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Massive challenge ahead for Impi

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 20 Mar 2014 at 12:46
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With one round of Varsity Shield action still to come, John Mitchell’s UKZN Impi team have overcome a number of setbacks and have their destiny firmly in their own hands.

Varsity Cup promotion is the prize, of course, and in order to to be in with a shout of going up, Mitch’s team needs to play in the final. Only the top two sides on the log will go through, with the Shield Champions granted immediate promotion and the losing finalists going into a play-off with the seventh-placed Varsity cup finisher.

The CUT Ixias have already sewn up top spot on the competition log and it’s exactly this team – beaten only once in sevens starts this season – that the Impi face in Maritzburg on Monday night. Hanging onto second spot, the KZN side cannot afford to slip up, with the pesky UFH Blues just 3 points behind and facing a gimme home fixture against the hapless TUT Vikings. The Impi set themselves up well with a 55-24 away victory over TUT last week.

Mitchell’s team came incredibly close to an upset victory over CUT in the first match, going down by a single point away from home. They’ll need all the support they can get to overturn that result and ensure a maiden final appearance.

The permutations for UKZN are rather complicated. They need at least 3 points (so any sort of win, or a draw with four tries) to be sure of going through. Should they get only 2 points from the game (draw without bonus, or lose by less than 7 with four tries) they are still in good shape, so long as UFH don’t manage to beat TUT by 60+ points.

Anything less than two points, though and it’s safe to assume they’ll be out of the running.

We encourage anybody in the area to get down to Peter Booysen Stadium on Monday night to support the Impi!


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