Impi need big win against fort hare to avoid wooden spoon

2012-03-19 00:00

IN their second-last match of the 2012 Varsity Shield competition, the University of KZN Impi tackle University of Fort Hare at 7 pm tonight at the Peter Booysen Sports Park off Golf Road.

UKZN’s final match is against University of Western Cape at the same time and place next Monday and the side are hoping for plenty of hometown support in these vital battles.

Although bottom of the five-team log, UKZN still have a mathematical chance of avoiding the wooden spoon and the threat of a relegation match later this year. UKZN are on one point while Fort Hare have 11. If UKZN get maximum points against Fort Hare and Western Cape, and Fort Hare earn no points against UKZN and none against log-leaders the Central University of Technology at home the following Monday, final log positions will go down to points difference.

At this stage Fort Hare have a superior points difference of 78, so UKZN will need substantial wins against Fort Hare and Western Cape, and will be hoping that Fort Hare get well and truly hammered by visitors CUT next Monday.

Coming off their narrow defeat away to second-placed Wits University last week, UKZN head coach Beans Bateman said the biggest challenge going into tonight’s match lay in remaining positive despite the six losses from six starts.

“We are a better side than last year and yet we have no wins to show for it,” said Bateman.

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