UKZN Impi got their 2021 FNB Varsity Shield campaign off on a positive start beating Rhodes University 62-15 at Loftus in Pretoria after leading 29-0 at the break, in Round One of the competition
With all the games played at Loftus it ended up being an afternoon and evening of mixed results for the KZN teams
Out scoring the students from Grahamstown by 10 tries to two the UKZN Impi took control from the first whistle and looked a lot more organized than the Rhodes outfit.
Sibongile Novuka was the star of the show for Impi converting six of the 10 tries to go with a try of his own. The other tries went to Llawdden Roux, Gacula Poswa, Azakiwe Afrika, Onke Jiba, Wandile Shabangu, Menzi Mabaso, Jordan De Vos and Byron Booysen.
In the other games Durban University of Technology (DUT) making their debut in the Varsity Shield were given a rude awakening being thoroughly trounced 134-11 by Walter Sisulu University (WSU) from East London and the Cape Province University of Technology (CPUT) beat the University of Fort Hare (UFH) 36-20.
Round Two sees the sides moving to Pretoria University (TUKS) with DUT having a buy. Rhodes will play CPUT, UFH meet the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) making their first appearance and UKZN Impi play against UFH