Impi under pressure to deliver after defeats

2014-02-17 00:00

WITH both sides coming off consecutive losses, today’s 7 pm Varsity Shield clash between University of Western Cape and UKZN Impi in Bell­ville is a must-win.

Central University of Technology (CUT) cut UWC apart last week in a four-try 30-8 victory, while Impi have lost their two matches by one and five points. Having played one more match, a win first-up means UWC are on six points and third in the log while Impi have two points and are fifth.

Impi coach John Mitchell told The Witness that training has gone well. “The effort has been very good, it has allowed us to identify who falls short physically and is not able to adapt. Our trainers have done a superb job. We have been conditioning and had a handling-and-carry technical focus with game consequences for repeat error, while there has been player-specific feedback for self-improvement.”

Mitchell said the generous Truda Snacks sponsorship from former Varsity lock and die-hard supporter Colin van Heerden has been timeous.

“We are very fortunate in our situation and the current economic climate to have Truda Snacks’ sponsorship.

“Colin’s passion for his employees, region, community, rugby club and UKZN Impi is very authentic and the compassion he shows everyone is a huge strength that is admired. He reflects our Impi team values of trust, caring, belonging and bravery.”

And “Mitch” has not lost his trademark sense of humour despite the two losses. “I was very impressed by Colin’s coaching and management skills with the Numzans [Varsity Old Boys] at the Cape Town 10s and at [Impi chairperson] Mark Schulze’s scrummie-dive passing technique, so not often seen these days.”

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