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Impi march on (after early scare)


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 19 Feb 2016 at 11:09
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Michael Horak’s UKZN Impi remain undefeated at the top of the Varsity Shield log, after a fourth straight competition victory last night. The Impi were made to work hard to overturn an 18-25 half-time deficit against TUT in Pretoria, running out 63-30 winners in an 9-try extravaganza.

The visitors did the early scoring, with lock Juan Dorste crossing in the fifth minute. TUT replied with a try of their own, before centre Grant Rattray added a second for Impi. Curwin Bosch’s conversion of the earlier try saw his team lead 13-8, but TUT then scored twice within just a couple of minutes to take an unlikely lead. A penalty extended their buffer to 25-13 and an upset was looking likely, with half time approaching.

This Impi team is made of sterner stuff, though and their fightback started before the break, with powerful winger Sbusiso Nkosi scoring his first just before half time to narrow the gap.

Curwin Bosch – voted man of the match – then scored what seems an early contender for try of the tournament, jinking his way past half of the TUT team to score a few minutes into the second half. His conversion edged Impi ahead 26-25 and that lead soon became 34-25, as prop Andrew Acton got in on the action (he he). Nkosi then scored again (42-25), before TUT replied with their fourth. Not in charitable mood, though, UKZN scored three further tries as the game wound down, all of them going to players named Tristan.

First centre Tristan Blewett scored, followed by a late brace to replacement Tristan Tedder. With five more log points in the bag and a healthy +33 to the points difference, it was ultimately a successful evening for the men in white. Closest rivals Wits remain 7 points behind Impi on the log, albeit with a game in hand. Impi’s slightly better points difference provides a slight additional buffer, but the game between the two sides on Monday 29 Feb is truly shaping up as a tournament decider.

TUT (30) Tries: Calvin Maduna, Lisa Banzi, Tshepo Nyathi, Shawn Jaards. Penalties: Lukas Van Zyl. Conversions: Lukas Van Zyl
UKZN (63): Tries Juan Droste, Grant Rattray, Sbusiso Nkosi (2), Curwin Bosch, Andrew Acton, Tristan Blewett, Tristan Tedder (2). Conversions: Bosch (5)



91 Comments

  • Flyhalves. We have them!

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.02.16 11:15:24 by vanmartin Reply
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  • This Tedder oke seems to like scoring tries…

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.02.16 11:33:26 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : He is a good player…has a good sense for the game and can run,kick,pass. Only disadvantage is his slight build which at the moment isnt hampering him…but if pushed into higher levels and constantly tackling some of those guys will take its toll and probably influence his good attacking skillset.

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.02.16 11:37:59 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Inny is already up there. We need to take care of tedder and bosch. As they both are great players. We are well stocked at fh , just look after the guys. A bid BLOW for our guy lambie 3rd year in a row , but he will be back.

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.02.16 14:02:17 by osbal Reply

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  • *…jinking his way past half of the TUTU team…*

    Surely you meant dancing? :razz:

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.02.16 14:24:32 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 5) : Tshwane University of Technology University :)

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.02.16 17:32:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : Let’s see if we can keep them.

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.02.16 18:02:53 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : Reminds me of Department of Redundancy Department

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.02.16 18:44:59 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 3) : He can and probably bulk a little he is still very young.

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.02.16 08:08:51 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Great victory for the Impi!!! Almost there lads just a couple of games left to win and you will be into the Varsity Cup!!!! Give them Spears!!!!!!!

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.02.16 12:58:20 by JD Reply
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  • I don’t know whether I am allowed to say this out loud, but today I am a BIG UWC SUPPORTER!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.02.16 14:25:42 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Pukke Ikeys are at 8-8 after 24 minutes…

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.02.16 14:31:30 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 12) : My bad…that is the young guns score…. :grin:

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.02.16 14:34:14 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 12) : thats an early kick-off.

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.02.16 14:34:47 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 14) : You just beat me to it… :lol:

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.02.16 14:38:47 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 15) : :D hope the pukke vs ikeys game is on tv.

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.02.16 14:40:52 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • UJ lead CUT 14-0 after 58 minutes…

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.02.16 18:11:44 by pastorshark Reply
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  • UJ still lead 14-0 after 70 minutes…

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.02.16 18:27:09 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 18) : What time is the wits game tonight?

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.02.16 18:56:34 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 19) : Now…Wits is leading 16-0 after the first quarter…

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.02.16 19:04:51 by pastorshark Reply
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  • UJ won 14-0…

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.02.16 19:05:08 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Pukke lead UCT 10-0…

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.02.16 19:05:33 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Shimlas lead NMMU 12-7…

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.02.16 19:06:17 by pastorshark Reply
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  • TUT lead Fort Hare 8-0…

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.02.16 19:07:14 by pastorshark Reply
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  • All scores at the strategy break after the first quarter…

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.02.16 19:07:50 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 20) : Sheesh…..I guess Impi will have to do it all by themselves….unless uwc finds that rabbit they so skillfully hid in the hat.

