Prior to the fourth game of the season, Lions were in disarray, injuries and absentees’ meant there was another new front row combination used and to make matters worse only fourteen players to start against a Bank of England team who had demolished Lions last season.
*Disclaimer at times in the game we had thirteen, fourteen and fifteen men and according to Adam they were doing the work of sixteen men. Maths may not be our strong point!
Bank 2nd’s kicked off and Ryan gathered the kick off and charged up field, but within a few phases the ball had been turned over and Bank with their experienced forwards began to pick and go from the ruck. Disaster struck early on as the Bank backs swung the ball wide, using their superior numbers and touched down on the right wing, Bank 7-0 Lions.
Lions kicked off and managed to turn the ball over and from a penalty gained field position in Bank’s twenty two, from a tapped penalty Zak crashed through and was held up near the posts, Henry swung the ball wide to Adam who rounded under the posts, Bank 7-7 Lions.
Again from the kick off Lions began to march up field helped by a semi functioning line out, when awarded a penalty in the Bank twenty two James opted for the posts and Ryan slotted the penalty, so the referee thought, Bank 7-10 Lions.
From the base of the ruck Angert provided the ball for forwards Ryan Nauth, Spanish Ryan, Zak, Leo and Oli to make the hard yards with Gareth, Graeme and Dan Mac shutting down Bank’s pick and go game. With the hard yards gained captain James went for one of his typical tries bursting from fifty metres out to score, Bank 7-17 Lions.
Disaster again struck after this as James suffered a knock and withdrew to the side line. Paul set up the next sprinting through and offloading to Dan Mac who slid in to the right of the posts Spanish Ryan bagged a try and before halftime crashing over,
Half time - Bank 7-31Lions
Lions were bolstered by the injured Mark Given who came on just before the half and Simon to bring the Lions to full complement. New captain Adam gave a rousing speech about thirteen men doing the work of sixteen, forgetting we now had fifteen, but the speech did the trick.
Bank came out firing in the second half and many times came close to scoring but could not trouble the scoresheet and with injuries their numbers began to dwindle. Bank when in their own half booted the ball down field and this was returned with great attacking intent by wings Omar who made some nice runs down the middle, Paul from fullback and Simon dodging his way around defenders on the wing.
With the clock approaching sixty minutes a loose ball was hacked up field by Zak which Bank toed out for a line out, from the line out possession was gained. A few phases later a bobbled ball out of the ruck provided stand in captain Adam with a chance to score, he powered his way from thirty metres out only to be denied as the referee did not seen the grounding (for the secnd time in as many weeks). From the scrum though Spanish Ryan crashed over. Bank 7-36 Lions.
As the Lions walked back to the kick off Banks captain strolled over to the referee and spoke to Adam, with injuries they had twelve men they were no longer able to carry on the game; though fair play to our hosts who were far more experienced than us in age they stuck on in there and never gave up.
Tries - Not exactly sure James, Adam, Dan M, Spanish Ryan x2
Kicks: Ryan Nauth Conversions 4/5 Penalties 1/1
1 Zak 2 Graeme Oli
4 Gareth 5 Spanish Ryan (number eight when up fifteen)
6 Leo 7 Dan M 8 Ryan Nauth
9 Angert 10 James
12 Henry 13 Adam
11 Simon (half time fair play coming from Southampton) 14 Omar 15 Irish Paul
Man of the match was not awarded but from 1-13-14-15 and 16 by Adams count we all put in a shift. Though I think special mentions should go to Zak Graeme and Oli who kept our scrum stablish, Oli also had some good runs, Adam for skippering the side when James went off and finally to Angert at scrum half who managed to catch Zak’s attempts at catching the ball in the lineout, Angert linked forwards and backs to win the game.
Dick of the Day Could be Ryan for lecturing Zak on how play prop or it could be Zak, whilst looking for deodorant after the game he saw a deodorant shaped canister in the medical bag and almost sprayed deep freeze on his arm pits.