Hammies-“Seccies” end season on a big high!

Hammies-“Seccies” Coaching staff were devastated by the defeats against False Bay (15-3), Maties (20-19), UCT (13-10) and Belhar (22-19). This especially after losing our last three (3) games by a total margin of 7 points (average of 2.33 points per game).

Spirits had to be lifted when we travelled to Florida Park to playing the last of our 5 league matches in 21 days (after the mid-season break) at Tygerberg RFC in the SLA – 2.  To make matters worse, we lost ten of our regular players to injuries and also to our first team!

Tygerberg 2nd team had produced some good results and close losses during their campaign, but are not going to forget Hammies-“Seccies” for a long time. After taking an early penalty kick lead, Tygerberg RFC then experienced the backlash effect of a Hamilton SP RFC onslaught that was something to behold. A Penalty goal and Nineteen (19) tries later of which 12 were converted, Tygerberg 2nd team suffered their worst defeat in years by going down to Hammies-“Seccies” by 124 – 3.

Stand-in Captain, Blackie Buthelezi lead from the front with an excellent performance that included 2 tries. Returning from illness, winger Ryan Johnson started the rot with some brilliant running by scoring a hat-trick of tries in the first half and outside Centre, Monre Lingeveldt who got one of his few starts this season also weighed in with a good performance and scored 3 tries. Fullback, Angelo Nelson eventually got on the score sheet this season with a couple of tries and so did winger, Iewan Bartels.

My Man of the Match, Loose-head Prop, Bantu Mene produced a top class performance with a high work rate, strong running and an inspirational try from just inside the Tygerberg half by outsprinting all of the cover defence.

Other try scorers were Eighthman, Enoch Panya, Hooker, Robbie Trueman, Inside Centre, Chad Moolman, substitutes – Jason Poleman and Daniel McKensie. Irishman and Flanker, Paul Maxwell also scored a try and a conversion in his last game for Hammies-“Seccies” before returning to Ireland for the British rugby season. Thanks and well done – IRISH!

Flyhalf, Lohan Lubbe who has started in the no. 10 jersey in all of Hammies-“Seccies” fourteen league matches converted 11 tries and kicked a penalty for a personal haul of 25 points in the game. He has also ended the season by scoring a total of 169 points in 14 matches at an average of 17.2 points per game.

Undefeated and leading the SLA – 2 Log before the break after 9 games, Hammies-“Seccies” should now end either 4th or 5th in the 2015 season. Looking back on the season, perhaps a bit more luck, time been called short on several occasions by referees, some disappointing and poor referee decisions and also perhaps a bit of “Irish luck”  – the season could have ended a lot different for a very good quality Hammies-“Seccies”. Well done Boys – proud of you!

Final Hurdle Away At Tygerberg

Our final league fixture finished on a positive note against a strong Tygerberg team who had held Maties to a narrow 17-14 win the week before.

We played some exciting rugby as we ran from all corners but let ourselves down as our finishing was not up to the standards that we had set earlier this season.

We again outscored our opponents 3 tries to 1 with Shane Vallender and Morgan Newman in good form as we let the ball work for us.

We knocked on twice with the try line beckoning and could have scored 2 more had we been more ruthless with our finishing efforts.

Another bonus point slipped away but a good win away from from home 24-10

By Anton Moolman

Bouncing Back Against Belhar

Another 3 day turn around saw us travel out to Belhar on Saturday as we looked to bounce back from consecutive defeats.

A strong forward performance coupled with resolute defence saw us defeat a strong Belhar team in front of a vocal home crowd.

Caleb Rightford and Neil Cleghorn were superb as they took the fight to to a rampant Belhar pack and gradually gained the ascendancy.

We should have sealed the game  earlier however Belhar where efficient at the breakdown and  slowed and turned ball over in the first half.

Once we had addressed this we finished strongly outscoring them 3 tries to 1 to win 24 -15.

By Anton Moolman

UCT End Our Title Hopes

After having to recover from our first loss to Stellenbosch on the Saturday our turn around time to face UCT was 3 days which proved to be our down fall as we fell away in the second half at the Green Mile on Wednesday night.

After leading 7-0 at half time the students opened up the game and capitalised on a yellow card received and exploited our defence scoring 2 tries in the process as the they raced to a 21 -7 lead with time running running out.

We managed to pull one try back but a penalty by UCT ruled out any potential bonus points as we went down 24-14

Not a great day the office as we let ourselves down and effectively lost touch with the possibility of winning the league.

 

By Anton Moolman

Hard Pill to swallow as “Seccies” go down in thriller!

Within a space of eight days, Hammies-“Seccies” suffer two shock defeats at home to False Bay and Maties in matches they could have won. After been dominant before the mid-season break, we find ourselves in a situation that we have to win our remaining three away games with a bonus point in each to possible win the SLA – 2. Continue reading Hard Pill to swallow as “Seccies” go down in thriller!