On Wednesday evening Lloyd’s RFC were pitted against JP Morgan at Esher Rugby Club to kick-off the city league season and defence of their title.
After a successful AGM full of new and old faces, some complimentary beers laid out by the club and the initial response of players making themselves available for this fixture, Lloyd’s were confident that they would get the season off to a winning start.
However, after no less that 7 drop outs we took to the field slightly mismatched with some key positions being filled by players willing enough to play out of position against a JP Morgan side featuring a former premiership player and strangely a British and Irish lion.
Unfazed Lloyd’s attacked from the kick-off with captain James Williams leading by example with some good hits and controlled play.
Lloyd’s were rewarded with a penalty in front of the opposition’s posts which was duly converted by Guy “Wendy” House.
JP Morgan made some telling runs pushing the Lloyd’s team deep into their half which resulted in a penalty which drew the scores level and shortly after their sustained pressure resulted in a try which was unconverted.
Lloyd’s had a chance to reduce the deficit towards the end of the first half with a penalty which unfortunately we were unable to convert.
The second half provided some great running rugby from both teams but it was JP Morgan who opened the scoring with a penalty to take their lead to 11-3.
Lloyd’s were down to 14 men after a fairly harsh infringement call but did exceptionally well not to concede any points during that period.
Never giving up, Lloyd’s surged to the opposing line with Chris Moore barging his way over the top of a ruck to register a very well deserved try after having had a few dubious calls go against him earlier in the game.
Unfortunately we were unable to convert and despite more pressure from the Lloyd’s team the score line frustratingly ended 11-8 to JP Morgan.
We did not deserve to lose that game and their “impact players” had no affect on our Lloyd’s boys who stepped up admirably to the mark and every single player deserves to be proud of their performance.
Notable mentions however must go to Fitzsimmons and Owers (both regular hookers) who took up their positions on either side of the scrum and battled away for 80min in a position they are not really accustomed to.
New lads Tom Wagstaff and Mike Hill provided some great insight into some of the new Lloyd’s blood we have to offer.
Disappointingly very few of the Bermuda touring squad made the effort to involve themselves in this fixture which is poor considering the opportunity they have been afforded!