Dolphins nail the Hammers at Albert Park
RUGBY UNION: The Gympie Hammers reserve-grade side felt the full force of the undefeated Noosa Dolphins at Albert Park on Saturday.
The Dolphins were dominant throughout and proved too experienced for the Hammers who lost 52-12.
Coach Blair Fuller said for the first 25 minutes the Hammers were not in the game and that was when Noosa scored most of their points.
"They were a better drilled team than us," Fuller said.
"They scored four or five tries just from our mistakes."
Fuller said the team had a lot of bad kicks and struggled to maintain ball control.
"We were stronger in the second half once we got into the game but it was too late."
Chris Laidlaw was the first to score and Chris Mitchell crossed the line to secure a second try.
Fuller said Mitchell was awarded player of the match after playing such a strong game and showing some aggression in the forwards.
Forward Will Gear also showed the aggression the team needed to get back in the game.
Fuller said that the players did not have their heads in the game when they stepped out on to the field and Noosa's speed overwhelmed them early in the game.
The score did not reflect the game in the end as the Gympie side fought back in the second half, he said.
"It was always going to be a tougher game against Noosa," he said.
Fuller said the Dolphins are undefeated in the reserve-grade competition and have defeated most of the teams by a similar margin.
This week at training the Gympie side will focus on ball security, man on man defence and scrums in preparation for this weekend's match.
The Hammers will play Fraser Coast, one of the top teams on the ladder, at Albert Park on Saturday.
"They are a fairly strong scrumming team," Fuller said.