Hammers take a hit from Uni team
FACING defending premiers University was always going to be a difficult mission for the Gympie Hammers rugby union outfit during their loss at the weekend.
The Hammers hit the road Saturday for the encounter and returned home with a 46-17 thumping.
Coach David Crowley said University demonstrated its strength on the field in executing the win but highlighted a depleted squad as a contributing factor to the loss.
“We didn’t have enough players in the end and that made life very difficult for us,” he said.
The Hammers were still in touch at half-time, trailing 12-3, but the loss of Sean Dickson with a hamstring injury saw what little sting the Gympie side had in its attack nullified.
Crowley said the impact was immediate.
“Our backline became very disorganised and against a side like University, they just stepped up and took advantage of the situation,” he said.
In the second half, as the score line blew out even further in favour of the home side, the Hammers found themselves continually exposed out wide.
Despite the best efforts of the Gympie boys to close the door, University played the ball up forward and took advantage of the lack of pace on the Hammers’ wings.
On the positive side, the Hammers enjoyed a quality first half and matched it with University in the scrums, which Crowley described as “fairly even”.
Scoring for Gympie were Ryan McLeod and Clinton Haywood tries whilke Andrew Rye continued his consistency with the boot, kicking two conversions and one penalty.
The injured Dickson will undergo medical assessment early this week with hopes his hamstring is a strain and not a tear.
The Hammers back up at home this weekend to reignite the long-running rivalry with the Fraser Coast Mariners.
Last time both sides met, Gympie won a tight clash in Hervey Bay.