Hammers to face up to Uni

THE sheer elation of a big win against Caloundra last weekend will spur the Gympie Hammers rugby union on side today when they face up to competition giant University.

Coach David Crowley said the task lying ahead for the team was mammoth against last season’s defending premiers.

“University has a winning culture and is very difficult to beat,” he said. “We’re in for a tough match.”

An early blow ahead of the big game is the loss of key player David Wellington, who has been called up for duties in the Sunshine Coast Stingrays squad.

“It’s great for David and the boys wished him well at training,” Crowley said.

“It’s unlucky for us because we really could have used him on the field for this match.”

To overcome University, Crowley said the Hammers had to remain focused on their own game plan.

“We have been putting in a lot of hard work and it is starting to bear fruit, particularly last weekend against Caloundra,” he said.

Consistency is the biggest hurdle haunting the Hammers on the playing paddock at the moment.

The team starts well but on numerous occasions has fallen victim to costly second half slumps.

While not a fitness issue, the metal toughness of the players is an area the coach is working on improving.

Reserve grade will be out of action today owing to a lack of numbers, but the Gympie A Grade side will play with a full bench. 

Gympie Times

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