Apologies for the delay in the match report chaps, Hayward did attempt to write it but found typing with his claw hand and fat fingers challenging. I would cite meetings and intense business and budget plans as an excuse but in all honesty it was a lunch with 2 players (no names mentioned but one is a serious fish and the other, a front rower, has a surname relating to a beer cooler) that delayed the writing of this report. However, it must be said that Entrecote produce a very good steak and I would recommend the Malbec!
Lloyd’s RFC took on CitiGroup on a very cold evening at Charlton Park last week Wednesday. This was a repeat of the last year’s final and CitiGroup were very eager to make amends.
Lloyd’s started strongly and dominated the breakdown and pushed Citi Group back in the tackles and it was great to see some big hits on the evening which disrupted a lot of CitiGroup’s momentum. The backrow combination of Holmes, Clarke and Wagstaff put in notable first half performances making their presence felt all around the park.
After having the majority of the possession it was only a matter of time until wing Elliott Freer crossed the line for his first of the evening. Tom Gregory duly converted.
Lloyd’s played some superb champagne-esque rugby straight from the kick-off and some brilliant interchange left Kieron Bowling just short of the opposition line, the ball was recycled quickly and it was the “worrier” Tom Gregory who saw a gap that he just managed to get his thighs through and he danced his way over the try line and then also added the extra’s (show off)!
The tight 5 dominated the scrums and lineout’s and with the back row providing quick ball the backline was able to send the ball wide which provided a number of midfield breaks and soon Elliot Freer crashed his way over the line to register his second of the evening and again the extra’s came from the very reliable boot of Gregory.
Lloyd’s were in a very commanding 21-0 lead going into the turn but unfortunately CitiGroup could not provide a front row in the second half so we had to resort to uncontested scrums.
After a clean take at the restart, Lloyd’s again launched an attack into the opposing half and Guy “Wendy” House crossed the line and dotted down under the posts providing Gregory with an easy conversion opportunity.
The replacements came thick and fast and unfortunately, coupled with the uncontested scrums, the momentum was slightly disrupted with a few players having to play out of position although it was amusing to see Rob “Bobby Beaver” Weaver take up a position in the second row and its probably also fair to say that Peter Clarkes line-out jumping days are over.
CitiGroup enjoyed much of the second half possession and assisted by a few missed tackles, ran in 22 unanswered points. It must be noted that Lloyd’s fought all the way to the final whistle keeping the pressure on and made CitiGroup work hard for their points. We had a number of opportunities to score in the second half but sadly a few decisions went against us and the score ended 28-22 in favour of Lloyd’s.
Thank you to all those players who made themselves available, it was great to see a healthy number of lads turning up to play after the disappointing turnout against JP Morgan and it was good to see everyone get a run out. It was also good to see the return of club stalwart Chris Ritchie who made a very notable impact on the game leading with his head as always and knocking a few unsuspecting CitiGroup boys back in the tackles and it was also good to see that he was leading in the charge in the bar afterwards….which I believe lasted well into the evening.
During the game it was also discovered that James Williams is undoubtedly the Grumpiest/Angriest man in the squad and his attempts to mountaineer over one of the Citi Group players suggests he might be in training for an assault on Everest in the near future. It also happens to be his birthday last week so Happy Birthday Old Chap. I’m sure you will be providing details of where the celebration drinks will be taking place shortly.
Oh and if anyone saw the sniper that shot Alex “Smiler” MacLennan in the ankle please let us know. He said he fell in a pot hole but it was definitely a sniper.
Details of the next fixture will be sent out closer to the time.