Category Archives: Derby Day

Hamilton power to victory in the 140th Derby

Match day three in the Hamilton SP-RFC preseason preparations continued with a powerful victory against Villager in the 140th Derby Day match and in doing so retained the “Friendship” trophy.

Villager RFC did their level best to retain possession from numerous pick and ruck movements throughout the game by starving possession from the much fancied Hamilton outfit. Unfortunately they were constantly outplayed and struggled to cross the advantage line. With this tactic, they often lost possession and were punished by the terrific running game Hamilton’s produced in match. Hamilton SP RFC 1st team ran out convincing winners by 73 – 14 in this home derby fixture. Continue reading Hamilton power to victory in the 140th Derby

Seccies dominate Derby Day fixture

The long awaited Derby clash eventually took place on Saturday afternoon at Stephan Way after many frustrating years in limbo. Hamilton RFC 2 nd team won comfortably 57-0.

Paddy Holman brought back the years with a sterling performance at 8 th man for Hamiltons before limping off injured. He shared man of the match award with Storm Winter who showed great skills and pace, scoring a hat trick of tries.

This match was a game of 2 very different halves. The first half was riddled with handling errors from both sides which prevented the game from having any fluidity. Once the dust had settled and we managed to get through a few phases we started breaking the Village defence.
Village were no match for us at set pieces which we dominated throughout the game. Assiduous flankers Dean Basson and Louw Langevelt were a handful for the opposition at ruck time.

Hamiltons led 21-0 at half time.

With the wind at their back, a much more direct and focused Hammies side produced a better second half performance. They managed to retain possession, cut down on infringements and reduce unforced errors. This enabled them to play to their structures, resulting in 6 more tries being scored. Hamilton’s defence held strong, not allowing their try line to be breached when Village showed some resilience.

Talented Regardt Louw and Wynand MaClachlan again advanced their reputations of players to watch this year with solid all round outings. Our captain for the day Walter Smit had a good performance controlling the game in the mid field.

Lots more hard work and planning is needed when Hamiltons host Brackenfell on Saturday for their last friendly match before the league starts.

Try scorers: Storm Winter (3), Walter Smit, Jacques Oosthuisen, Johan de Kock, Range Kote, Wynand Maclachlan, Tristan Cramer

Conversions: Walter Smit 6


3rd XV Derby Day Match Report

The 140 th Derby Day kicked off with the 3rd teams locking horns in pleasant but windy conditions on Saturday. Hammies made the early running and quickly settled into a decent rhythm against a fired up Villager.
After some nice interplay Jason Poleman stepped through to open the scoring under the posts.

Continue reading 3rd XV Derby Day Match Report

Derby Day 2017

The 140th Derby Day is tomorrow with a full house of fixtures and entertainment on the cards. With this fixture dating back to the 1800’s it deserves all the spotlight

We took the opportunity to rejuvenate a few other competitions that the sides shared. This year saw the return of Darts, Cricket and Golf which were all a great success as we know the main event will be. Continue reading Derby Day 2017

Hamilton 1st team take a humbling win away at False Bay

Preseason preparation for the upcoming WP SLA rugby season continued as Hamilton SP RFC 1st team squad travelled to the Bay on Saturday 11 March 2017 after an impressive 33-14 mid-week win against an Argentina 1st Division Club – Biblioteca Mariano Moreno.

Taking on the 2016 Champions was always going to be a tough one, though Hammies were the only club to take points off False Bay in last year’s pulsating draw at the Bay. With 10 senior players not available due to injury, Head Coach – Niekkie Viljoen and his staff selected a very solid 25 man squad for this friendly outing. Continue reading Hamilton 1st team take a humbling win away at False Bay

Rivalry Reignited – Hammies vs Villager

This evening sees the two oldest clubs compete in the oldest club derby game this Country has. It has been 3 long years since we were able to compete against Villagers in the league and in that time it was only Derby Day games for the bragging rights.
May 8th 2015 however is a different game. We compete for SLA points as both sides fight it out in the top Western Province Club competition

There is no doubting both clubs want a full house of wins but a 5 pointer for the first side would be the cherry on the top.

1st XV:
Both Hammies and Village have played 3 games so far as we sit in 3rd spot and our visitors in 6th. A win for us will put us top of the log with a 2 or 3 point lead and on the same amount of games as UCT & Maties.

2nd XV:
Our seconds are unbeaten this year and will comfortably take top spot on the league as they face a Villager 2nd XV with only one win from their 3 games. We have a number of players coming back from injuries and other lay off’s and have named a very strong side.

3rd XV:
Villagers sit 3 points adrift of our 3rd side who even with a bonus point win will sit in 2nd spot on the table behind Maties. Our third side have a lot of bonus points to get as catch up for the game that we drew against Vic’s in the opening fixture.

u20 XV:
Our under 20’s are a sight to behold this season as they have scored a whopping 198 points in 3 games and are yet to concede any. Villager u20 have 1 win from their 3 games and will no doubt push our youngsters  – Here is to another clean sheet gents