UKZN Impi to chase Hares in Alice

2011-03-21 00:00

THE University of KwaZulu-Natal Impi will be desperate to redeem themselves when they meet University of Fort Hare Blues in Varsity Shield action in Alice, Eastern Cape, tonight.

On paper, there is little to choose between the teams.

The Impi suffered a humbling 51-5 defeat at the hands of Wits University in Johannesburg last Monday. They were never allowed to recover after a whirlwind start saw the home side race in three tries in next to no time.

Indeed, Fort Hare appear to have been improving with every outing and shaded University of Western Cape — a side that beat the Impi twice — in their lone win not too long ago.

That said, in Pietermaritzburg a month back, the Impi beat Fort Hare 22-16 in a hard-fought game, while head coach Beans Bateman’s side also won 39-38 to log leaders CUT in Bloemfontein.

Next Monday the Impi meet log leaders Central University of Technology (CUT) in the final round at Peter Booysen Sports Park off Golf Road.

The Varsity Shield final, which is going to be between CUT and Wits, takes place on April 4.

Meanwhile, it’s all up for grabs in tonight’s final round of Varsity Cup action. The top five sides all have a chance to earn a home semi-final, while at the bottom of the log all three remaining teams are in a position to face the dreaded promotion/relegation game against one of CUT or Wits should things not go their way. The Varsity Cup semi-finals are next Monday with the final on April 11.


Varsity Shield: CUT vs Wits; Fort Hare vs UKZN Impi.

Varsity Cup: Tuks vs UCT; Maties vs UJ; Nelson Mandela (PE) vs Shimlas; Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) vs Pukke.

Varsity Shield log:

1 CUT (played 6) 26 pts; 2 Wits (7) 23 pts; 3 UWC (7) 15 pts; 4 UKZN (6) 8 pts; 5 UFH (6) 6 pts.

Varsity Cup log (all played 6): 1 UJ 22 pts; 2 Maties 21 pts; 3 Tuks 21 pts; 4 UCT 19 pts; 5 Shimlas 19 pts; 6 Pukke 7 pts; 7 TUT 6 pts; 8 Nelson Mandela (PE) 6 pts.

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