Impi make four changes ahead of Vikings clash tonight

2013-01-31 00:00

HARD times have befallen the TUT Vikings rugby team. After relegation from the Varsity Cup last year they were soundly beaten 42-4 by University of Western Cape in their opening Varsity Shield match in Bellville on Monday.

The Impi also had a tough time of it last year and managed to survive oblivion when they won their promotion/relegation match against UNW Vaal Triangle after finishing last in the Varsity Shield.

The comparison ended on Monday when the University of KZN lads, under outstanding captain Andre Greyvenstein, enjoyed a stirring 19-7 victory over University of Fort Hare Blues at Peter Booysen Sports Park in Pietermaritzburg.

The Tshwane side meet the UKZN boys at 7 pm on the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Stadium in Pretoria today and both will be desperate to win for different reasons.

The Impi will be going all out to maintain their winning momentum in this cut-throat competition and establish a consistency that was so lacking last season, where bursts of great play were plagued by too many examples of how to lose matches when they could have, and should have, been won.

The Vikings will know they have to stop the rot tonight, there’s no getting away from it, as the Impi will testify from last season’s experience of how two losses in a row can be devastating when there is so little time to recover between matches.

The Impi play Central University of Technology (CUT Bloemfontein) next Monday at 7 pm at Peter Booysen Sports Park and two wins on the trot will stand them in good stead ahead of what promises to be yet another bruising battle.

The Impi side made four changes: Jaco Potgieter comes into the starting line-up in place of Yandisa Mdolomba on the right wing, who reverts to the bench; Calvin Ngcungama slots in at blindside flank for Bobby Warnock; try-scoring hero Gerrit Fourie comes off the bench to take Ngcungama’s place at lock; and loosehead Luciando Santos replaces Leon Mulder, who takes his place on the bench.

Maritzburg Rugby Club, meanwhile, begin training at the Peter Booysen Sports Park at 6 pm today.

Practices will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays every week from 6 pm to 8 pm. Prospective players are welcomed to contact Shane el Breton at 082 828 4580.

UKZN Impi: 15 Jeandre Small, 14 Jaco Potgieter, 13 Hendrik Lategan, 12 Gareth Meikle, 11 Mondli Ntshingila, 10 Carl Meyer, 9 Zander Engelbrecht, 8 Andre Greyvenstein, 7 Calvin Ngcungama, 6 Njabulo Zondi, 5 Gerrit Fourie, 4 Corne Nieuwenhuizen, 3 Sizwe Khubeka, 2 Senzo Ngubane, 1 Luciando Santos. Replacements: 16 Richard Sakhile, 17 Leon Mulder, 18 Hendrik Groenewald, 19 Sanele Malwane, 20 Siyanda Madlala, 21 Ngcebo Phungula, 22 Yandisa Mdolomba, 23 Sanele Mweli.

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