Hammies con­fi­dent of an­other win against lowly Bel­lville

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - MIKE DE BRUYN

IT should be an­other easy day at the of­fice for Hamil­tons when they play Bel­lville in a Western Prov­ince Su­per League A match in Green Point to­day.

And a five-point haul will move the hosts up a few places to third on the standings, seven points adrift of log-lead­ers Dur­banville/Bel­lville.

Th­ese two open clubs seem set to slug it out for a place at next year’s Com­mu­nity Cup, which was for­merly the national club rugby cham­pi­onship.

But for Hammies to stake a mean­ing­ful chal­lenge will re­quire an un­beaten run over the next few weeks, in­clud­ing a match-up with Durb/Bell who they com­fort­ably beat in the first round.

“I’m pretty con­fi­dent we are on the right track,” said Hammies coach An­ton Mool­man.

“We dis­ap­pointed by los­ing away to neigh­bours SK Walmer in the re­turn leg af­ter win­ning the first, which set us back quite a bit. But we bounced back nicely to win two on the trot al­beit it against lower sides.”

Hammies cer­tainly hit the mark last week­end when they put nine tries past vis­it­ing Tyger­berg, the four-try bonus point clinched as early as the first half. Right wing Terry Jacobs cashed in with four five- point­ers as the home side scored 33 points in the sec­ond half to com­plete a run­away vic­tory.

Wor­ry­ing, though, for Mool­man is the fact that his charges let the op­po­si­tion run in four tries of their own.

“That’s ob­vi­ously some­thing we’ve looked at and worked on dur­ing the week, we have to be more de­fen­sively sound even if we are well ahead on the score­board,”Mool­man said.

“Hav­ing said that I must say we im­pressed with our fin­ish­ing when pre­sented with scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. Shane (Val­len­der) was ex­cel­lent in his first start as first re­ceiver, and the for­wards com­bined well with the backs to set the ball rolling for what was to come.”

For Bel­lville, who have won just two of their 11 matches to date, it is time to step up to the plate in their maiden sea­son in the top flight.

At times they have shown prom- ise as an all-round unit but have not done them­selves any favours with their poor fin­ish­ing in the score zone.

No doubt they will be look­ing to iron out de­fi­cien­cies with ball in hand and give the ball plenty of air to al­low for a lively back di­vi­sion to strike.

But whether they have the self­be­lief to re­alise a shock win re­mains to be seen. They’re up against a host side full of con­fi­dence and one just has to fear for their chances, es­pe­cially away from home.

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