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Massive challenge for Impi


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 15 Feb 2016 at 10:42
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While two decent wins their opening Varsity Shield fixtures may have propelled Mike Horak and his Impi side to the summit of the log, staying there is going to prove challenging indeed – especially with their itinerary for the next eight days.

Just to remind every one of what’s at stake – the overall log winner this year is guaranteed automatic promotion to an expanded 2017 Varsity cup competition. With six matches still to play (and closest rivals Wits only 2 points behind and boasting a better points difference) the only option for Horak’s side is to keep winning. Tonight’s home game against Fort Hare represents a brilliant opportunity to bag maximum log points (and improve that points difference), but one eye definitely needs to be kept on their upcoming Gauteng tour. Impi play TUT in Pretoria on Thursday, followed by an absolutely vital return clash against WITS in Joburg a week from today.

A loss in any of those fixtures would be catastrophic, with the Wits fixture in particular one that they simply have to find a way to win.

Marius Louw, who was unfairly red carded last week, has had that decision overturned and starts as captain against UFH at Peter Booysen Park in Maritzburg today. Kick-off is at 18h30 and any fans in the area should get down there and give the Impi whatever support they can.

UKZN: 15. Morne Joubert, 14. Shayne Makombe, 13. Tristan Blewitt, 12. Mara Louw (capt), 11. Thobekani Buthelezi, 10. Tristan Tedder, 9. Wikus Badenhorst, 8. Zwela Zondi, 7. Sanele Malwane, 6. Kwezi Puza, 5. Jean Droste, 4. Rikus Zwart, 3. Ntando Mpofana, 2. Kerron van Vuuren, 1. John-Herbert Meyer
Subs: 16. Andrew Acton, 17. Erich Kankowski, 18. Jordan Martin, 19. Langa Shange, 20. Spa Dube, 21. Wayno Visagie, 22. Grant Rattray, 23. Pierre van der Walt



83 Comments

  • Go Impi!

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.02.16 10:47:11 by vanmartin Reply
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  • When will Bosch be back? It is great that Impi has a good options at 10

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.02.16 10:47:25 by Kabouter Reply

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  • Good luck lads and give them spears!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.02.16 10:50:45 by JD Reply
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  • Thanx for the reminder Rob, will try my best to be there :lol:

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.02.16 10:58:55 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Kabouter (Comment 2) : if I had to guess, I reckon they’re probably saving Curwin for the Wits clash.

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.02.16 11:01:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Sound management and Teddar’s performance last week makes this practical.

    Having the Red Card overturned does make me a little upset as it almost cost the Impi the game and it clearly was not warranted. Hopefully ref standards improve

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.02.16 11:06:08 by Kabouter Reply

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  • @Kabouter (Comment 6) : just glad it did not cost them the win!!!!!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.02.16 11:14:13 by JD Reply
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  • What’s happened to nkosi?

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.02.16 11:29:53 by Poisy Reply
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  • Go Impi!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.02.16 11:41:58 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 8) : remember they have 3 games in 8 days and UFH is not the strongest team they’re going to face…. Reckon Mike is keeping his powder dry here.

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.02.16 11:42:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 8) : Hope he’s not injured.

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.02.16 11:48:51 by Hulk Reply

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  • @Hulk (Comment 11) : no. Being rested

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.02.16 12:32:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 8) : @Hulk (Comment 11) : @robdylan (Comment 12) : was also wondering about him, good to hear they’re just resting him.

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.02.16 14:19:59 by JD Reply
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  • I just got a chance to watch some highlights of last week’s game…the last try by Nkosi was not an intercept…instead it was a beautiful try from an Impi scrum on their own 22, from which Tedder took a huge gap for a break to put Nkosi in the clear 40m out…great stuff…

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.02.16 16:07:54 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 14) : from all I’ve heard this Tedder boy had a great game and it’s not as clear cut that Bosch will just walk back into the starting team.

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.02.16 16:18:53 by JD Reply
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  • bosch looks like the kind of player who can take a gap where there is not one.

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.02.16 16:49:11 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • The Maties Madibas game is not even 5 minutes old and already a piece of very poor officiating! Maties scored under the poles…but the touch judge’s flag was up…I immediately thought: rubbish! The replay shows that the Maties winger was comfortably not out before the inside pass…my word! Mense!!

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.02.16 16:57:47 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 14) : is there a youtube clip, meneer? I just went on what I read on the Varsity Cup site.

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.02.16 17:10:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : It was just on the “Rugby that rocks” magazine programme. Really nice try…I’ll have a look…

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.02.16 17:12:13 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : Yup…it was reported that way everywhere…makes you wonder where the first bloke that wrote it got his info. Probably half way into his down-down when he looked up to see Nkosi streaking away… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.02.16 17:14:20 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 20) : aaaah, I miss Varsity

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.02.16 17:15:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gcvEs48XIAY

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.02.16 17:22:27 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.02.16 17:22:59 by pastorshark Reply
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  • 6-5 to the Madibas after 32 minutes…

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.02.16 17:23:36 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Maties head into the break with a 6-12 lead…2 tries to 0…

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.02.16 17:36:46 by pastorshark Reply
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  • lawdy how embarrassing…. they called Jason Marcus “Jason Marooks”…. guess the commentator is a little dyslexic

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.02.16 18:02:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 20) : wow, that was a beaut of a try. Tedder has got something.

  • Comment 27, posted at 15.02.16 18:04:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : That’s what I thought…real beaut!

  • Comment 28, posted at 15.02.16 18:13:06 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 22) : thanx for link, great break but Nkosi is really impressing me. He looks big and strong but also has some pace!!!

  • Comment 29, posted at 15.02.16 18:13:11 by JD Reply
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  • At the final strategy break (at the end of the third quarter) Maties lead 13-17…

  • Comment 30, posted at 15.02.16 18:13:59 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 29) : Yup…

  • Comment 31, posted at 15.02.16 18:14:33 by pastorshark Reply
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  • The officiating is just shocking…just shocking!! 4 tries so far of which 2 should have definitely have been disallowed and one was dicey…and one perfectly legitimate try which was disallowed. Some seriously poor calls by the TMO, some shockers by the one touch judge and generally disappointing reffing…

  • Comment 32, posted at 15.02.16 18:17:14 by pastorshark Reply
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  • This ref knows absolutely nothing about advantage…he blows within 5 seconds of putting his arm out, no matter how the move is developing from there. This new head of refs that has just been appointed has got a lot of work to do…

  • Comment 33, posted at 15.02.16 18:20:15 by pastorshark Reply
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  • 13-20 after 65 minutes…

  • Comment 34, posted at 15.02.16 18:20:53 by pastorshark Reply
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  • It’s 20-20 with 6 minutes to go and Maties have two men in the bin…

  • Comment 35, posted at 15.02.16 18:30:37 by pastorshark Reply
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  • NMMU score what could be the winning try…25-20 with 3 minutes to go…Maties have let a game that they have dominated slip away…

  • Comment 36, posted at 15.02.16 18:33:30 by pastorshark Reply
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  • 6 Maties crunch 8 Madibas in the maul and almost score…

  • Comment 37, posted at 15.02.16 18:35:44 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Maties score!!!!!! After the hooter the 13 men score, get a 4 try bonus point and have a kick to win it…

  • Comment 38, posted at 15.02.16 18:37:05 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Stapelberg nails a tough conversion in a howling wind and Maties steal it at the death…25-27…

  • Comment 39, posted at 15.02.16 18:38:00 by pastorshark Reply
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  • More shocking officiating in the last 5 minutes…even the commentators chirped that the ref himself doesn’t know what is going on…

  • Comment 40, posted at 15.02.16 18:38:58 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 40) : was it just poor or was it bias towards a team?

  • Comment 41, posted at 15.02.16 18:44:52 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 41) : Just poor…both sides were awarded tries that should have been disallowed, both sides scored a try where there was a second movement, both sides changed lanes and were guilty of clear obstruction at maul time, and there were a few examples of the ref getting rules wrong. The commentators were getting quite frustrated…and so were viewers if I am anything to go by…

  • Comment 42, posted at 15.02.16 19:13:00 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Pukke lead UJ by 7-3 after 10 minutes…

  • Comment 43, posted at 15.02.16 19:13:25 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Great try by UJ…and they take the lead…what an offload out the back of the hand…WOW!

  • Comment 44, posted at 15.02.16 19:16:42 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 42) : 2 maties players should have been red carded for that incident in the 70th minute.

  • Comment 45, posted at 15.02.16 19:16:45 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 43) : will watch the pukke game later.keen to see how smith goes.

  • Comment 46, posted at 15.02.16 19:17:54 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 45) : Probably…

  • Comment 47, posted at 15.02.16 19:18:02 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 46) : Smith drew two men and put his winger in for the first try…

  • Comment 48, posted at 15.02.16 19:18:56 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Tuks are leading Shimlas 25-10…

  • Comment 49, posted at 15.02.16 19:19:53 by pastorshark Reply
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  • UJ have a man binned for a cynical foul to stop a try…

  • Comment 50, posted at 15.02.16 19:20:13 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Ikeys lead CUT by 9-3…

  • Comment 51, posted at 15.02.16 19:20:47 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Impi lead 16-2…

  • Comment 52, posted at 15.02.16 19:21:31 by pastorshark Reply
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  • This idea of tries being awarded from where they started could work well at primary svhool level

  • Comment 53, posted at 15.02.16 19:21:47 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • Tuks now 36-15 up against Shimlas…

  • Comment 54, posted at 15.02.16 19:22:31 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Impi now 24-2 up…already 3 tries…

  • Comment 55, posted at 15.02.16 19:23:03 by pastorshark Reply
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  • UWC leads TUT by 13-10…

  • Comment 56, posted at 15.02.16 19:24:14 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 48) : just feel the sharks have missed out there.he looks a step higher than varsity cup imo.

