Hammers skipper Andrew Rye watches as his team-mates work towards a push-over try in their loss to Caboolture on Saturday.
Hammers skipper Andrew Rye watches as his team-mates work towards a push-over try in their loss to Caboolture on Saturday. Craig Warhurst

Hammers hit the wall

IT WAS a hard day at the office on Saturday for Hammers coach Dave Crowley.

Crowley watched as his depleted team was beaten by a fired-up Caboolture 71-10 at Albert Park. The coach blamed injuries on the team's poor showing, saying it was hard to keep structure in defence with six regular players out of the side.

But Crowley heaped praise on the players, who stepped up for the Hammers in their hour of need.

“Caboolture were fired up, well organised and hitting their straps at the right end of the season,” Crowley said.

“Our lack of numbers made us disjointed.”

The Hammers lost English prop Scott Finlay last week.

Finlay rushed back to England after a family member was involved in a serious road accident.

Breakaway Jarrod Dann was out with a broken hand, half back AJ Bailey re-injured a shoulder and five eighth Drew Ogden was out.

“Our defensive pattern was badly disrupted,” Crowley said.

“And at this level we can't afford that.”

The coach said the guys who filled in never gave up and the Hammers even scored the last try of the game, but were just not cohesive enough.

“I would like to thank the guys who filled in and skipper Andrew Rye. He never gave up encouraging the boys and that's why we were able to score the last try.”

The Hammers jump out of the frying pan into the fire next week when they come up against third-placed Maroochydore. Then, in their last game of the season, the boys come up against first-placed Noosa.

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