UKZN Impi hope for good start to season

2014-01-27 00:00

THE University of KZN Impi will be looking for whatever points they can get out of their opening match of the 2014 Varsity Shield campaign against defending champs Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein today.

New UKZN Impi coach John Mitchell told the Varsity Cup website he wants his side to leave the past behind them as they start the new Varsity Shield season.

The KwaZulu-Natal outfit have battled to make an impression in their three years in the Varsity Shield, with their best finish coming last year when they ended third, but all of that means little to Mitchell, who is confident of being able to turn things around.

The former All Blacks boss has set his sights on getting UKZN into the Varsity Cup, although he remains realistic and does not expect success to come overnight.

“Our aim as an organisation and as a team is that we want to play in the Varsity Cup. It is a good year because there is promotion/relegation as well. Whether we achieve that goal this year who knows, it will depend on how well we come together as a team,” he told

He is confident that he has the talent at his disposal to challenge for top spot in the competition, but underlined the fact that it will depend on their ability to gel quickly as a unit.

“We have got enough talent, the challenge is to become a collective. We are quite a new side, there are probably half-a-dozen that are from the past,” he said.

UKZN Pietermaritzburg chairperson Roger Sheppard has invited the public to join the crowd of PMB supporters of UKZN Impi at Sinbin clubhouse off Golf Road venue in Scottsville. “Kick-off is at 4.45 pm and the match is a live broadcast on SuperSport, one of only two Shield league matches being broadcast live for the 2014 Shield campaign. University of Fort Hare and University of Western Cape then play at 7 pm,” Sheppard told The Witness.

UKZN Impi vs CUT: Henri Boshoff, Dean Muir, Stefan van Schalkwyk, Gideon Koegelenberg, Johan Wagenaar, Lwazi Ngcungama (capt), Zwela Zondi, Deon Carney, Cameron Wright, Brendan Cope, Henkie Groenewald, Gareth Meikle, Rico Lategan, Shayne Makombe, Brandon Bailing, Matthew Mandioma, Leon Mulder, Adam Wessels, Sanele Malwane, Nelson Makhaye, Gavin Nyawata, Mondli Ntshingila, Sizwe Khubeka.

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