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Impi surge into the final


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 31 Mar 2015 at 11:55
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Ryan Strudwick’s UKZN Impi side recorded a stunning 42-0 victory over the UFH Blues last night to secure their place in the Varsity Shield final for the second year running.

Last year’s side won only four of their league matches in a very topsy-turvy round robin phase, but the side has improved on that ratio this year, losing only twice in eight outings. Both of those defeats have come against newly relegated Varsity Cup side Wits and the odds will be stacked against Strudwick’s boys as they take on the Johannesburg side in the final.

Last night’s result, though, was a corker, especially for contracted Sharks centre Marius Louw, who scored three tries in a man of the match performance. Louw emerged as the team’s top try scorer of the season, amazingly having scored 8 tries in just three games, with two hat tricks and a brace.

Impi scored six in total at Howard College last night, with lock Ado Wessels, scrumhalf Langa Shange and number 8 Retief Marais (the younger brother of former Sharks locks Jandre and Peet) all joining Louw on the score sheet.

UKZN Impi (42): Tries Louw(3), Wessels, Shange, Marais. Conversions: Dube (4)
UFH Blues (0): Ag shame!


18 Comments

  • Great result! Well done Impi!

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.03.15 12:19:21 by vanmartin Reply
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  • wo ‘nanz’ impiyeza!

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.03.15 12:28:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Are these games broadcast?

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.03.15 12:31:51 by vanmartin Reply
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  • or rather, wo “nans” Impi iyeza to be completely accurate. Apologies to my Zulu readers

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.03.15 12:32:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 3) : I’m sure the final will be

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.03.15 12:32:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • Well done boys!

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.03.15 12:42:43 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Haha…”Ag shame!”

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.03.15 12:44:15 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Do you have a team sheet for last night, Rob?

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.03.15 12:45:31 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 8) :

    FNB UKZN-Impi: 15 Siphatisene Dube, 14 Shayne Makombe, 13 Alwayno Visagie, 12 Marais Louw, 11 Hendrik Lategan, 10 Rowan Gouws, 9 Langelihle Shange, 8 Retief Marais, 7 Sanele Malwane, 6 Lwazi Ngcungama (captain), 5 Adam Wessels, 4 David Harel, 3 Njabulo Mkize, 2 Chris de Beer, 1 Matthew Mandioma.
    Replacements: 16 Mikyle Webster, 17 Sizwe Kubheka, 18 Christiaan van der Merwe, 19 Kwezi Puza, 20 Graham Koch, 21 Yandisa Mdolomba, 22 Sandile Zulu, 23 Ntandoyenkosi Mpofana.

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.03.15 12:57:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Thanks…
    Good luck for the final men. In the second game against Wits they were a lot better than in the first. Let’s hope the improvement continues!

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.03.15 13:01:55 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 10) : exactly

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.03.15 13:06:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : Will this final be for promo/relegation, is that that only on the table next year again?

  • Comment 12, posted at 31.03.15 13:13:31 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 12) : only next year.

    I’ve spoken to Strudwick about that. He’s actually not too phased. Doesn’t want to end up getting promoted this year only to come straight back down next year. Reality is there’s a big gulf between the Cup and the Shield and he rather wants to take a bit of time to build the right structure and a good squad capable of challenging in the Cup.

  • Comment 13, posted at 31.03.15 13:17:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Cool, good to know…Impi is doing quite well, reaching the final twice in as many years.

    Clearly this is something Smit has been able to bring to the Sharks…a strong Varsity cup side should translate into stronger age group teams as well as a carrot for recruiting young players.

  • Comment 14, posted at 31.03.15 13:30:32 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • We all saw what happened to CUT whilst running with the big boys. Another year playing for the Shield would do more for them then getting klapped week in week out.

  • Comment 15, posted at 31.03.15 13:33:33 by JarsonX Reply
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  • well at least some good news today!!!!!!!!!! Congrats boys!!!! and good luck for the final!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 31.03.15 15:39:47 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : @JarsonX (Comment 15) : ja that’s good to hear. The guys will be ready for next year!!!

  • Comment 17, posted at 31.03.15 15:41:29 by JD Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 15) : Don’t entirely agree with that. The player turnover in the tournament doesn’t really allow for the same players year in and year out. Think there is an age limit in Varsity Cup.

    yes CUT is getting smacked silly, but surely, they will learn to cope with the faster pace of Varsity Cup, only by playing in it. So you slap the other teams in the Varsity Shield, how will that better prepare you for Varsity Cup level?

  • Comment 18, posted at 31.03.15 20:13:12 by KingCheetah Reply

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