UKZN Impi record first win

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 15 Feb 2011 at 07:00
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After suffering unfortunate defeats in their opening two Varsity Shield fixtures, the UKZN team finally got their campaign underway in recording a 22-16 victory against Fort Hare in Pietermaritzburg. The win moves them off the foot of the competition table, but they are still 10 log points behind joint leaders CUT and WITS.

In the other Shield game today, CUT handed WITS their first defeat of the season, in the process preventing the Joburg side from recording a fourth straight win and opening up a big lead at the top of the table. It’s good news for the Impi, but on the basis of yesterday’s performance they will still need to improve a hell of a lot to stand any chance of toppling any of the top sides. After racing away to a good 22-3 lead at half time, the Maritzburg boys once again sit back and watched as their opponents whittled away at that lead in the second half.

In their previous two outings, slender half-time leads have turned into heavy defeats. This time, at least, there was enough in the tank to enable them to hold one. Fort Hare, though, are far from the strongest side in the competition. The one positive to come from the match – other than the four log points, of course – was the fact that the Impi finally managed to score a try, through flanker Lwazi Ngcungama. Fullback Jaco Potgieter scored the rest of his side’s points with the boot, while Fort Hare managed to score twice in the second half.

Match breakdown, courtesy

UKZN 22 Fort Hare 16

The scorers:

Tries: Ngcungama
Cons: Potgieter
Pens: Potgieter 5

For FNB Fort Hare:
Tries: Mateisi, Mboto
Pens: Katywa 2

The teams:

UKZN: 15 Jaco Potgieter, 14 Gareth Borchardt, 13 Kurt Mavrodaris, 12 Wessel Booysen, 11 Louis Nondela, 10 Peter Grunow, 9 Zander Engelbrecht, 8 Kyle Ross, 7 Robert Warnock, 6 Lwazi Ngcungama, 5 Tinashe Bopoto, 4 Gerrit Fourie, 3 Marc Colia, 2 Justin Meanwell (captain), 1 Kurt Schonert.
Replacements: 16 Dayne Smith, 17 Luciando Santos, 18 Chris Ndlovu, 19 Absolom Mumba, 20 Calvin Channing, 21 Jake Adam, 22 Sipho Evans, 23 Mazisi Ostrich.

Fort Hare: 15 Ayanda Mateisi, 14 Lukhanyiso Fana, 13 Thabo Ratyana, 12 Lukhanyiso Magele, 11 Sabelo Kolanisi, 10 Qondani Katywa, 9 Ntando Kebe, 8 Thando Ndondo (captain), 7 Onke Dubase, 6 Billy Dutton, 5 Sokhana Mkona, 4 Itumeleng Mokae, 3 Sive Ntwasa, 2 Kwezilokusa Mkhafu, 1 Luvuyo Kama.
Replacements: 16 Vuyisani Mavuso, 17 Xola Mapapu, 18 Nkosikhona Nofuma, 19 Abongile Dlani, 20 Sibabalwe Mtsulwana, 21 Sinovuyo Ganto, 22 Vuyo Mbotu, 23 Siyabula Sijula.

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  • Well done boys! At last.

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.02.11 08:01:27 by PTAShark Reply
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