Lloydy gets a Rigall on..
By Matt Clarke
And scores two tries!
But not the Lloydy we all know and love..
'Give the ball to Lloyd' was the message from Gary 'Paddy' Curran in the housewives faves WhatsApp group in the week.
But Lloydy,the Moles stalwart was injured with a dodgy shoulder we all thought..what's the eejit on about? But on Saturday afternoon the Gannets and more importantly,Vigo found out.Having only been to training for the first time on Wednesday,his first touch of the ball in his first game of Rugby saw him beat numerous tackles and outpace the defence to score from some 30 metres out or so.
Ohhhhh...so that's what he meant!
The previous meeting between these two sides saw the Gannets surrender a three try halftime lead in spectacular fashion to lose 36-28 and the thought of that implosion most definitely played a part in a solid performance on the banana today.Yet again the Gees were short of players in key positions,most notably in the front row forcing Dan Grant and Jamie Feighery to play out of position but with the fives games being pulled they were able to call on the not inconsiderable services of Vaughan Linklater at 9,Andy Ward at 12,Connor 'crazy legs' Mould at 15 and the evergreen Posty who most certainly does NOT look like his dog.
After an early scare involving the an intercepted pass,the Gannets steadily began to grow into the game with the usual Irish suspect smashing his way through red shirts seemingly at will and some great play from the backs led by Shutts (yes,really) Wardy and Wootton.Early raids on the Vigo line were repelled so the Gees took on board Paddys advice and gave the ball to Lloydy which,as mentioned earlier had the desired result.Are we sure that he's never played before?!
Benny the pimp was all but in for all for a score after being neatly set up by Mayhem (wtf??) but for a superb cover tackle by the Vigo fullback to roll him into touch when over the try line.We didn't have to wait too long for the Gannets to double their advantage when Paddy rampaged over in typical fashion and then it was three in untypical fashion for the Gees with some superb handling from Steve Wootton,offloading in the tackle to that man Lloyd Rigall who again was too fast and too strong for the Vigo defence to score under the sticks.
As expected however,Vigo weren't going down without a fight and a couple of penalties saw the Gannets pinned back on their own line.A five metre penalty later and the Vigo 8 and perennial pain in the Gees arse,Dan Couchman broke a couple of tackles to score and keep it interesting at the half.
It was imperative that Gravesend scored next to stop a repeat of Decembers debacle and that's what they did,almost immediately from the kickoff.With Dan Grant on the ball surely he was going to do that ridiculous hoppy,skippy step thing that he does that has fooled no one ever..but no,he chipped the ball through,intentionally i'm sure,for it to bounce into the grateful arms of Benny the pimp who outpaced the defence to touch down.
Dan Grant.Now our Dan was regaling his team mates in the changing room pre game with talk of how he hadn't had a yellow card in two years before he played for the Moles last week.Well make that two in two games after the bellend got 10 in the bin for a bodycheck which incidentally,was what he got carded for last week!
Unfortunately for you,the reader the rest of this encounter,score wise shall go undocumented as the author of this piece was away getting ice for Martin Taylors ( he's had a haircut you know!) eye after he decided to take a closer look at the back of Vaughans heed.I am reliably informed,however that Ash '25 hour night shift' Tester and James 'sorry i'm late' Kurszewski scored these and they were probably the best tries you'll ever see.Although I never saw them.
The final say on the final play went to Vigo as their 13 cantered in unopposed to score under the posts but it was no more than a consolation as Gannets wrapped up a convincing win that was much about their commitment in defence as it was about the 40 points they put on the board.Vigo more than played their part too in what was an entertaining game for the tens and their dogs that don't look like Posty,in attendance.
Isn't it amazing what happens when the Gannets are matched up against a team of similar ability?
Until next time.....?