Season's first hit
THE Gympie Hammers ran in 10 tries to one as they hit the ground running against the Kevin Kevinson Invitational XV on Saturday afternoon.
New Hammers recruits, Ricki-Lee Hasnip and Sean Dixon, had a field day as they scored two tries each in the trial match played at White’s Gully.
The English outside backs said they enjoyed being out on the paddock playing with their new team mates. “I’m very impressed with the lads’ fitness – they have obviously put in a lot of hard work in the pre-season,” Hasnip said.
“It was good to see the team’s starting point – the forwards stuck together and the backs got a lot of ball.
“Our support play was really good as well. Every time we scored there were three or four Gympie Hammers there in support.”
“It was a nice game for the lads to blow out any cobwebs,” Dixon said.
“I think they only broke through our backline once, which isn’t good enough, but not bad for the first hit out of the year.
“We scored more tries in one game than all of last year, so that is a big confidence boost for the team.
“Hopefully, the lads start to really believe in themselves and we get some good numbers to training so we can keep the momentum up.”
Hammers coach Dave Crowley said he was quite happy with the way his team played, but knew there were a lot of areas to be improved.
“For the most part they stuck to the game plan,” Crowley said.
“I think we lost our structure there a couple of times, but I guess you expect that in your first match of the year.
“I am very happy with the fitness levels – the boys have been very dedicated in the pre-season.
“We did bomb about five tries though, so we need to work on that."
Crowley said he spoke to the opposition after the game and they thought the Hammers’ backs were slick, but the forwards were a bit soft.
“That isn’t a long-term problem, we’ll address that at training.”
The Hammers’ next trial will be this weekend against Hervey Bay.