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1st XV Top Performers according to the stats

10 games in and coming off a solid win away at Pniel we have a week off before taking on SK Walmers at home on the 15th.

With just a handful of games left too as we challenge for the SLA title and Gold Cup inclusion we have a look at our top contributors this season. No real surprise in the numbers but there are a few stand outs Continue reading 1st XV Top Performers according to the stats

Bartels runs past Pniel

Hamilton SP-RFC disappointed after the surprise home loss against Tygerberg RFC a week ago wanted to prove why they are still top of the SLA log when they visited bottom of the league table, Pniel-Villagers RFC on Saturday. With several players out injured, Head Coach, Niekkie Viljoen ran the changes for this away outing. He gave 1st team debuts to the former Puma Scrumhalf, Johan Herbst and to the young talented Nathan Meilhon (Prop) who had returned from a season playing rugby in France. Harlon Klaassen also made a welcome return from the WP squad duties, while Luke van der Smit (Loose Forward) and Grant Muller (Hooker) returned from our Seccies. Continue reading Bartels runs past Pniel

Hamilton’s get five points for win at the Green Mile

2009 was the last time Hamilton SP-RFC beat UCT at the Green Mile when Alshaun Bock scored the winning try in the far corner in the last move of the game. Eight years has been a long wait for a Hammies victory as the class of 2017 outscored Ikeys by 5 tries to four for a fantastic 33 – 26 away win. Continue reading Hamilton’s get five points for win at the Green Mile

Hammies not at their best but still win convincingly….

Another week and Hamilton yet again loose two players – Loose Forward, Luke van der Smit who will be joining the elite at Hong Kong Rugby on a two year contract and Flanker, Christo van der Merwe who has been called up by Namibia for their international rugby fixtures while Fullback, Marlo Weich made an impressive debut against the SWD Eagles a week ago against WP. Your family at Hammies wish you all well in your ventures…. Continue reading Hammies not at their best but still win convincingly….

Solid away win puts Hammies back on Top!

The loss of Winger, Brandon Asher-Wood and Fullback; Marlo Weich who have both joined the SA Rugby 7’s Academy and the SWD Eagles respectively during this past week did not place any damper on the well-drilled Hamilton outfit.
They continued their good form with a solid 44 – 17 away win at Belhar RFC and this result has put Hamilton SP-RFC back on top of the SLA pile. Continue reading Solid away win puts Hammies back on Top!

Player Profile: Niel Stephen Cleghorn

Niel joined Hammies in 2013 after captaining Villager for 2 seasons

Fondest rugby memory: ‘Playing WP 7s for a couple of years and my dad watching me put the red and blue hoops on.’

An out and out loose forward but what many don’t know is he started off playing rugby at fly half…

Niel’s previous clubs have been Helderberg (’06) and Villager (’07-’12)  having captained the 1st XV from 2010-2012 Continue reading Player Profile: Niel Stephen Cleghorn

Hamilton go joint top after emphatic home win!

After three SLA fixtures, Hamilton SP-RFC are joint log leaders with False Bay RFC after an emphatic home win against NNK this past weekend. Once again the match was played in sweltering hot weather conditions in Green Point. Continue reading Hamilton go joint top after emphatic home win!

Away win that gave the home team something to shout about…

Match day two in the 2017 SLA was away outing against the much improved Brackenfell RFC. The game was played in sweltering hot weather conditions on a hard dry surface and this all because of the current drought that is crippling our beautiful Cape.

Head Coach, Niekkie Viljoen made two changes from the team that drew against False Bay. Greg van Jaarsveld (Hooker) returning from a calf injury after a short spell with the “Seccies”, got his first start of the season while Justin Moberly (Lock) made his debut after missing the season’s opener because of a bereavement in his family.  Jason Kriel (Centre) made his first start after playing off the bench against False Bay.  Continue reading Away win that gave the home team something to shout about…

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

Belhar Blues for 1st XV


The match at Hamiltons on Saturday was a humdinger as the game ebbed and flowed with both teams fighting for every meter they gained.
Belhar took on our pack and managed to neutralize our threat off set phase attack which forced the players to really pull together as they realised that they were in a battle against a side sitting in the top half of the SLA log.  Continue reading Belhar Blues for 1st XV