Date: 24th October, 2012
Game: City League
Venue: Wimbledon RFC
Match Report by Ryan Patterson
Lloyd’s RFC initiated their assault on the city league with a seasons opening game against Deloitte’s on 24 October 2012.
With the prospects of 2 tours during 2013 it was imperative that Lloyd’s started their campaign in a winning fashion and it was fantastic to see a lot of new faces gracing the paddock.
Deloitte’s were unfortunately unable to put a front row together so uncontested scrums was the order of play which suited the running rugby style that Lloyd’s prides themselves on.
A strong attack from the outset led to early possession deep in the opponents half and a quick show and go from Tiarks at flyhalf provided Lloyd’s first points of the day. The #10 went on to finish the half with a brace of tries and did very well in controlling the midfield attack and defence throughout his time on the paddock. With a lot of ball in hand it was no surprise when wing Mark Olivera crossed the line and Tom “Widow Maker” Wagstaff added to the tally with a bulldozing pick and drive off the base.
Club stalwarts, Kieron Bowling, Nick Kirkham and Chris “the mouth” Moore thrived with a lot of ball in hand and that man Will “Pixie” Pickard could do little wrong on the evening and duly found himself on the score sheet.
A few quick substitutions at the half provided Lloyd’s with some fresh legs and game time to a lot of new faces. Debutants Peter Williams and George Saunders provided a new and exciting centre partnership and they thrived on the opportunities second half #10 replacement Matt Newman provided them with. It was a shame Newman saw yellow on his debut after being in the wrong place at the wrong time on the back end of a few penalties but even after enduring an onslaught from Deloitte’s for 10 minutes with only 14 men Lloyd’s were defensively sound and did not concede.
Back to 15 men and the floodgates opened a little and even the author of this piece had, what seemed to be a 50 yard break (rumoured to be probably the best break Lloyd’s rugby has ever seen). The tries rolled in for winger George Attipoe, who managed to weave his way around and finally over 3 defenders to register his name on the score card, and finally a brace from the Toothless Welsh Wonder Chris Moore. A notable Debut also came from Piers English who despite his position as a loose forward, managed to convert Attipoe’s try.
The Final result saw Lloyd’s RFC run out 50-0 over Deloitte’s.
Tries: Tiarks (2), Moore (2), Pickard (1), Olivera (1), Wagstaff (1) and Attipoe (1)
Conversations: Tiarks, English and Newman
Tough choices for MOM – Tiarks, Chris Moore and Peter Williams all put in noteworthy performances on the day and it would be tough to rule out Kieron Ashley Bowling and Will Pickard. First to buy a round in the Lamb gets my vote, which will render Chris Moore out of contention I guess.
The next fixture is against Ernst & Young in Charlton Park this Wednesday, 7 November 2012.