UKZN Impi hope to stick to winning ways against TUT Vikings tonight

2014-02-24 00:00

AFTER frustrating one-point and five-point defeats to defending champs Central University of Technology (CUT) in Bloemfontein and University of Fort Hare in Durban, the UKZN Impi got full points out of their 33-24 Varsity Shield defeat of University of Western Cape in Bellville last time out, and now it’s time to consolidate on that win when they take on Tshwane University of Technology Vikings (TUT) at 7 pm tonight in the Peter Booysen Sports Park rugby stadium on the Pietermaritzburg campus.

All roads will lead to Golf Road in Scottsville for Impi fans as well as the general midlands rugby public and it promises to be a titanic battle against a hurting TUT after their 39-18 defeat by CUT at home in Pretoria last Monday, their first defeat of the Shield season.

The magnitude of third-placed Impi’s four-try defeat of UWC can be measured in the fact that it was their first-ever away victory against former Springbok head coach Peter de Villiers’s side.

Victory today will see head coach John Mitchell’s side secure a handy second spot behind CUT on the log at the halfway stage. In contrast, a TUT win will ensure they cement second spot going into the second half of the competition.

Mitchell’s satisfaction with the win can be measured by his naming an unchanged team for the TUT match.

There will be little rest for the Impi as after the TUT game they travel to Alice in the Eastern Cape and a muscle-up with Fort Hare on Thursday.


UKZN Impi: 15 Hendrik Groenewald, 14 Shayne Makombe, 13 Brandon Bailing, 12 Kurt Mavrodaris, 11 Hendrik Lategan, 10 Brandon Cope, 9 Cameron Wright, 8 Deon Carney, 7 Zwela Zondi, 6 Lwazi Ngcungama (capt), 5 Johan Wagenaar, 4 Adam Wessels, 3 Stefan van Schalkwyk, 2 Dean Muir, 1 Henri Boshoff.

Replacements: 16 Mikyle Webster, 17 Sizwe Khubeka, 18 Sabelo Tshabalala, 19 Michael Hutton, 20 Sanele Malwane, 21 Nelson Makhanye, 22 Yandisa Mdolomba, 23 Bartholomeus le Roux.

TUT Vikings: 15 Gaybrin Smith, 14 Brian Gullen, 13 Deon Fitchet, 12 Andries Truter (capt), 11 Curtly Brink­huis, 10 Morne Hugo, 9 Deon Joubert, 8 Barend Nordeje, 7 Pieter Matthews, 6 Mandla Mdaka, 5 Izak Deetlefs, 4 Ewald Mare, 3 Coert van Gerwe, 2 Attie Joubert, 1 Ricardo Burger.

Replacements: 16 Hamish Herd, 17 Ryan Sim, 18 Jean Maritz, 19 Claude Johannes, 20 Shane Pretorius, 21 Leroy Afrika, 22 Rhalphton Minnaar, 23 David Pieterse.

Kick-off: 7 pm at Peter Booysen Sports Park off Golf Road in PMB.

Referee: Stephan Geldenhuys.

LOG (all played 3 unless stated): 1 CUT 14 points; 2 TUT 10 pts; 3 UKZN 7pts; 4 UWC 6 pts; 5 UFH 6 pts.

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