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- Created on Monday, 04 March 2013 19:27
The FNB UKZN Impi managed to hold off a late onslaught from FNB TUT to win 10-9 in a nail-biter in Pietermaritzburg on Monday.
A fairly dull first-half only produced a penalty goal from TUT flyhalf Morne Hugo which meant that his side had the edge at the break 2-0.
The second-half started brightly for the home side as they scored within two minutes of the restart as wing Mondli Ntshingila went over for a try.
The momentum continued as the Impi's other wing Hendrick Lategan also went over for a try. These two were not converted which meant UKZN had a 10-2 lead within the first ten minutes of the second-half.
TUT continued to press for a try of their own but could only manage in getting a penalty kick through flyhalf Hugo to make the score 10-4 heading into the last strategy break.
Going into the last 20 minutes of the game TUT were putting the pressure on the home team but their momentum was halted after lock Werner Lourens was given a yellow-card for repeated infringements at the break-down.
UKZN were unable to convert the extra player and went the whole ten minutes without scoring a point which the Vikings would have used to motivate them.
In the 73rd minute TUT did manage to get their try when centre Oswald Gibson went over for their first try.
The pressure was then entirely on the Impi who manage to hold out for the last couple of minutes and score a morale boosting win.
For FNB UKZN:
Tries: Ntshingila, Lategan
For FNB TUT:
Pens: Hugo 2
Yellow Card(s): Werner Lourens (TUT, 60)
FNB UKZN: 15 Brandon Bailing, 14 Hendrik Lategan, 13 Gareth Meikle, 12 Heinrich Meyer, 11 Mondli Ntshingila, 10 Jeandre Small, 9 Zander Engelbrecht, 8 Andre Greyvenstein (captain), 7 Calvin Ngcungama, 6 Zwela Zondi, 5 Dumani Dludla, 4 Corne Nieuwenhuizen, 3 Sizwe Khubeka, 2 Nicolas du Plooy, 1 Leon Mulder.
Replacements: 16 Senzo Ngubane, 17 Justin Haefele, 18 Gerrit Fourie, 19 Theo Kruger, 20 Hendrik Groenewald, 21 Siphathisene Dube, 22 Ngcebo Masikane, 23 Luciando Santos.
FNB TUT Vikings: 15 Paul Walters, 14 Deon Fitchet, 13 Zandre De Bruin, 12 Oswald Gibson, 11 Fanie Raseroka, 10 Morne Hugo, 9 Anele Magubane, 8 Barend Nordeje, 7 Tinus Van Wyk (captain), 6 Mandla Mdaka, 5 Werner Lourens, 4 Isak Deetlefs, 3 Dylan Middleditch, 2 Adriaan Joubert, 1 Gerrit Van Gerwe.
Replacements: 16 Dawid Roux, 17 Ricardo Burger, 18 Gareth Bredenhan, 19 Welilie Ntozakhe, 20 Nico Smuts, 21 Shaun Jaards, 22 Victor Mbuqe, 23 Terence Long.