Varsity Cup: victory slips through UKZN Impi’s grasp

2011-02-09 00:00

IT was a hard-fought battle at the Peter Booysen Sports Park on a rainy Monday night in Pietermaritzburg as the UKZN Impi took on the Wits Kudus in their first home game in the FNB Varsity Shield presented by Steinhoff.

The UKZN Impi came out with guns blazing and were quickly rewarded with a penalty in the second minute. It was easily converted by fullback Kirsten Jones.

The home side continued to play attacking rugby and by the first strategy break were 9-0 up courtesy of two more Jones penalties.

Wits drew last blood in the first half to go into the halftime break 9-3 after outside centre Branden Lizamore kicked a penalty over to put the first points on the board for the Kudus.

The crowd’s spirits lifted in the second half when the rain stopped, and so too did those of the Kudus as they scored an unconverted try in the 16th minute to take them within one point of the home team at 9-8.

Replacement fullback for the UKZN Impi, Jaco Potgieter, made it 12-8 just after the strategy break with a spectacular long-range penalty after being on the field for only a minute.

This gave the Impi fans hope for their first win in the competition.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be for the home side as the Wits side scored two great tries towards the end of the second half by winger Gamede Nkuli to secure a 22-12 victory, their third in the competition.

Wits inside centre Rudolf Prinsloo claimed the “Player that Rocks” award for his outstanding defence in the midfield.

The UKZN Impi will be looking to improve on their last two performan­ces, which have both been disappointing losses for the side.

Meanwhile Wits has secured top spot on the log.

The Impis are at home to University of Fort Hare on Monday.

 

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