Impi fight hard for victory over Collegians

2013-06-04 00:00

THE University of KZN Impi made it a double over arch-rivals Maritzburg Collegians with a 31-22 victory after trailing 7-6 at half-time in the Fidelity Security Moor Cup Premier Division match at Peter Booysen Sports Park over the weekend.

The Impi also won the first-round match on Collegians’ home turf at Woodburn early in the season, yet at half-time victory was anything but assured for the students as the men in red, black and white pressured the home team into mistake after mistake.

“The first half we were completely flat,” said Impi head coach Shawn van Rensburg. “I take my hat off to Collegians, they came at us hard and had me very worried at times. They utilised the slippery, wet conditions brilliantly and their kick-and-chase put us under a lot of pressure.”

Collegians head coach Rinier Bosman had reason to be pleased at the half-time break. “We trained hard during the week and everything we practised worked for us, but in the second half we were desperately unlucky with two bad bounces of the ball between the wing and the fullback and they scored two tries from that.”

Winless Collegians had again let their hard-fought advantage slip away and Bosman said it was a concern. “We have got to learn to play more intelligent rugby when we are ahead in order to preserve that lead, but having said that, the team has improved massively since the first round.”

Collegians flanker Warren Dixon’s charge-down of an Impi clearance kick was the lone try in the first half, but once the teams had changed over the technical deficiencies were ironed out to a degree and there were some very exciting touchdowns at both ends.

Collegians loosehead Josh Caruth and captain and pivot Tiaan Moore crossed the whitewash while flying Impi winger Fox Masikane (a brace) and captain and eighthman Andre Greyvenstein also got on the scoresheet for the match try-count to be shared at three apiece.

“The second half we played a lot better, stuck to our structure more, but there were still lapses that allowed Collegians to get points,” said Van Rensburg.

Impi flyhalf Carl Meyer and Collegians pivot Moore kicked the rest of the points.


Prem Div: College Rovers 40 Crusaders 15; Durban Collegians vs Zululand Rhinos (postponed); Varsity College 40 Harlequins 19; UKZN Impi 31 PMB Collegians 22. Reserves: College Rovers 94 Crusaders 12; DBN Collegians vs Zululand Rhinos (postponed); Varsity College 107 Harlequins 8; UKZN Impi 33 PMB Collegians 22. U20A Div (Basil Medway KO Cup): DBN Collegians 34 Harlequins 27;

College Rovers 0 Varsity College 16.

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