Newcastle rugby: University duo notch major milestones

MILESTONE: Sam Berry will play his 200th game for Uni. Picture: Stewart Hazell

MILESTONE: Sam Berry will play his 200th game for Uni. Picture: Stewart Hazell

SAM Berry will undoubtedly be the last man off the bus when University return from Singleton on Saturday night.

Win, lose or draw, the fly-half will rally the troops in typical Uni spirit. That is how it has been for more than a decade.

Berry will notch his 200th game for the Students when he runs out in first grade.

“Bez has been there through the good times when they were making grand finals and he has been through the hard times and has kept fronting up,” coach Mark O’Brien said.

It is also a milestone day for tight-head prop Scott Hamilton, who will play his 100th first grade game.

Hamilton has helped turn the Students scrum into the best in the competition.

“Scotty is a really strong scrummager but the other parts of his game are under-rated,” O’Brien said. “He is not a big block-busting front-rower, but he is low to the ground and gets over the advantage line. ‘

University are fresh from an upset win over Maitland and are out to finish the season with a flurry.

“The first round, except a blow out against Wanderers, we were very close to teams,” O’Brien said. “There were a number of new guys in the team and in the early rounds we couldn’t close out games.  We have picked up nine bonus points this year and think we had two bonus points last year. The wins aren’t on the board but we are closing the gap. It was good to get the win and we want to close off the season on a high.”