Newcastle rugby: Hawks skipper to return from broken arm in third grade

COMEBACK: Hamilton captain Steve Lamont returns from a broken arm in the Hawks' lower grades on Saturday. Picture: Simone De Peak
COMEBACK: Hamilton captain Steve Lamont returns from a broken arm in the Hawks' lower grades on Saturday. Picture: Simone De Peak

HAMILTON coach Scott Coleman just wants to see Steve Lamont rip in.

Lamont flies in Friday from Mexico, where he has been at his brother’s wedding, and will make his return from a broken arm off the bench in the Hawks’ lower-grade preliminary finals. His last hit out was against Maitland on July 8.

“I just want him to get into the contact and test his arm out,” Coleman said. “He will play half a game in thirds and the same in seconds. It doesn’t matter whether it is at breakaway or hooker. Once he gets through that, we will go from there”.

The Hawks have already booked a place in the first-grade grand final. Lamont has won four premierships and been man-of-the-match in two.

“He is a big-game player but it is going to be hard to drop anyone out,” Coleman said. “There are selection headaches all over the place which is a good thing.”

* Liam Faughlin will play second grade for Hamilton on Saturday as he awaits a visa for Scotland where he has been offered a training contract with their international sevens program.

* Scott Coleman has mapped out an intensive program to ensure the Hawks are spot on for the grand final. They have a contact session Thursday, and a 90-minute training session Saturday followed by a game against Eastern Districts, who are in the divisional grand final. Easts are led by former Hamilton premiership winner Tom Bluegum.

* Maul and All understands the Anderson Medal is shaping as the closest contest in years. The winner will be presented at the Hawthorne Club grand final lunch.