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- Created on Monday, 04 March 2013 12:14
The FNB UKZN Impi have a great chance to build on their victory over FNB Fort Hare last week when they take on the FNB TUT Vikings in Pietermaritzburg on Monday.
"We had a great win over Fort Hare, which gave us the double over them," Impi head coach Shawn van Rensburg commented. "We played and defended so well, we stuck to our game plan and it paid off, and we need to do the same against TUT."
Alice, with Fort Hare’s fanatical home crowd, is not an easy place to go and come away with a win, and it was UKZN's first double, home and away, since the inception of the Varsity Shield.
Andre Greyvenstein, the Impi captain, said: "We went to Fort Hare with a goal in mind and that was to win the game. We worked hard throughout the week on the aspects of the game we believed would work in our favour, focused on the breakdown points and the pick-and-go, and now need the same against the Vikings on our home turf on Monday."
If the Impi absorb the inevitable pressure in the first half, and finish strongly in the second half, as they have in their matches this season, they could well come away with another win.
The Vikings have not found it easy in the Varsity Shield this year, but beat FNB UWC in Pretoria last week, so the Impi can take nothing for granted.
The Impi have the psychological advantage as they beat the Vikings in Pretoria, but that factor alone will give the Pretoria side a huge incentive to turn the tables on their counterparts.
However, the second-placed Impi will be motivated by the prospect of putting more pressure on top-of-the table FNB CUT, the Bloemfontein boys who are five points ahead with a game in hand.