Morale-boosting Impi win, Rovers topple Toti

2014-05-13 00:00

THE University of KZN Impi registered their first win of the 2014 Fidelity Security Moor Cup Premier Division campaign when they beat Zululand Rhinos 53-24 in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday.

It was a great first half for Impi as they led 41-0 at the turnaround but matters changed considerably in the second period as Rhinos outscored the campus side 24-12.

Victory in this battle-of-the-basement clash was set up with a controlled first-half display that bore the hallmarks of discipline, structure and good option-taking.

Penetrative pick-and-drive, great individual skills at times, exemplified by stocky right wing Ranga Zembe’s outstanding solo try — a perfect kick-and-chase with very little room in which to manoeuvre — and the necessary attention to detail saw the campus lads run in five first-half tries.

Impi number eight Andre Greyvenstein led from the front, flyhalf Matt Torrance impressed with his accurate boot and the rest of the home team’s touchdowns came from lock Dumi Dludla, scrumhalf Nelson Makhaye, winger Warwick Dukes, hooker Mikyle Webster, flank Lwazi Ngcungama and second centre Brandon Bailing. Substitute flyhalf Spa Dube ‎added a conversion.

At Woodburn, Maritzburg were well beaten by Durban in the Collegians derby to the tune of 62-8 after the score was 26-8 at half time.

“My players deserve a pat on the back,” Durban Collegians coach Robin Swanepoel told The Witness yesterday. “We were a lot more clinical, structures were definitely present again. We can still improve in a number of areas but it was nice to see some intensity.”

Standout players were TC Khoza in the forwards and Andrew Holland in the backs. Sadly, Duecullen van der Merwe had his leg broken in a freakish manner. “We will certainly miss the impact he has made on our side this year,” said Swanepoel.

Durban Collegians’ try-scorers were Dougie Warden (2), Brendon Groenewald (2), Ryno Rust, Ferdi Horn, Tom Brown, Duncan Campbell and Dylan Marcus, while Calvin Sacks and Campbell kicked the rest of the points. PMB Collegians scored a try through winger Khums Molefe while flyhalf Brendan Gray added a penalty.

At a crowded Hutchison Park in Amanzimtoti, champions College Rovers broke league newcomers Toti’s winning run with a 40-24 victory. The score was deadlocked 17-17 at half time.

Rovers’ points came from tries by flyhalf Jeandre Small (2), centres Matt Phillips (2) and Kobus Lourens, and wing Jongi Nokwe. Small added a conversion and two penalties with fullback Jors Dannhauser also slotting a two-pointer.

Durban Collegians now top the log with 19 points while Rovers (16) are second and Toti (15) third.


Fidelity Security Premier Division: UKZN Impi 53 Zululand Rhinos 24; PMB Collegians 8 Durban Collegians 62; Amanzimtoti 24 College Rovers 40; Varsity College 28 Crusaders 3. First Division South: Harlequins 35 Hillcrest 12; Jaguars 73 Ballito 5; South Coast Warriors 9 Richards Bay 5; Westville 28 UKZN Durban 14. U20A Division: Crusaders 43 UKZN Durban 23; SC Warriors 6 Dbn Collegians 15; Varsity College 19 Rovers 10.

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