AN inability to fire in the first half is costing the Gympie Hammers rugby union team matches.
The Hammers played Caloundra at Albert Park at the weekend and received a 45-18 drubbing.
Coach David Crowley was absent for the clash but stand-in coach, Blair Fuller, said another lacklustre first half was to blame for the loss.
“We started poorly and got behind so even though we matched them in the second half, it was just too much ground to make up,” he said.
The Hammers trailed 33-6 at half time but managed a better showing in the second, matching Caloundra’s 12 point haul.
Fuller said the team was at a loss in explaining the ongoing first half difficulties.
“We tried a new warm up to change the routine up a bit,” he said. “It will be a bit trial and error but it’s also an experience thing as well.
“We have some young players and it will be a learning curve and a matter of playing more matches.”
The weekend’s result echoed the the week before, where the Hammers thrashed Caboolture in the second half but still were defeated 26-23.
Meanwhile, compounding the slow start at the weekend were fresh injuries, including captain Drew Ogden with a suspected broken hand. Another player received a broken collar bone.
“The injuries were disruptive,” Fuller said.
The Hammers will re-focus and contemplate what is holding them back in the first half before bravely lining up competition heavyweights University this weekend.