Sithembiso Dindi
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20 Apr 2021
06:45

DUT hope for change in Varsity Shield fortunes ahead of KZN derby

Sithembiso Dindi

After a very tough start to their Varsity Shield life, DUT Rhinos will be hoping for a positive result against neighbours UKZN Impi in a derby clash on Tuesday.

After a very tough start to their Varsity Shield life, DUT Rhinos will be hoping for a positive result against neighbours UKZN Impi in a derby clash on Tuesday.

The KwaZulu-Natal derby will take place at Pretoria’s Loftus Versfeld Stadium, with the televised kick-off set for 7 pm.

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The tournament is currently played in a bio-bubble set in the country’s capital and will conclude on Sunday, May 8.

Both sides head into the clash on the back of defeats as UKZN lost 22-3 to Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Vikings while DUT suffered the embarrassing drubbing of 109-6 at the hands of Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).

This was not the first time the winless DUT were handed a heavy beating after in their first match of the season they lost 136-11 to Walter Sisulu University (WSU).

Their two opening fixtures have left them at the bottom of the seven-team Varsity Shield table with no points to their name.

Sixth-placed Rhodes University are still to register their first point in the competition after two matches as well.

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UKZN, who are fourth, are favourites to claim the bragging rights over their provincial peers that are playing their first season in the Varsity Shield.

However, UKZN went to TUT with the favourites tag as in their past 11 meetings against the Pretoria-based side, the men from the Zulu Kingdom had lost only twice.

After three matches this season, UKZN are fourth on the log table with seven points and trail top of the table (CPUT) by eight points.