It was a beautiful day for rugby. Shame that the 2s result wasn’t anywhere near as pretty against a well-drilled Southwark Lancers side.
Things got underway well enough, with captain for the day Crash Pickard managing to miss his own inspirational team talk while busy attempting to charm the ref ahead of the game. Luckily Dan Cole stepped up, and suitably motivated, Kings lined up ready for the kick-off.
The first few minutes saw Kings soak up some pressure and manage to clear the ball deep into the oppo 22. From there, a clever read from Dan Cole who picked up on his opposite number’s clear plans to plan him down as soon as the ball was caught (to be fair, the guy sort of flagged it by menacingly growling ‘I’m taking him down’) led to a try. The ball was quickly flicked out to scrum half Russ who made some metres up the touchline before the ball was worked back in field for Dan Cole to crash over, driven on by the pack.
From there, things went a bit downhill and Lancers worked their way into the Kings half to score a converted try. From that point on, it was one-way traffic in the first half with Lancers putting several tries past Kings.
A combination of things were to blame – a lack of organisation on the Kings side, good awareness from Lancers on where the space was and some individual tackles missed at crucial moments. It would also seem that the majority of the Lancers team had been turning up to pre-season fitness drills…
The second half got underway much like the first, although some more spirited defence was mounted only for concentration to slip at key moments leading to more tries.
There were a few half breaks and a great moment where we finally got the shove on in the scrum and drove the pack back a good five metres. Sadly one of their props went off shortly after leading to uncontested scrums which meant that this advantage couldn’t be pressed home.
Kings did get another (consolation) try with Joe Thomas showing a turn of what can only be described as pace to break away from a breakdown and crash over in the right hand corner.
But all in all, a bit of a hiding. Final score, according to Crash, was Lots to 10.
So lots for us to work on in training ahead of the season proper.