OVER: Hamilton Hooker Chris Ale crashes over for a try in the Hawks’ 29-17 win at Passmore Oval on Saturday. Picture: Stewart HazellCO-COACH Trent Considine was adamant that Merewether had no-one to blame but themselves after they fell to their first loss of the Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union season, going down 29-17 to Hamilton at a soggy Passmore Oval on Saturday.

“We handed the game to them,” a blunt Considine said. “We turned over too much ball. Ateam like that is going to punish you when you cough up the ball in your own half. We just weren’t as clinical as we have been previously. They probably had 70 per cent of the ball and we had to do a lot of defending.”

The Greens, who had strung eight wins together, led 7-0 early and 10-3 midway through the first half.

However, they paid the price for a series of cheap turnovers as the Hawks scored 18 unanswered points to open a 21-10 advantage.

Hamilton storm home to end Merewether’s unbeaten run Sam Dart

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TweetFacebook NHRU Round 10Pictures: Stewart HazellSam Bright scored a brilliant try under the posts to get the Greens back in the game and change momentum with 10 minutes remaining.

“Weneeded someone to come up with a big play but it just didn’t happen,” Considine said.

The win moved the Hawks to 36 points, a point a drift of the Greens.

Nelson Bay moved to third spot after they accounted for Lake Macquarie 41-3at Walters Park.

Though beaten, it was a much improved performance from the Roos, who were bolstered by the inclusion of former North Harbour Rays Sione Ala andBrian Sefanaia. Lake Macquarie had conceded more than 110 points in each of the four previous games.

At No.2 Sportsground, Maitland were too strong for Wanderers 47-31, but the visitors nearly paid the price for a 10-minute lapse.

The Blacks led 19-12 at the break and and stretched the margin to 33-19 midway through the second half. However, the Two Blues hit back with three tries in seven minutes to close to 33-31.

But a turnover and penalty, put the Blacks back on the front foot and Carl Manu sliced through from close rangeto end the revival. Dan Runchel iced the game with a try from a charge down at the death.

Adrian Delore was the star with a double to lead Southern Beaches to a 42-35 triumph over Singleton at Ernie Calland Field and end a three game losing streak.

Newcastle rugby: Hamilton storm home to end Merewether’s unbeaten run