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Impi! Obani Bengathinta Amabhubesi?

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 7 Apr 2015 at 10:29
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“Who here can touch the lions?” asks Johnny Clegg. When it comes to the UKZN Impi Varsity Shield team, the answer is a resounding “nobody”.

On a day when black clouds obscured any prospect of light threatening to improve the mood of rugby fans in KwaZulu-Natal, the intrepid Impi strode bravely into a Varsity Shield Final that few expected them to win and emerged with a well deserved trophy, after beating the previously unvanquished Wits 29-21.

With star young flyhalf Innocent Radebe pulling the strings, scoring one of the four tries on the night and adding a further six points via two conversions, it was the visitors who started the stronger and held on the longer, braving a late fightback from the hosts who had beaten them twice already in regular season contests. In fact, so embarrassing was the first match, when Impi conceded 60 points to Wits at home, that yesterday’s result would have been almost impossible to predict.

And yet, the young Impi side showed the value of a group of hungry young men playing committed rugby for each other, with no big names, no ego’s and no stars. Rugby can often be a very simple game, with the real strength in unit often found in how well they work as a team on grass, rather than how many accolades are associated with the list of names on the team sheet.

Our hats are well off to Ryan Strudwick, captain Lwazi Ngcungama and the rest of the Impi team! Thank you for showing us the way.

FNB Wits:
Tries: Damba, Beckerling, Kelly
Cons: Hewitt 3

Tries: Ngcungama, De Beer, Radebe, Visagie
Cons: Radebe 2, Dube


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