OPPOSITION: JP Morgan
TOURNAMENT: City League
VENUE: Wimbledon RFC
by Brian ‘Mystery’ Moran
It was a cold Monday evening in early March. Over 24 brave soles put their names forward to tog out for the mighty Lloyds Rugby Football Club. Amongst the men togging out were many debutants most notably Lorne ‘the friendly giant’ Ward and Brian ‘Mystery’ Moran. The former being an ex pro who has lined out for London Welsh, Toulon, Bath and Harlequins and he now currently plays his trade with Rosslyn Park.
The team was captained on the evening by Michael ‘Dundee’ Lee, he was elegant throughout, leading from the front, calling the lineouts and carrying efficiently….
Lloyds filled a strong side across the board for this fixture including former English International Fraser Waters and showed commitment and dedication throughout. With the victory being comprehensive, two tries in particular stood out, first scored by the flying Chris Coping; A lineout was awarded to Lloyds on the22 meterline, a perfect dart was met by Mick Lee, who played the ball off the top into Ryan Patterson’s hands, he spun the ball out to the fly half (cant remember who it was) who preceded to ‘dink’ a cross field kick to the far wing where Chris Coping was in full flow, his pace had left the opposition in his wake so he took the ball cleanly in his grasp and continued to touch down under the posts.
The second try of note was a real team effort with players from 1 to 15 getting their hands on the ball in the build up. A quick break by the back row got Lloyds into the opposition half, it was then followed by numerous off loads and then the backs spun it wide with Alex ‘Smiler’ Maclennan giving the clinical pass to Moran waiting on the wing and he graciously feel over the line.
The overall performance was led by a few crucial instigators; Chris ‘Moro’ Moore was lively around the park all night; he gave the opposition out half a hell of a time and rallied his fellow players throughout, Tom ‘the widow maker’ Wagstaff who was had been voted player of the year by his peers was smashing the opposition up and down the park and Robert Thomas at fullback was majestic throughout, plucking high balls out of the air like a young Percy Montgomery and breaking through the defence with a certain element of ease.
With Lloyd’s athleticism and skill levels proving too strong for the opposition, JP Morgan began to fall off tackles and a few tries followed leading to a comprehensive victory for Lloyds RFC.
Fine food was laid on after by the club where both teams enjoyed some interaction and a quiet pint of Ale….