The University of KwaZulu-Natal Impi lead the way after the opening round of the Varsity Shield rugby competition following a valuable away win against University of Western Cape (UWC).
Last year’s beaten finalists picked up a 16-5 win over UWC in what was a scrappy game in Bellville, while in Pretoria the TUT Vikings claimed a hard-fought 21-16 win at home against the Fort Hare Blues.
That means the Impi top the standings after the first round of action, followed by TUT who trail them on points difference, while Fort Hare have a single bonus point to show for their efforts.
The match in Pretoria was a tight affair and it took a late try from Vikings centre Vian Riekert to clinch the win after the teams had been deadlocked at 16-16.
TUT outscored the Eastern Cape side by three tries to one in the end, but Fort Hare remained firmly in the mix throughout, thanks to a dominant scrum and the trusty boot of flyhalf Sivakele Ulana.
-The Herald Reporter