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Lloyd hoping for more evening games

Sunday 05th February 2023

Peter Lloyd relished the chance to play on a Friday night under the lights at Pontypool Park and is hoping to do it again soon.

With the Six Nations starting yesterday, Pooler welcomed Gwent rivals Cross Keys RFC to a rare evening kick-off and Lloyd, who filled in at hooker, showed his delight with a brace in a dominant 49-7 victory.

Lloyd had only opened his account for the club a week prior during the cup victory over Bargoed RFC but he took his tally to three as Pooler’s lineout showed its effectiveness.

Winger Mathew Powell was also at the double with Dai Langdon, Amosa Nove and Pat Lewis on the scoresheet too. Matthew Jarvis was impeccable from the tee with seven conversions from seven attempts.

With a Friday night game at TATA Steel RFC in March and four more games still to rearrange, there could be plenty of evening games this season to keep Lloyd happy.

“The boys love a Friday night game,” he declared.

“It’s a lot of pressure but at the same time the boys get up for it.

“You don’t get many but I love a Friday night game. I’d play every Friday night.

“When games get pushed forward or when it’s the Six Nations or Wales there should be the opportunity to play on a Friday night. It keeps the league going.”

The game ensured Pontypool had the chance to continue their momentum and they made their intentions clear from the start.

“We’ve always got to try and make a fast start,” added Lloyd.

“We always judge ourselves on our last game.

“We started off well. For the last couple of games we’ve started slow but today we started a lot faster.

“It didn’t help going uphill in the second half and we got brought down to their level unfortunately.

“When you are high up and winning it is going to get scrappy, the boys dug in, the first half went well and we’ve got a lot to reflect on and try and get better.

“Next week we’ll go out and hopefully get the five points, and the week after that.”

Lloyd’s evening was rounded off with the man of the match award but he was quick to play down his own performance and instead praise the team.

“If the boys don’t do their jobs then the tries don’t come, it’s an all eight-pack try really so it goes between all of us,” he said.


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