HAMILTON coach Scott Coleman will spend the next fortnight working on execution after a stuttering Hawks came from behind to grind down a gallant Merewether 14-10 at Passmore Oval on Saturday.
The win, albeit scrappy, secured a third straight minor premiership for the Hawks.
As a result, they will have a rest in the opening weekend of the finals.
“We have limped through the whole year and have played only four or five good games,”Coleman said. “We just can’tclick at the right times. We are still relying a lot on our scrum. We have to sort the other facets of our game out. Our execution was poor. Four times we had five-on-two and delivered a poor pass.”
Merewether’s bonus point for finishing within seven points of Hamilton was enough to hold on to fifth place.
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facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappcommentComments Lake Macquarie, could have leap-frogged Merewether into fifth with a bonus point win over the Bay had the Greens not picked up a point.
The Roosled the Gropers 31-30 with a minute remaining.However, the home side were awarded a penalty try after Chad Northcott was held back chasing his own chip kick.
Gropers coach Adam Edwards thought the indiscretion was worth a penalty but said it was debatable whether Northcott would have scored.
In the end, it wouldn’t have mattered. Had Merewether and Lake Macquarie finished equal on points, the Greens would have advanced due to superior percentage.
Merewether will meet a confident Maitland in the elimination final after the Blacks upset Wanderers 29-17 at Marcellin Park.
The home side led 22-0 at half-time. Wanderers got back to 22-17 before a late try sealed the win for the Blacks.
The Two Blues will meet Southern Beaches in the major semi-final. Beaches warmed up for the clash with a comprehensive 53-23 win over Singleton at Rugby Park.
In the match that had no bearing on the finals, University won a try-fest with the Waratahs 57-33 at Bernie Curran Oval.