Hammies seek five points to stay on course for place in Com­mu­nity Cup

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

IT should be an­other easy day at the of­fice for Hamil­tons when they visit Bel­har in a Western Prov­ince Su­per League A clash to­day.

A 21-try haul from two pre­vi­ous fix­tures sees 2009 cham­pi­ons Hammies well placed in third on the 10team log.

A full-house points haul ap­pears to be a fore­gone con­clu­sion for the Green Point-based team. Bel­har have won just two of 11 matches played, and are sec­ond bot­tom on the log.

“We won’t ar­rive think­ing we have the five points in the bag – that would be court­ing disas­ter,” said Hammies coach An­ton Mool­man.

“One has to re­spect any ri­val in this league. But I must say the play­ers have played great rugby since the loss to our fierce derby ri­vals SK Walmer in the sec­ond round.

“We have scored plenty of tries and the aim is to con­tinue that.”

Five points would see Hammies leapfrog Maties into sec­ond, just two points be­hind Dur­banville/Bel­lville, their next op­po­nents.

“It is cru­cial we score the bonus­point win in or­der to put pres­sure on Durb/Bell,” Mool­man said.

“It would mean we are back in the hunt to chal­lenge for league hon­ours and a place in the Com­mu­nity Cup (for­merly known as the national club rugby cham­pi­onships).”

With the two Var­sity Cup sides Maties and UCT no longer able to play in the Com­mu­nity Cup, it seems a straight shootout be­tween Hammies and Dur­banville/Bel­lville.

“Our goal at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son was to end the SLA ei­ther as cham­pi­ons or the lead­ing open club, and we’re on the right track,” said Mool­man. “But to achieve our goal we have to keep on win­ning.”

As for the hopes of Bel­har, there is not much of a chance if they con­tinue to play the way they have been do­ing.

There have been oc­ca­sional signs of prom­ise, but hav­ing lost eight games from 11, there is lit­tle hope of an up­set for the home side. To­day’s fix­tures Su­per League A: Bel­har v Hamil­tons Su­per League B: Kuils River v Ham­lets; Good­wood v NNC; Brack­en­fell v Vil­lager

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