OPPOSITION: Norton Rose
TOURNAMENT: City League
VENUE: Esher RFC
The fixture against Norton Rose was unfortunately organised on the same day as 2 market Christmas parties which meant that a lot of the lads were unavailable.
A few excuses and last minute drop outs also meant that Lloyd’s were unable to put a front row together (despite a slightly over weight, according to the Norton Rose winger, Chris Moore insisting that his weight advantage could be used upfront) and the match was therefore played with uncontested scrums but finding the likes of Bobby (dirty tash) Thomas and Nathan Taylor in the front row was amusing to say the least.
As a result of the uncontested scrums the game was played at a very high pace with the loose trio of mix up of Clarke, Wagstaff, Alex “Smiler” MacLennan and the toothless wonder Christopher Moore working tirelessly to secure the ball at the breakdown and it was that man Chris Moore who dived over from close range to register Lloyd’s first try, duly converted by Callum McKie.
A solid break by Clarke and Taylor from the kickoff put Lloyd’s back in try line territory and some swift hands from the backs found Chris Coupland on the wing who rounded his opposite number and with a great turn of pace slid his “6ft 7inch” frame into the corner for the second score of the evening, again converted by McKie from the white wash of the touch line.
A few handling errors gave Norton Rose an opportunity to attack into the Lloyd’s 22 and their patience paid off with a converted try.
Lloyd’s were keen to hit back straight from the kickoff and some excellent running lines from Pound and O’Keeffe put us in striking range and it wasn’t long before some swift hands from Bobby Thomas sent second row Rob Jones crashing over for the 3rd converted score which was well deserved for the big fella who put in a solid performance on the evening along with second row partner Oliver Lombard.
21-7 was the score line going into the turn which became 21-14 after some pressure from Norton Rose gifted them a little chip and chase to register their second. McKie kept the score board ticking over with a penalty before some excellent interchange of hands between James Wilson, Coupland and Moore found McKie in a close sprint with the Norton Rose…ummm…prop…to register brilliant team score, unfortunately unconverted.
Luke Sloan took over from McKie in the 10 jumper and immediately made his presence felt with a break from the half and beat a few defenders to register Lloyd’s final score of the evening.
Final score 29-14 (although I have a feeling I missed a try somewhere in there)
An excellent result to kickoff our city league campaign and a big thanks to the guys who made themselves available and to Rich Hodson who despite the wrath of his fiancé made himself available and avoided any facial blemishes prior to his big day. Good luck for the wedding big man.
Good to see lots of new faces on the paddock and once again a true team effort earned this good result.
The next Fixture is on 7th December 2011 and an e-mail will be sent out shortly but please mark this in your diaries now.
Any problems or queries please let me know.