Rugby Union - Gympie Hammers vs Nambour Toads Men - Scrum time
Rugby Union - Gympie Hammers vs Nambour Toads Men - Scrum time Leeroy Todd

IT IS ON: Gympie has a bone to pick with Nambour

RUGBY UNION: The Gympie Hammers clash against the Nambour Toads tomorrow night at Jack Stokes has more than mere victory at stake.

The two teams will clash for the Bone of Contention trophy, which Gympie claimed back earlier this year after a 12-year drought.

Rugby Union - Gympie Hammers vs Nambour Toads Men - Sean Cutler Hammers
Rugby Union - Gympie Hammers vs Nambour Toads Men - Sean Cutler Hammers Leeroy Todd

"We beat them (Toads) earlier this year 13-12 at Nambour to claim the trophy and we are not keen on letting it go,” Gympie Hammers president Jason McPherson said.

"It will be a strong battle and the best bunch of mates will win.”

Hammers and Toads have a close friendship off the field and over the years it has made this clash even better.

Rugby Union - Gympie Hammers vs Nambour Toads Men - Tom Leis Hammers
Rugby Union - Gympie Hammers vs Nambour Toads Men - Tom Leis Hammers Leeroy Todd

"Both clubs support each other, respect each other greatly, but the bragging rights are always there which adds to the battle,” he said.

"This could be the last time this year we play Nambour, so we are keen to hold on to it over the off-season.”

The Toads historically have been strengthened by their big forward pack but the Hammers have plenty of key men to swing the tide in Gympie's favour.

Rugby Union - Gympie Hammers vs Nambour Toads Men - Matt James Hammers
Rugby Union - Gympie Hammers vs Nambour Toads Men - Matt James Hammers Leeroy Todd

"Owen Dugdale will be looking for a great game after his third hat-trick last week. Our front row will need to be dominant,” he said.

"Tim Erbs, Sebastian Carvano and Campbell Handy need to set our set pieces right from the start.

Rugby Union - Gympie Hammers vs Nambour Toads Men - Daniel Huth
Rugby Union - Gympie Hammers vs Nambour Toads Men - Daniel Huth Leeroy Todd

"They are a big forward pack but our fitness will be a key factor of our game. If the boys have the same attitude against Noosa last weekend but if they buy into the backchat and team refereeing we will let ourselves down.”

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