Gympie hammers finally nail first win of the season
THE Gympie Hammers rugby union reserve-grade team has come home with its first win of the season after defeating USC convincingly on Saturday 33-12.
Coach Blair Fuller said he knew they would get a few wins this season but just needed the younger players to gain a bit more experience.
I have been with the club for 20-odd years and this is probably the best win we have had with such a young group of boys.
"Considering the age of this team, to beat a university team is a pretty big thing," he said.
The team made good ground throughout the game, scoring five tries against university at their home ground.
He said USC scored in the first 10 seconds of the game but the Hammers did well not to dwell on the try, coming back harder and faster.
They had a small margin leading into the second half, with Gympie ahead 14-7.
Fuller said front-row forward Ryan Webb was awarded player of the match after a strong game in amongst the scrum and general play of the ball.
Billy Kirkwood also played well at flyhalf, controlling the backs well.
Fuller said the team's defence won them the game and was strong this week, where previously they had struggled to keep teams out.
The Gympie forwards were too strong for USC out-scrumming their opposition.
He said winning away was a big achievement for Gympie as USC was considered to be one of the top teams in the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union reserve-grade competition.
Fuller said the younger players were getting better each week as they gained experience.
With other players still tied down with work commitments the team can only get stronger as more players join up.
"It is very promising; we just need to build on that," he said.
The Hammers have a bye this week but will play a catch up game against USC again in Gympie the following week with double points up for grabs.
"The team is carrying a lot of confidence out of that win," Fuller said.