Defeat leaves UKZN Impi in last place

2011-03-23 00:00

THERE was no hiding the disappointment of the University of KwaZulu-Natal Impi after they let a 16-8 half-time lead slip to a 28-22 defeat by University of Fort Hare in the Varsity Shield match at Alice in the Eastern Cape on Monday night.

“Fort Hare fought back after a good passage of play to lead 18-16 and from there the lead changed hands a number of times,” Impi head coach Beans Bateman told The Witness yesterday.

“The Impi went ahead 22-21 with two minutes left,” said Bateman.

“But from the kick-off we had a clearance kick charged down and they scored a try and converted. From the re-start we gathered the ball and attacked but were unable to score.

“Obviously we are disappointed that we could not pull it off.”

Fullback Jaco Potgieter scored all the Impi’s points.

The defeat sees the formerly last-placed Fort Hare leapfrog the Impi on the log table.

This makes the Impi’s last match against Varsity Shield finalists Central University of Technology of Bloemfontein even more important.

The Peter Booysen Sports Park off Golf Road will be the venue on Monday, with the kick-off at 7 pm.

In the other result, top-ranked Wits won 26-22 against second-placed CUT, who have a game in hand.

Meanwhile, University of Johannesburg’s 39-19 defeat of Maties knocked the defending champs out of a semi-final berth.

In other results, Shimlas beat hosts Nelson Mandela Metro 17-13, Pukke thrashed Tshwane University of Technology 48-0 and UCT shaded Tuks 19-16.

In KZN First Division action, PMB Collegians scored five tries to two in beating hosts the Ballito Dolphins 34-10.

PMB Collegians and PMB Elephants meet this Saturday at Woodburn and in an effort to raise funds to help with the cost of running Woodburn, Husqvarna has donated a brush cutter, which will be a lucky draw prize.

Entrance tickets cost R10 per person.

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