Date: 4th April, 2012
Game: City League Quarter Final
Opponents: Morgan Stanley
Venue: Blackheath All-weather Pitch
With previous knock-out stage defeats behind them, Lloyd’s RFC viewed this as a ‘must-win’ final, and as such fielded a strong squad with a good mixture of youth, experience and 2012 tourists. The all-weather pitch at Blackheath played into the LRFC’s pace-fuelled line-up and the game kicked off.
Immediately Lloyd’s began to dominate up front, taking the defence to the Morgan Stanley gain line. With Will Pickard and Tom Wagstaff at their usual, destructive best, the Morgan Stanley team soon found themselves on the back foot and it wasn’t long before the explosive Lloyd’s back line exploited some well created gaps and began crossing the white-wash.
With strong running from Freer (hat-trick), McKie,Tiarks and House (who secured the double brace from the fullback position), the Morgan Stanley defence continued to struggle until late in the first half when a short break from a ruck within the LRFC 22, and two miss-tackles, allowed the financial services giant to break the deadlock and get numbers on the board.
With it’s considerable strength in depth, Lloyd’s were able to make changes at half time and continue their dominance as they kept the score board moving upwards. Kieran Bowling was at his usual vocal best and Rob Pound slipped into the centre to exert some wisdom and dulcet guidance into the players. Al Cockerton made a welcomed appearance back in the engine room and Tim Jacobs was also seen running up and down the wing occasionally.
The final score reflected Lloyd’s dominance on the night and served as a great platform to propel the eager squad into a US tour and the latter stages of the City League competition. Apologies to those not mentioned but thank you to all for making the effort to step out on a school night and put on a show of champagnic proportions!
Onwards and Herbert Smith.