it doesn’t happen every day.”

The one area of concern was the amount of penalties the Impi ­conceded. Playing two open side flanks in Sanele Malwane and captain Lwazi Ngcungama meant the hosts were always going to be pushing the envelope at the breakdown.

“Our discipline cost us in terms of general individuals forcing it. We need to cut those penalties out, against a good side we can’t be giving away 15 to 20 and that’s where we are at the moment.”

On the injury front, eighthman ­Adam Wessels is nursing a knock to his calf, while Gouws hurt a recurring rib injury. Strudwick is still waiting on promising centre Marius Louw, who suffered a fractured cheekbone in last week’s 16-5 win over UWC. He will be out for two to three weeks.

UKZN Impi have another home game next Monday. They host Wits at the Pieter Booysen Stadium in Pietermaritzburg. Kickoff is at 6.30 pm.

Monday night’s results

UKZN Impi 68-5 TUT Vikings

Fort Hare 24-39 Wits

Varsity Shield log


UKZN 2 2 0 0 74 1 9

Wits 1 1 0 0 15 1 5

TUT 2 1 0 1 -58 0 4

UFH 2 0 0 2 -20 1 1

UWC 1 0 0 1 -11 0 0

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