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Hammies 3rds dig deep & hold onto top spot!

There was a real tension in the air as two unbeaten 3rd teams gathered on a near perfect day for Rugby at Hamilton on Saturday.

The early kick off {1 pm} saw two giants of 3rd team Rugby face up for what was always going to be a real test of character and preparedness.

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Mackenzie does it again the 3rds power past Tygerberg

Long serving Hammies centre Dan Mackenzie really does enjoy a home a fixture and on Saturday it showed as he produced yet again for the 3rds with no less than 4 tries in a single match.

This is not the first time we have seen Dan with a nose for the try line, but this past week against Tygerberg he was a bulldozer personified and at his very best. Well played man of the match Dan!

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Player Profile: Mncedisi Joni

Mikey has been at Hammies for 5 years, joining us in 2012. Schooled at IQhayiya Senior Secondary School the hard working flanker has also played for Blue Jets as well as Stellenbosch U19

Greatest Rugby Memory:
“Playing Sevens in Malaysia for  Stellenbosch Under 19”

Rugby Journey:
“Ever since i started playing rugby at high school I always wanted to play at a  higher level, like Stormers and Springboks. I have been in few trials and played in Legends Cup tournament for Juniors at school.”

Mikey has had an incredible journey with Hammies in the past few seasons and has grown immensely as a player. He is a senior and vital part of the 3rd XV and slips seamlessly into the 2nds when needed.

Mike Joni is hard working flanker that enjoys the physical side of the game. A good defender at close quarters and strong ball carrier. Mike has a high work rate at ruck time and is always prepared to do the dirty work for which ever team he is selected. Mike is a regular stand out forward and continues to grow as a player at Hammies with consistent  performances each week. – Barry Herbert 3rd Team Manager

Recent News:

May 8 ’17:        Joni and Poleman star in 3rds win
April 25 ’17:    3rd XV bag biggest win of the day against NNK
April 3 ’17:       3rds with opening season win over the Bay

Joni and Poleman star in 3rds win

Hammies 3rds were made to work hard for a bonus point win at home on Saturday. Newly promoted Uni Mil made the short trip down the West Coast road and arrived with plenty of intent. Cooler but near perfect weather for rugby suited both sides.  Continue reading Joni and Poleman star in 3rds win

3rd team get the biggest win of the day against NNK

Hammies 3rds had a comfortable win against the usually highly physical and competitive NNK at Hammies on Saturday. This weekend that simply was not the case with Hammies running in no less than 11 tries.
Once again hot and dry conditions {seems to be a theme so far this season} greeted the players who were keen and ready as always for a home fixture.  Continue reading 3rd team get the biggest win of the day against NNK

3rd XV with an opening season win over the Bay

Hammies 3rds powered their way to a hard fought 20 -7 victory over False Bay at Hamilton on Saturday.

On a dry warm day, the conditions were really good for running rugby and Hammies 3rd’s delivered a  big win for the club over the 2016 league champions.

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3rds grind tough win against newly promoted Brackenfell

Hammies 3rds clinched another bonus point win on Saturday against newly promoted Brackenfell.

Having already seen off  Brakkies in a friendly a few weeks earlier, Hamiltons started well and piled on the early pressure. The pre game plan was to pin a strong and competitive Brakkies pack back in their own half and to use the windy conditions effectively.
Tactically this proved sound and the good field position lead to early tries with Hammies running in 3 quick tries and conceding one in the 1st half.
Flyhalf Dylan Dawson rounded off a fine team try to open the scoring in the 5th minute. Thereafter, Hammies exposed the Brakkies defence several times with good handling and the found space out wide for the backs with Dylan Fairbridge and Daniel MacKenzie dotting down.
Pick of the 1st half action was big lock Riaan Lategan running down the touch line at full pace to score a cracker in the corner.
No 8 Mike Joni enjoyed a solid return to 3rds after doing duty for the 2nds and can be satisfied with his first full game in a few weeks.
The 2nd half was not nearly as fluid and Hammies became their own worst enemies trying to run themselves out of deep trouble only to concede numerous penalties. It seemed like ground hog day for while as this pattern repeated itself with the home side failing to clear their lines and ending up on the own try line defending line out after line out. Cool heads went absent for a while as Hammies flirted with disaster.
The ref didn’t allow the 2nd half to flow as the penalties piled up for both sides and Brakkies came back into the game with a better showing to their credit.
Hamiltons backs proved the difference with a superb individual scores. Firstly by replacement centre Wybrand deKok after an excellent chase and gather by winger Sia Poswa. Soon thereafter Dan MacKenzie put the game to rest for a 2nd week in a row another late try. This time a 5O m intercept showing a clean pair of heals. Finally, Dylan Fairbridge found himself in some space from a good base centre scrum and bamboozled the Brakkies defenders with a magnificent step and go to dot down under the posts.
No sooner had Hammies taken control, but they leaked 2 very quick tries through some ill discipline and poor communication.
In the end it was a good bonus point win, so we can feel happy about  the 6 tries.
Going forward,  defending the counter attack and exit of the red zone under pressure are the noticeable areas for improvement.
View images from the match here

Hammies 36 Brackenfell 22

TRY SCORERS:
 
Dylan Dawson, Dylan Fairbridge (2), Daniel MacKenize (2) & Rian Lategan 
 
Conversions:
 
Dylan Fairbridge (3)
By Barry Herbert

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