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Hammers stung by first half slip

The Hammers came close to victory against Caboolture at the weekend despite trailing 23-0 at half time.
The Hammers came close to victory against Caboolture at the weekend despite trailing 23-0 at half time. Submitted

A HORROR first half proved costly for the Gympie Hammers rugby union team in its home game defeat to Caboolture at the weekend.

Playing on a slick Albert Park field in wet conditions Saturday, the Hammers went down valiantly 26-23.

Trailing 23-0 at half time, the Hammers didn’t drop their heads in the second half. Instead, the side fired up and reeled off four tries to give Caboolture a genuine fright.

Coach David Crowley said the loss was disappointing but there was plenty to take away from the match. “We weren’t able to walk away with the win, but we won the second half and bounced back after the first half,” he said.

The first half saw the Hammers start slowly before being stung by two injuries when five eighth John Kelly and fullback Chris Pearce were forced off the field.

The Hammers play at home this weekend against Caloundra at 3pm.

Gympie Times