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Lloyd’s Rugby Club Leave Mark on HK10s

March 7th, 2013|0 Comments

Lloyd’s of London RFC were delighted to have been accepted into the GFI Hong Kong 10’s 2013. This was a new departure for the club, never having previously run out a tens squad. We were amongst illustrious opposition: including the Penguins, Samurai and the BGC APB All Stars. This year saw the first introduction of a national side: Rwanda – a welcome addition to the rugby fraternity. The competition ran over the 20th and 21st March at the HKRFC and we were seeded along with 15 other teams. Our pool comprised: Cobra, Hill & Associates Scottish Barbarians, Irish Vikings and ourselves.

 

 

We were slow out of the blocks: losing the first two games to nil against the Scottish Barbarians 20-0 (who included 6 Scottish sevens internationals) and then Cobra the top seed in the pool 28-0, Lloyd’s took the Irish Vikings (who included two England sevens specialists) to the wire and only lost from a 60 yard breakaway 14-21.

 

That left them in the second half of the draw for the second day and they found themselves bounced out of the plate quarter finals by the Freshfields Wild Titans 17-0; that sent them into the Shield where they then ran out against the only international side in the competition the bottom seeded Rwanda. Lloyd’s comfortably dispatched them 41-0 (no doubt to the disappointment of the crowd). This win pushed us into the Shield final where the vagaries of knock out rugby reintroduced us to the Irish Vikings. As their post match interviews attested they were focused by the memory of a past player coach Mike MacLean and in his memory they raised themselves to beat us 22-5.

 

Neil Starling (Besso) one of our coaching cadre made the following observations:

 

It was an…“Invaluable experience of an intense two day competition. If we get invited back and manage to keep the majority of the squad together the ‘knowing what to expect’ factor will be vital and the boys will a: prepare harder b: be 100% better 10’s players c: go into games with 100% more confidence.

It was only after the first few games I had a few conversations with different groups of lads who were surprised that they (no matter how much we as coaching staff would reiterate prior) could compete against these teams. Confidence like that only comes with experience.

Playing against the best raises your game, this can only benefit Lloyd’s rugby and all the individuals involved going forward in a: the city league b:Lloyd’s 7’s and c: each players own rugby careers.”

 

 

The tournament stats show: Callum McKie (Lloyd and Partners – pictured above) was our joint top scorer with 15 points – this included 5 conversions. His conversion tally left him 11th in the rankings for conversions. He shared the points honours with Will Warden (pictured in black & white below)who  ran in 3 tries. Prince Mayo (Mazars) scored 2 along with James Tiarks (Aon), while James Williams (JLT Group) and Peter Williams (Howden Group) each poached 1.

Tom George (AonBenfield) Captain: ““When the draw for the tournament came out, we were under no illusions of how tough the two days would be. The premier sides at the HK 10s were packed full of international and fully professional players who were well versed in this shorter format of the game. Although we lost our pool games, credit is due to the lads for competing with three sides who went on to make a significant impact in the tournament. The 2nd day proved to be just as tough, but the squad left with its head held high having reached the shield final. I am sure if Lloyd’s get the opportunity to compete again, in this prestigious tournament, the side will fare better for knowing the standards required, the format of the two days and most importantly how to play 10s rugby. The trip gave a fantastic opportunity for the group to experience a new brand of rugby and perhaps more importantly a very new culture.”

 

Will Warden (Alterra UK ) said: “The tournament was a fantastic opportunity for all of our players to pit themselves amongst a number of rugby’s elite professionals. The majority of us had never played the 10 a-side version of the game before, and as such we were somewhat delving into the unknown. That being said, as a squad we learned remarkably quickly and surprised our opposition with our high levels of skill and desire. Whilst the results may not have gone our way, the effort and commitment was second to none and on a personal level, it was an honour to be a part of the Honk Kong tour”

 

From the official press release of the Shield Final:

 

“England Sevens duo Dan Bibby and Ollie Marchon both scored tries as Irish Vikings beat first-timers Lloyd’s of London 22-5 to win the Shield, the side’s fourth trophy after Plate wins in 2003 and 2007 and a first Shield in 2010. Bibby, playing as a centre, and winger Marchon both finished the tournament with five tries each and helped deliver a rewarding present to player/coach Andy Douglas, appearing in his 17th consecutive GFI HKFC Tens and 13th for Vikings.

“We knew that Mike McLean, the guy who set up Irish Vikings with Andy, passed away after last year’s Tens, so we said before this game that we were playing for him. We really wanted to help the guys win some silverware,” Marchon said.

“We were disappointed to get knocked out of the Bowl, but we’ve found out this is not a morning team and that they seem to pick it up in the afternoon. A week ago we were sat in London and not coming to Hong Kong and now we’re here, loving it.”

“The atmosphere was incredible,” Bibby added. “When the crowd get behind you, it really gives you that extra step. I’ve really enjoyed the Tens format and I’ve enjoyed setting up Ollie for his tries.”

 

We were delighted by the support of the London market, allowing staff to represent Lloyd’s in this manner. In addition we should thank both Markel and Lloyd’s Hong Kong for their support on the ground, and behind the scenes: Charlie Williams – whose initial enthusiasm and drive set the tour in motion.

Squad:

Player name Position Company

1

Lorne Ward (RSA) Prop BMS Group

2

James Williams (ENG) Hooker JLT

3

Michael Lee (AUS) Second Row Besso

4

Will Warden (ENG) Second Row Alterra UK

5

Tom George (ENG)  (Captain) Flanker AonBenfield

6

Kieran Bowling (ENG) Backrow Besso

7

Will Pickard (UK) Backrow Arch Insurance

8

Tom Wagstaff (ENG) Backrow Marketform

9

Edward Atkin (ENG) Scrumhalf Talbot Underwriting

10

Guy House (ENG) Halfback/Centre Markel International

11

Callum Mckie (UK) Flyhalf Lloyd and Partners

12

James Tiarks (UK) Flyhalf/Centre Aon

13

Tom Gregory (UK) Centre AonBenfield

14

Alex Maclennan (UK) Centre/Backrow Talbot Underwriting

15

Prince Moyo (ZIM) Centre/Full Back Mazars

16

Peter Williams (WAL) Centre/Full Back Howden Group

17

Duncan Hayward (ENG) Manager Price Forbes

18

Neil Starling (ENG) Coach Besso

19

Robert Pound (ENG) Coach Miller

20

Ryan Patterson (RSA) Coach Oxford Insurance Brokers

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