First off, my apologies for dropping out late in the day but I wasn’t going to be much use on the pitch. Thanks to Justin for stepping up.
The scoreline in no way reflects the effort or quality of the rugby from the Nomads last night. Charlie had it right after the game when he said that Lloyds are not the usual Wednesday night opponents, they are very good side and we did well to test them like we did.
The opening exchanges were very close and a handful of their tries came from momentary lapses in defensive concentration rather then their attack splitting us apart.
Ultimately fitness, first-up tackles and a lack of depth on the bench were our undoing. Our tries showed that they are not unsurpassable opponents but we need to challenge them for the full 80, not just now and then.
Huge thanks to the new lads who turned up; Joe in the pack who put in a man of the match performance, Martin G, the big lad on the wing (we said he only has to play 5, he played 35mins), Ironsider Ben and Paul Haig who scored an absolute scorcher of a try on debut.
Big Robert Hudson put himself about brilliantly, making huge yards and tackling like a demon.
Chris Bryant, unshackled in the back row, looked very lively and showed great pace to set up a try for Justin in the corner.
Jamie Coles had a great game at 12, carrying hard and slamming the door on their big, fast inside centre time after time.
It was great to have Alex Foster back in the side making breaks and threatening in attack all evening, too.
But the effort was there from every man who put on a Nomads shirt last night and there was some heroic defence at times.
Next up we have PWC in the semi-final (I will post the date as soon as possible) and, if we win that, we get another crack at Lloyds in the final.
Until next time,