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.02.16 19:12:22 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Pukke lead UCT 17-3 at halftime…

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.02.16 19:33:21 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Wits stayed at 16-0 until halftime…come on UWC!!

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.02.16 19:35:39 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 26) : Here rabbit, rabbit…here rabbit, rabbit, rabbit!

  • Comment 29, posted at 22.02.16 19:36:19 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Maties Tuks 9-9 after 15 minutes…

  • Comment 30, posted at 22.02.16 19:37:37 by pastorshark Reply
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  • The Shimlas NMMU game has been stopped by protesters on the field for what must be some #mustfall protest…oh dear…

  • Comment 31, posted at 22.02.16 19:38:37 by pastorshark Reply
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  • TUT lead Fort Hare 8-5…

  • Comment 32, posted at 22.02.16 19:39:30 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 31) : Organisers are waiting for security and for police to decide whether the game can continue…

  • Comment 33, posted at 22.02.16 19:40:40 by pastorshark Reply
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  • UWC kick a penalty to make it 16-2…come on…

  • Comment 34, posted at 22.02.16 19:41:29 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Maties score another 9-pointer to make it 18-9 to Maties…

  • Comment 35, posted at 22.02.16 19:42:35 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 35) : Make that 20-9 after a successful conversion…

  • Comment 36, posted at 22.02.16 19:43:40 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 34) : Wits score a try pretty much straight from the kick off…sigh…at least prevent them from getting a bonus point!

  • Comment 37, posted at 22.02.16 19:44:42 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Ikeys get another 3-pointer to claw back to 6-17 against Pukke…

  • Comment 38, posted at 22.02.16 19:45:37 by pastorshark Reply
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  • A TUT penalty stretches their lead to 10-5 over Fort Hare…

  • Comment 39, posted at 22.02.16 19:46:28 by pastorshark Reply
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  • The Shimlas NMMU game can apparently continue…

  • Comment 40, posted at 22.02.16 19:47:26 by pastorshark Reply
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  • TUT score another 2-point penalty to make it 12-5 against Fort Hare…

  • Comment 41, posted at 22.02.16 19:50:43 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 37) : Thanks for the ‘blow-by-blow’ updates…clearly you have serious multi-tasking skills.

  • Comment 42, posted at 22.02.16 19:51:05 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Maties lead 20-9 at halftime against Tuks…

  • Comment 43, posted at 22.02.16 19:52:28 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 42) : Only on my day off… :grin:

  • Comment 44, posted at 22.02.16 19:53:01 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 40) : It seems Students who were there to watch the rugby – rather than the police – removed the protesters from the field…

  • Comment 45, posted at 22.02.16 20:00:28 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Wits have a bonus point and surely seal the win…sigh…sigh, sigh, sigh…oh well, we’ll just have to win next week…

  • Comment 46, posted at 22.02.16 20:01:23 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Shimlas lead 12-7 after 28 minutes…

  • Comment 47, posted at 22.02.16 20:02:04 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Wits score again to make it 31-2 after 66 minutes…

  • Comment 48, posted at 22.02.16 20:02:42 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Fort Hare score a try to lead for the first time against TUT 13-12…

  • Comment 49, posted at 22.02.16 20:03:50 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Wits actually converted that try to make it 34-2…

  • Comment 50, posted at 22.02.16 20:05:00 by pastorshark Reply
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  • TUT sneak back into the lead via a penalty making it 14-13 against Fort Hare…

  • Comment 51, posted at 22.02.16 20:05:39 by pastorshark Reply
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  • damn – a big Wits win is not what we need

  • Comment 52, posted at 22.02.16 20:06:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • Tuks make a strong start to the second half against Maties and get an early score in the second half…20-14 Maties…

  • Comment 53, posted at 22.02.16 20:06:30 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 52) : Too true! Damn, damn, damn…

  • Comment 54, posted at 22.02.16 20:06:57 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Tuks convert that try to make it 20-16…

  • Comment 55, posted at 22.02.16 20:08:04 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Wits score their 6th of the evening and the flood gates have clearly opened…39-2…

  • Comment 56, posted at 22.02.16 20:09:01 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Wits convert to make it 42-2…

  • Comment 57, posted at 22.02.16 20:09:48 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 52) : I hope our boys are moving into final mode for the next game! We’ll have to do this thing ourselves…

