Hammies, Durb/bell in mouth­wa­ter­ing clash

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

FOL­LOW­ERS of lo­cal club rugby should pop in to Green Point to­day to watch hosts Hamil­tons take on Dur­banville/Bel­lville in a top-ofthe-ta­ble Western Prov­ince Su­per League A clash.

It will be a crack­ing af­fair de­spite the wet con­di­tions be­tween two sides vy­ing for a seat at the next edi­tion of the Com­mu­nity Cup. Durb/Bell sit in pole po­si­tion with 44 points from 11 rounds, fol­lowed by Hammies on 41.

The first round meet­ing be­tween the two sides ended with Hammies scor­ing four late tries to seal a 48-3 away win.

“The boys hit their straps in that one,” said coach An­ton Mool­man. “We scored seven tries in to­tal, which was pleas­ing, and we played 80-minute rugby, an­other pleas­ing as­pect.”

Vic­tory was cen­tred around a hard-work­ing pack get­ting to grips with a heav­ier op­po­nent, while the backs shone in open play.

For Durb/Bell, it was a shock­ing, high-scor­ing de­feat at home. They have re­bounded well, ac­cord­ing to coach Jan Loub­ser. “We’ve won nine of 11 games and top the standings, a pleas­ing set of re­turns with an in­ex­pe­ri­enced squad. We lost many play­ers from last sea­son for var­i­ous rea­sons, but still we are able to be com­pet­i­tive,” Loub­ser said. “We came up short against Hammies first time round, but this time we aim to make a fist of it. The goal is the Com­mu­nity Cup.”

Durb/Bell may be a bit on the rusty side fol­low­ing a three-week break from play.

Not so for Hammies, they’ve won four con­sec­u­tive games.

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