Impi’s elaborate game punished

2012-02-15 00:00

THE University of KZN Impi played the brand of rugby they intended to play, but were punished severely for their mistakes in going down 61-10 to the University of Western Cape after trailing 37-5 at half-time in Bellville on Monday night.

“Perhaps we are over-elaborating and teams like UWC, who are very good on the counter-attack will take advantage of a dropped pass or turnover,” Varsity head coach Beans Bateman told The Witness yesterday.

The players’ confidence drops and with five points for a try and three for a conversion in this competition, the score mounts at an alarming rate. Trying to keep in touch with penalty goals and drop goals isn’t much use either, because with just two points for a drop or penalty, it needs five to get into the lead if your opponent has scored just one converted try.

The strong wind at UWC’s backs was probably worth a couple of tries in the first half.

Varsity tried to keep ball in hand, but an error saw UWC kick into the corner, keep play there and eventually convert that territorial advantage into points.

Bateman said that despite the lower points deficit in the previous loss to Fort Hare in Alice, the UKZN Varsity structure and application were poorer there than on Monday night in Bellville.

“The problem is, when you fall behind you are forced into playing catch-up and that can expose and punish mistakes to an even greater extent,” he said.

When the opposition is chasing the game when they are more than 30 points behind, it makes life a lot easier for the team in front.

“Still, the team spirit is good, we’ve just got to keep plugging away and get a result or two,” Bateman added.

UKZN Impi still have three home games left and the first is against traditional rivals from the Highveld, Wits University, the match taking place at the Peter Booysen Sports Park off Golf Road at 7 pm on Monday.

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