Durban - The Varsity Cup’s Disciplinary Committee have found the Walter Sisulu University guilty of fielding ineligible players in their opening two Varsity Shield matches against the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the University of Fort Hare.
The university pleaded guilty to the charges that they had fielded first-year players above the age of 22 in their opening two matches, despite competition rules forbidding them from doing so.
Therefore, the Free State-based side have been docked 10 points, with both of their opening two matches adjusted to reflect 32-0 victories to the opposition.
Thus, UKZN and UFH have both been awarded the full five points on offer in their matches against WSU, with 32-0 victories.
According to Varsity Shield rules, the 32-0 score reflects four converted tries, which equates to a bonus-point victory.
The new-look UKZN Impi have now moved to fourth place on the log standings, with nine points from four games and 13 points adrift of leaders University of the Western Cape.
The KZN franchise slipped up again, this time at home against the UWC in a round five showdown at Howard College Rugby Stadium, in Durban on Monday evening.
The 53-5 defeat was their second in a row this season.
Following their triumph at the Durban-based campus, UWC are now enjoying a two-point lead at the top of the Varsity Shield table with 22 points.
UKZN travel to TUT Stadium in Pretoria on Monday to play against the Tshwane University of Technology in the sixth round of the campaign.
The KZN students will be desperate to bounce back from the defeats, knowing that a win against the Tshwane outfit would be a huge psychological boost in the title race.
Kick-off is scheduled for 18:30.