Varsity Cup dream still within Impi’s grasp as they face Ixias

2014-03-20 00:00

THE University of KwaZulu-Natal Impi will have to beat the table-topping Central University of Technology Ixias in the Varsity Shield in Pietermaritzburg on Monday to qualify for the final against the same opposition.

The Ixias have lost just one game — against the University of Fort Hare — in the Varsity Shield this year, and will not be caught in the race to finish in first place.

The Impi, who lost to the Ixias in their first game of the season, still have the biggest prize within their grasp, which is qualification into next year’s Varsity Cup.

The Impi will be confident ahead of their match against the Ixias having beaten the Tshwane University of Technology Vikings by a massive score of 55-24 on Monday.

“It was an emphatic result for us. Scoring 55 points against anyone is always great,” Nic Haswell, the club administrator for the Impi told The Witness yesterday.

“It was an awesome team performance. We played well and scored a lot of tries, and that gives us confidence ahead of Monday’s game against CUT in Pietermaritzburg,” said Haswell.

He described the Ixias side, beaten just once, as phenomenal, and said that although Monday’s encounter was a dead rubber game for the team from the Free State, they would still come out with guns blazing as they haven’t played in almost two weeks.

“For us, it’s all to play for, so there should be some good rugby,” said the administrators.

Haswell added that the UKZN team had also set up an U20 side that will play in a curtain raiser to the main encounter, and they will face the Young Guns from CUT.

Should the Impi go down to the Ixias, they could still qualify for the final if the University of Fort Hare Blues fail to beat the bottom of the table Vikings.

If the Impi can secure three or more log points on Monday, they will be guaranteed a place in the final. A straight forward win will see them through, while a draw with a bonus point will also be enough.

If they can only manage two points from the game, and the Blues get five, they will both be on 23 points, and it will come down to points difference.

Although the Blues are on -7 points, they are expected to power their way through TUT.

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