  • Comment 58, posted at 22.02.16 20:11:21 by pastorshark Reply
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  • That was the final score as Wits thrash UWC 42-2…

  • Comment 59, posted at 22.02.16 20:12:19 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Pukke scores a third to lead 24-6 against UCT…

  • Comment 60, posted at 22.02.16 20:13:02 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Shimlas 12-7 NMMU…halftime…

  • Comment 61, posted at 22.02.16 20:13:39 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Fort Hare score a try in the final minute to grab the lead 18-14 against TUT…

  • Comment 62, posted at 22.02.16 20:14:24 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Fort Hare hold on to win their first game 18-14 against TUT…

  • Comment 63, posted at 22.02.16 20:29:42 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Shimlas score their third right at the start of the second half to lead 21-7 against NMMU…

  • Comment 64, posted at 22.02.16 20:31:03 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 64) : Make that 23-7 with the conversion…

  • Comment 65, posted at 22.02.16 20:31:38 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Pukke have beaten Ikeys 24-6…

  • Comment 66, posted at 22.02.16 20:33:44 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 66) : Is that Ikeys’ third loss in a row?

  • Comment 67, posted at 22.02.16 20:34:11 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Maties still lead Tukkies 20-16 going into the last 10 minutes…

  • Comment 68, posted at 22.02.16 20:38:19 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Maties score their third! That makes it 27-16 on 72 minutes…

  • Comment 69, posted at 22.02.16 20:40:09 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 69) : And the conversion should seal it for Maties as they lead 29-16…

  • Comment 70, posted at 22.02.16 20:42:03 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 70) : I smell the chance to rag all my Tukkies mates…MAAAATIIIEEES!!!

  • Comment 71, posted at 22.02.16 20:42:44 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Shimlas score their bonus point try to make it 26-7 against NMMU…

  • Comment 72, posted at 22.02.16 20:45:00 by pastorshark Reply
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  • The conversion makes it 28-7 Shimlas and they should have that one wrapped up as they head into the last quarter…

  • Comment 73, posted at 22.02.16 20:48:01 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Maties win 29-16…

  • Comment 74, posted at 22.02.16 20:49:16 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Shimlas now lead 34-7…

  • Comment 75, posted at 22.02.16 21:00:07 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Sorry missed a Madibaz try somewhere…34-12 with 10 mins to go…

  • Comment 76, posted at 22.02.16 21:01:27 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Madibaz score their third…34-19…

  • Comment 77, posted at 22.02.16 21:02:09 by pastorshark Reply
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  • And the Shimlas score immediately again and go into the 40′s…

  • Comment 78, posted at 22.02.16 21:03:09 by pastorshark Reply
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  • 46-19 Shimlas…

  • Comment 79, posted at 22.02.16 21:04:02 by pastorshark Reply
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  • That’ll be about it from me for this evening of updates…

  • Comment 80, posted at 22.02.16 21:12:31 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Oh yes, this was my facebook post for my Tukkies mates…:
    To all my Tukkies mates…you really are my mates… :) but :) : MAAAAATIIIIIEEEES!! #29-16 #backyourboytjies

  • Comment 81, posted at 22.02.16 21:13:25 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 59) : To UWC….never send a boy to do a man’s job….Impi’s fate will be in Impi’s hands.

    Thanks for the effort Pastor….good show.

  • Comment 82, posted at 22.02.16 21:41:43 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 59) : @FireTheLooser (Comment 82) : seems as if Impi will have to win Wits to secure top spot!

  • Comment 83, posted at 22.02.16 22:23:23 by JD Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 80) : thanx for the updates!!!!

  • Comment 84, posted at 22.02.16 22:33:20 by JD Reply
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  • Will the Impi’s game vs Wits still go ahead as planned (aren’t they playing this week somewhere?)…..seeing as Varsity Cup is suspended until April?

  • Comment 85, posted at 25.02.16 14:19:05 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 85) : think Varsity Shield is also suspended I just don’t know until when.

  • Comment 86, posted at 25.02.16 14:48:44 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 86) : just for one week.

    Wits v Impi moved to 4th April.

  • Comment 87, posted at 25.02.16 14:49:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 87) : so basically the game is shifted to the end of the season?!?! If so it would be apt as the last game of the season will then probably decide who get promoted to the Cup!

  • Comment 88, posted at 25.02.16 14:55:10 by JD Reply
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  • Thanks fellars ;)

  • Comment 89, posted at 25.02.16 18:19:30 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 88) : that’s what I thought too

  • Comment 90, posted at 25.02.16 18:22:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 90) : was a bit surprised that they played against each other in the first game, would have thought that the strong teams would have played each other in the final round but now it happened anyway!!

  • Comment 91, posted at 26.02.16 07:43:52 by JD Reply
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