UKZN Impi set to lower UWC colours

2011-02-28 00:00

AFTER their thrilling 39-38 win over Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein last week, UKZN Impi will be looking for a repeat performance and third successive victory when they take on University of Western Cape at Peter Booysen Sports Park off Golf Road in Pietermaritzburg tonight.

Come the 7 pm kick-off, the Impi will be counting on the support of their fans to spur them to a hat-trick of wins, the sequence starting a fortnight ago when they beat University of Fort Hare Blues 22-16 in PMB.

And in both these wins it has been full-back/wing Jaco Potgieter who has won the Player That Rocks award, which goes to the man of the match and hands the recipient the honour of wearing pink shorts for the following encounter. Yet the brace of victories have been built around a solid team effort and thirst for success that has seen stirring performances by the loose forwards, tight five and backline.

Potgieter’s boot has been a trump card in both matches and he will be looking to put the boot into UWC in the same manner, especially after the men from the Cape beat UKZN 33-9 in their opening Varsity Shield encounter a few weeks ago. UWC have lost three in a row since and are desperate for victory.

“UWC have a strong midfield, good, running backs and forwards that include a loose trio who love to attack the advantage line,” Impi head coach Beans Bateman told The Witness yesterday.

“They play very positive rugby so it should be an exciting game.”

Bateman said the Impi were close to full strength with flank Leon Stevens, a star in the nailbiting defeat of CUT, having recovered fully from a worrying niggle, but eighthman Kyle Ross is still out as a precaution following the knocks he has suffered.

FIXTURES

Varsity Shield (7 pm): UKZN Impi vs UWC; Wits vs UFH.

Varsity Cup (7 pm unless stated): UCT vs TUT (5 pm); Shimlas vs Tuks; UJ vs Pukke; Maties vs NMMU.

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