UKZN Impi demolish TUT Vikings 67-5

2015-02-10 00:00

A FIERY first-half display from UKZN Impi laid the platform for a 67-5 ­demolition job over visitors TUT Vikings at the Pieter Booysen Stadium in ­Pietermaritzburg last night.

A hat-trick of tries from outside centre Marcel Coetzee would have sufficed, but the Impi ended up running in nine tries to blow away the visitors from Pretoria.

Impi wasted no time in sniffing out the try line. Just a couple of minutes after the kickoff, flyhalf Innocent Radebe put in a nifty chip that was gathered by fullback Spa Dube, who opened the scoring with Radebe converting to make it 8-0.

After receiving the kickoff, the Impi scored again through Coetzee, who sliced through the TUT backline off the set-piece to claim his first of the night, while Radebe couldn’t convert.

Receiving the restart, Coetzee streaked a good 60 metres down the touch line before passing to eighthman Adam Wessels who was too strong for TUT’s fullback, taking the score to 18-0.

TUT came back into the game and were camped on the UKZN line, but some stern defence held them out. After relieving the pressure, the hosts went on the attack again. Their fourth try came from a nifty box kick, which was gathered by Zimbabwean-born wing Shane Makombe who went over in the corner. Another missed conversion made it 23-0.

Impi maintained their strangled hold and soon sniffed out their fifth try through prop Njabulo Mkhize, who barged his way over after Impi’s lineout drive was sacked on the line. Radebe ­converted — 31-0.

But TUT came back just before the break and scored their only try of the night after some good phase play. Wing Tovhowani Nefale crossed over in the corner to make 31-5 at the break.

Impi wasted little time getting back on attack after half time and struck soon after the kickoff.

UKZN pushed into TUT’s half and worked phases on their try line before a wide pass to Radebe saw the flyhalf go over unmarked for an easy try. He ­converted to widen the gap to 39-5.

Not long after that, inside centre Rico Lategan made a clean linebreak before offloading to Coetzee, who scored his second try which was not converted.

The pace of the game slowed ­somewhat for the next 15 minutes, but Impi maintained their dominance and looked good on attack. A couple of handling errors in the damp conditions saw a couple of good chances go begging.

Even down to 14 men with Johan du Toit (Springbok Pieter-Steph du Toit’s younger brother) copping a yellow, Impi did not concede any points while play moved around the field.

Coetzee then crashed over for his ­hat-trick after some good attacking play from the Impi. Dube converted. He was called into action again after captain Lwazi Ngcungama scored off a quick tap, making it 59-5.

Impi put the final nail in the coffin via Makombe, who scored his second try of the match five minutes before the final whistle, leaving the full time score ­reading 67-5.

Scorers: Impi 67 (31) Tries: Coetzee (3), Makombe (2), Ngcungama, Radebe, Dube, Mkhize. Conversions: Radebe (3) Dube (3). TUT Vikings 5 Tries: Nefale

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