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Massive Impi slip hands Wits pole position


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 21 Mar 2016 at 08:55
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The UKZN Impi side – unbeaten to date in this year’s Varsity Shield – suffered a massive setback, losing 16-44 against UWC in Johannesburg on Saturday. Making the loss worse, closest rivals WITS had earlier recorded a big win over TUT to leapfrog the Natal side to the top of the competition standings.

Campus disruptions this year have forced the movement of all Varsity Shield and Cup games to so-called “neutral” venues; however, the requirement to now play all of their matches in Johannesburg (coupled with some rather brutal travel schedules as a result) certainly would have a bigger effect on the likes of UKZN than it would on Wits, who are based in the city anyway. That said, Michael Horak and his team won’t be looking at excuses; they’ve let themselves down badly and now face a massive uphill struggle to secure Varsity Cup promotion head of next season.

Time to wallow in their own misery is not a luxury afforded to the team either; they face another match this afternoon, against Fort Hare and simply have to record a big bonus point win to retake top spot and keep the pressure on their Highveld rivals (who have a bye). Impi’s own bye in the last round could count against them, though as they are now heavily dependent on Wits dropping a point somewhere over the next two games, a rather unlikely scenario, one would say.

This team has stood up faced plenty of adversity in the past, though and they will need to control what they can control over the next two games and win both as well as they possibly can. The ball will then be in Wit’s court.

Good luck, Impi!


41 Comments

  • That sucks. But they can still do it. Go Impi!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.03.16 08:57:41 by JarsonX Reply
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  • boys are on fire so far today…. 3 tries to 0 at the first strategy break.

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.03.16 13:29:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • Impi lead 23-0 and already have a bonus point. Need to win by 60 here if we can and put a serious dent in Wits’s superior points difference.

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.03.16 13:33:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • 28-0. Five tries, but Tedder can’t hit a barn door. With conversions worth 3 points in Varsity rugby, that’s a concern.

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.03.16 13:35:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • 36-0.

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.03.16 13:51:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • 44-0

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.03.16 14:14:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • 52-0.

    PORN!!!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.03.16 14:18:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • Impi lead 60-0.

    If it ends like this, Wits’ superior points difference is reduced to 8.

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.03.16 14:18:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • 68-0.

    Now level on Wits with PD….

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.03.16 14:22:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan: does it have to come down to points difference?ukzn beat wits home and away.

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.03.16 14:22:14 by 50shadesofshark Reply

     
  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 10) : bonus points mean it unfortuantely does.

    Before this match, Wits were level on log points and had a superior points diff of 68.

    Impi need to
    a) stuff UFH by a large margin (check)
    b) stuff TUT by a large margin
    c) hope that Wits don’t manage to get ahead again. The slight ray of sunshine is that Wits play UWC in their last game and that’s not a formality. They will go into that game knowing exactly what they have to do, though.

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.03.16 14:24:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • Keep going!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.03.16 14:24:32 by Sharks_have_Character! Reply

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  • @Sharks_have_Character! (Comment 12) : still 20 min to play, if you can believe it.

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.03.16 14:25:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : thanks for the well explained reply.

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.03.16 14:28:08 by 50shadesofshark Reply

     
  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : any new score update?

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.03.16 14:31:12 by JD Reply
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  • 73-0

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.03.16 14:34:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • 76-0

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.03.16 14:38:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • 84-0. 6 min to play

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.03.16 14:41:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : at least they’re really putting up a fight!

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.03.16 14:41:37 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : great performance by the Impi!!!

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.03.16 14:51:41 by JD Reply
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  • ja so we won 97-0

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.03.16 15:29:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : Holy hell, that’s considered a decent Proteas innings these days. Congrats Impi!!

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.03.16 15:32:23 by vanmartin Reply
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  • What a miss match,I remember watching the Boks beat Italy by a 100 a few years ago in Durban and it was a kak experience.
    No glory in a game like that.

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.03.16 15:34:32 by The hound Reply
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  • Great result. Great to see a Natal team fighting so hard.

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.03.16 15:34:58 by Sharks_have_Character! Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 23) : reality is they should actually promote Impi AND Wits immediately – possible even UWC too

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.03.16 15:35:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 23) : what does that have to do with Impi? They know this tournament is likely to come down to points difference and they went out and scored 97 of them.

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.03.16 15:36:48 by Sharks_have_Character! Reply

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  • Reality is they must have broken a few hearts at Fort Hare,and put the game back 10 years in the Border region.

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.03.16 15:37:53 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 27) : can the Border game be set back any further? 🙂

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.03.16 15:39:07 by Sharks_have_Character! Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : geez they really stepped up!!!!

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.03.16 18:49:21 by JD Reply
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  • @Sharks_have_Character! (Comment 24) : yes they really went big!!!!

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.03.16 18:51:30 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 30) : reality is they need to beat TUT by an even bigger margin

  • Comment 31, posted at 21.03.16 19:07:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • I’m assuming the log over at 365 hasn’t been updated?

    It has Impi P6 W5 L1 PF 216 PA 136 PD 80

    Seeing as they just won by 97 points to nil they couldn’t have been PF 119 PA 136 PD -17 before this game right?

  • Comment 32, posted at 21.03.16 19:23:26 by Sharks_have_Character! Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : or we need to hope UWC can beat (or draw) Wits.

  • Comment 33, posted at 21.03.16 19:54:30 by JD Reply
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  • Well done Impi

  • Comment 34, posted at 21.03.16 19:55:20 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Sharks_have_Character! (Comment 32) : Impi has played 7

  • Comment 35, posted at 21.03.16 20:15:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Sharks_have_Character! (Comment 32) : this is almost correct:

    http://varsitycup.co.za/varsity-shield-fixtures/

    Log isn’t updated with the UWC v TUT result (for some reason)

  • Comment 36, posted at 21.03.16 20:17:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : cheers. I much prefer the current Super rugby system of going with number of wins rather than PD in the event of equal points.

  • Comment 37, posted at 21.03.16 20:27:18 by Sharks_have_Character! Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : only good thing for the Impi is Wits plays 2 games in 3 days and the second game is against UWC. Impi must still beat TUT with a big margin to put pressure on Wits.

  • Comment 38, posted at 21.03.16 20:31:14 by JD Reply
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  • @Sharks_have_Character! (Comment 37) : yes I also think it’s better.

  • Comment 39, posted at 21.03.16 20:33:54 by JD Reply
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  • 2 years ago I don’t think Impi would have been able to pull off a big win like that. Fantastic effort from the guys who obviously knew a big point difference was required.

  • Comment 40, posted at 22.03.16 08:47:41 by Hulk Reply

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  • @Hulk (Comment 40) : yes now they must do the same to TUT so that there’s as much pressure on Wits as possible.

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