Pics from the final pool game of the 2015 Community Cup. Evergreens made the trip from George and it was a rough game with a win for either side pushing them into the Quarter Finals and a loss knocking them out. We ran out 45-21 victors on the day. Continue reading Hamilton’s vs Evergreens RFC – Match Pics
Hamilton’s took the long drive out to Boland Park in Worcester on Saturday to face an extremely motivated One Logix Worcester Villagers in front of a partisan crowd that swelled to more than 3000 spectators before kick off.
With bands blaring , crowds shouting and commentators on the PA system motivating the home team, Villagers could not manage a win as we showed the composure needed to take a full house of 5 points in an epic club rugby nail biter.
The entire game ebbed and flowed as Hamilton’s scored 3 well constructed tries. The first by Pierre Cronje, who enjoyed a great day on attack and defence, after the team had taken the ball through numbers phases which started from a neat Jody Burch break.
The second was a clinical line out move with some neat play between Andy Coetzee and Henk Franken seeing the latter crash over from five meters out.
Jano Van Zyl rounded off the half after a neat grubber kick from Cronje allowed him to chase and gather. Monty Dumond converted all 3 to give us a 21 points.
Our problem was simple, we lacked concentration at vital times with some poor defensive lapses which allowed Villagers to score 3 of their own tries to make it 21 all at the half.
The second half turned out to be a massive challenge as Worcester Villagers took an early lead one that they held until the 78th minute of the game as we chased the elusive win.
Substitutions provided the spark that we were looking for with Flanker Marnus Coetzee sprinting clear from our try line to finally see Jano Van Zyl touch down after Pierre Cronje and Scrumhalf Andy Coetzee worked the blind.
Another neat change in direction form Coetzee and Cronje saw Shane Vallender (replacement 10) burst free to unleash the bullocking Craig Pheiffer over in the corner.
During this spell Villager kept increasing their points tally through some intelligent options which laid the platform for a breathtaking final 5 minutes.
We now had four u21’s in our pack of forwards. The boys were concentrating and fully focused as we showed that we can absorb pressure , crowd atmosphere and niggle as we marched closer to their try line.
Henk Franken who had a massive game along with Francois Hanekom and Greg Van Jaarsveldt pulled the youngsters together as we stripped Villagers of the ball and started to pick and drive. Young Francois Esterhuizen showed enormous strength as he handed off, bumped another and finally reached out to score the final five pointer. Earl Lewis converted to put us in front by 41-35 with a minute remaining.
Sebastian Ferreira took the ensuing kick off with aplomb as he towered above the desperate and fanatical chasers. We set up the breakdown and booted the ball into touch to clinch the victory we needed.
This was another step up from the Wanderers game where the players showed great character to pull off a magnificent win away from home.
The win was made so much sweeter when one looks at the results of the past weekend where many upsets are caused by minnows at home with fanatical crowds and highly motivated teams proving to be too much of a hurdle for the likes of Durban Collegians , Wanderers, College Rovers and Despatch.
With a us having a buy this weekend and the rest of our pool playing we will know exactly what needs to be done in our final fixture against Evergreens at home on the 21st of March as we look to secure our place in Rustenberg over Easter.
One Logix United Bulk Villagers Worcester (21) 35
Tries: Jowayne van Wyk, Ricardo Jones (2), Wayne Wilschut, Yrin Belelie.
Conversions: Nazeem van Sitters (5)
Hamilton Sea Point RFC (21) 41
Tries: Pierre Cronje, Janno van Zyl (2), Henk Franken, Francois Esterhuyzen, Craig Pheiffer.
Conversions: Monty Dumond (3), Earl Lewis.
Penalty: Janno van Zyl
By Head Coach – Anton Moolman
It was a tough game to say the least and Wanderers came out all guns blazing from the get go. Here are some of the game highlights from SuperSport.
With a 10 minute training session on Thursday and from only 12 players that made themselves available, Hamilton SP RFC fielded a team in the Helderberg RFC – Extreme Sevens on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 February 2015. Continue reading Hammies 7’s team loose in quarter-finals after a sensational draw
With less than a day to go to our second Community Cup fixture for 2015 we can have a brief look at what to look forward to at our first competitive home game of the season. Continue reading Hammies vs Wanderers – Preview
With the Cell C Community Cup in full swing we take the time to look back to last season where we took on Shumba Ferros Rugby Club.
Below is the entire episode 4 of the SuperSport magazine show dedicated to the Community Cup from last season. (If you want to shoot through to the Hammies game it is just after the 11 minute mark…)
After a tough weekend away we turn our attention to our first home game and it is up against Wanderers Rugby Football Club. It was initially scheduled for 16h00 but due to it being televised we needed to bring it forward to 14h30.
The Community Cup and 2015 season got off to a bang last weekend as the Hamilton 1st XV took the Great Trek up to Kathu in the Northern Cape.
An early start on Friday morning saw the boys depart Cape Town at 6 am as we took the first leg to Kimberly on SAA only to arrive to a bus that was experiencing technical issues. Our delay was just on 3 hours before we finally left on the road to our hotel in Kathu. Continue reading Sishen v Hammies – Match Report
It is two days before our first Community Cup game of the 2015 season and the the evening before we travel. There is a long road to travel, literally and figuratively but there is one thing we are guaranteed of doing, and that is travelling it together.
The Annual Cape Town 10’s has come and gone and what a fantastic weekend it was. We have been the proud venue of this great event since inception 7 years ago. The one thing that has eluded us was a title but this year, we hoped would a a little different. Continue reading Cape Town 10’s 2015 Recap: