Hammers official title favourites despite tough loss
RUGBY UNION: An against the grain loss to the competition cellar dwellers will not be enough for the Hampton and Harlow Hammers to shake the tag of premiership favourites.
A spirited University outfit managed to put five tries on an injury depleted Gympie side at White's Gully at the weekend, with the blue and golds only breaching the visitors line twice.
The Hammers suffered significant casualties during their successful debut at the Queensland Country Rugby Union Championships in Bundaberg recently.
While they tied for first spot at the invitation only event, Hammers captain Bec Briggs said the loss of "some key players" was enough to tip the scales in favour of University.
"We played a really good, hard game," the Hammers scrum-half said.
"This team has come a long way.
"We have been training extremely hard."
And it would seem as though the diligence is paying off with the women's side rolling a Noosa outfit 25-0 recently. That particular side had not experienced defeat in two years.
However despite the loss on Saturday, The Hammers are cemented in the competition top two, just behind Maroochydore.
"We all have a couple of weeks to recover," Briggs told The Gympie Times.
"We have an unreal team.
"We all had to dig deep today, there are a lot of us that are carrying injuries.
"We are very confident for finals this season.
"We struggled today with so many out, but I would have preferred everyone be out for this game than down the track," she said.
The Hammers have four games left in the regular season before they take part in a sevens competition starting in July.
Briggs said the club is confident of fielding a side in the 2018 season.