Saturday was a big occasion at Stephan Way as we faced fellow title chasers Stellenbosch University. Continue reading Match Report: Hammies vs Maties 1st XV
The weather God’s played their part as they dished out a magnificent afternoon on Saturday for the top of the table clash between unbeaten rivals Hamilton’s and False Bay beckoned.
A real Southern Suburb humdinger was on the cards as the support and interest in the game swelled during the break. This showed as the crowd did not disappoint and poured in to watch and see who would retain the mantle of the only undefeated side in the Super League A. Continue reading Hammies Sink The Bay
It was a clinical performance in a hostile environment on Saturday as we took on our Green Point neighbours SKW at the track.
The players showed enormous maturity as they produced a magnificent first 25 minutes of running rugby.
Any animosity or belief that SKW had was dead and buried as we shifted the ball into the wide channels and punished the SKW defense.
Our pack were brilliant as they laid the platform dominating the set phases and rucks. Boeta Loubser impressed with ball carry’s while Henk Franken was a colossus in the broken play destroying rucks and creating turnover opportunities.
Flanker and Man of the Match Chris Cloete combined well with Gareth Rowe as they ruled the breakdown ensuring clean ball for our backs to exploit.
Earl Lewis , Janno Van Zyl , Chris Cloete and Shane Vallender crossed before half time putting the game out of SKW reach.
SKW scored on half time to give us a 22-7 lead at the break.
Monty Dumond had left his kicking boots at SACS early that day but despite that this his distribution and general game were on song as he created space for us out wide.
Shane Vallender had good outing at Full Back with his pace and timely incursions causing headaches for the SKW defence. Jandre Du Plessis distributed beautifully and was the pick of the backs on the day.
We made some changes and gave certain players a rest and tried one or 2 new combinations up front as we continue to prepare for what lies ahead which saw us struggle at scrum time.
Our counter attack was swift and deadly as we launched two second half trees from our 22m with Shane Vallender scoring after a neat break by Dustin Jinka had unleashed him on a solo 55m run in.
Jandre Du Plessis scored the 2nd after Skipper Gareth Rowe had breached the defense and offloaded to Du Plessis who had run an excellent support line.
SKW scored 2 tries from broken play but never got within striking distance losing out on any bonus points despite their endeavors.
It was fitting the Sebastian Ferreira rounded off the scoring after some controlled Slow ball management as it was his last game for Hamilton’s.He has signed a professional contract with Newcastle Falcon’s in the English Premiership and joins them in their preseason campaign this weekend.
We would like to wish him all the best for his season ahead and his career on a whole. He is a talented player who has bright future ahead of him, we will be watching your development going forward with pride.
Sebastian converted his own try as a good Second Rower should sealing the victory 41-19 another 5 points in the bag.
Well done Buggers we now focus on St Georges at home this Friday evening.
By Anton Moolman
A scintillating 1st half performance was what the Hamilton faithful were on hand to witness as we demolished a competitive UWC fresh from their Varsity Shield Campaign.
Last years narrow victory away was put to bed as we started with a sweeping movement off the kick off receipt.The ball was spread from touchline to touchline through multiple phases before Jano van Zyl scored the first of his four first half tries. Continue reading 13 Tries against UWC puts us top
Interesting outing on Saturday as we took on a a determined Primrose away from home at there home ground in Rosmead. Always an intimidating arena and it lived up to this with Hamiltons having to work exceptionally hard for the win. Continue reading Primrose vs Hammies 1st XV – Match Report
The SLA season kicked off with a potentially tough encounter out in Stellenbosch against Victorians.
The team had discussed area’s that we felt needed to be addressed in the build up and took a positive step in the right direction on Saturday. Continue reading 1st Team Gives Victorians 11 Of The Best
What a great end to the Tournament as we finally hit our straps and ran in 10 tries against Despatch at Rustenberg today securing 3rd spot in the Cell C Community Cup for the second year running. Continue reading Hammies vs Despatch – Community Cup 3rd Place Play-Off Images
Anton Moolman has named his side to take on Impala in Rustenberg for the Community Cup Semi Final at 4pm tomorrow. Continue reading Hamilton’s v Impala – Community Cup Semi Final Preview
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