  • Comment 57, posted at 15.02.16 19:25:24 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • Big blarney between UJ and Pukke after a shocking tackle by UJ…

  • Comment 58, posted at 15.02.16 19:29:40 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Yellow to the UJ fullback so they are down to 13…

  • Comment 59, posted at 15.02.16 19:30:27 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Impi lead 32-2 at half time…bonus point wrapped up. Nice work!

  • Comment 60, posted at 15.02.16 19:32:38 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Tuks are thumping Shimlas…it is 41-15 now…

  • Comment 61, posted at 15.02.16 19:33:22 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 57) : It would be interesting to have an insight into the reasoning not to take him…

  • Comment 62, posted at 15.02.16 19:34:06 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Pukke reduce the gap in Potch…12-14 after 25 minutes…

  • Comment 63, posted at 15.02.16 19:34:42 by pastorshark Reply
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  • UWC lead UCT 21-10…

  • Comment 64, posted at 15.02.16 19:36:15 by pastorshark Reply
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  • CUT leads Ikeys 10-9…

  • Comment 65, posted at 15.02.16 19:46:44 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Another try for the Impi as they now lead 40-2…

  • Comment 66, posted at 15.02.16 19:48:12 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Two tries to Shimlas pull it back to 43-27 against Tuks…

  • Comment 67, posted at 15.02.16 19:49:23 by pastorshark Reply
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  • At halftime UJ lead Pukke 12-17…

  • Comment 68, posted at 15.02.16 19:50:18 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Apparently a huge turnaround by Shimlas…they have just taken a 46-47 lead after being 43-15 down… :shock:

  • Comment 69, posted at 15.02.16 20:08:46 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 69) : And Shimlas have won…WOW!

  • Comment 70, posted at 15.02.16 20:15:50 by pastorshark Reply
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  • By the way…in all the excitement I forgot to update…
    IMPIIIIIII!!! Big win…61-10…8 tries to 1…I think…!! Great stuff…a bit scrappy in the middle somewhere, but all in all a great win…

  • Comment 71, posted at 15.02.16 20:40:41 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 71) : Kept me in suspense there pastor…thanks for the score update – excellent win indeed.

  • Comment 72, posted at 15.02.16 20:44:50 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 72) : :grin:

  • Comment 73, posted at 15.02.16 21:11:51 by pastorshark Reply
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  • This rugby is simply top notch,well done to those innovators for the rule changes and to the detractors well sorry for you,based on what I’ve seen SA rugby now has a chance of not only ctching up but surpassing NZ ans Aus in the future as this will enforce the much needed change

  • Comment 74, posted at 15.02.16 21:48:26 by benji Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 71) : great news for Impi!!!! Give them spears!!!!

  • Comment 75, posted at 15.02.16 22:45:16 by JD Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 73) : bit of a shock that Ikeys lost to Ixias and Pukke lost to UJ!!!

  • Comment 76, posted at 15.02.16 22:51:02 by JD Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 58) : makes sense.there was an interview during the strategy break for “keep the aggro on the field”.

  • Comment 77, posted at 15.02.16 23:41:26 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 59) :should have been a red card.

  • Comment 78, posted at 15.02.16 23:48:24 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 76) : Yup…both of those results were unexpected…

  • Comment 79, posted at 16.02.16 07:01:02 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Great result from the Impi…they seem to be building a fortress at home which is really good. Their away trip to Jhb this next week will be their big test though. I watched some of the Varsity Cup games…some good and bad play. Some nice passing but then also some very individualistic play- guys obviously looking for contracts. Still a very high breakdown penalty count as teams not worried about conceding a penalty only a try. The mobility of the majority of the packs is pleasing too see…just wonder if they can also front up to a tight onslaught-and they wont be tested on that in varsity cup. But overall some pretty decent entertainment

  • Comment 80, posted at 16.02.16 08:04:35 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 79) : ja personally I got both wrong on Superbru.

  • Comment 81, posted at 16.02.16 10:02:32 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 80) : Yup…although it is fun to watch I’m not quite as convinced as Benji that it is going to take us past the All Blacks…

  • Comment 82, posted at 16.02.16 12:42:42 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 82) : I think teams used to run the ball in Varsity Cup anyway, all youngsters run the ball in this country. Its not something new. What i have seen is a lot of selfish play. Pretty average defending and lots of breakdown penalties. But the crowds seem to enjoy the try fest

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