Banner image

Author

Will Carpenter

Will Carpenter writes

Posted Monday, October 21st 2019

Lloyd reflects on fairytale debut

Ioan Lloyd described his debut try in Friday’s derby triumph over Bath as 'a dream come true', after the Academy youngster became Bristol’s youngest ever Premiership player and try scorer in front of a record Ashton Gate crowd.

The 18-year-old former Clifton College pupil touched down three minutes from time in the season opener, applying the finishing touches to Luke Morahan’s scything outside break to send a capacity crowd into raptures.

And Lloyd, who says his initial selection came as a huge surprise, admitted the enormity of the occasion didn’t hit him until his big moment on 77 minutes.

“(Being selected) was very unexpected - I found out the day before everybody else found out to give me some time to prepare,” he said.

“I prepared for the week but was never expecting to play, so it gave me an extra day to process it. When I found out, I was so surprised and unbelievably happy.

“Originally, I was just going through the social media feeds and looking at the build-up for the game. I didn’t know if I’d get on, so I was trying to absorb everything and take it all in.

Lloyd celebrates his derby score (JMPUK).

“I didn’t really notice anything around me until after the game. When I scored, I looked up and saw the crowd and that was when it hit me, but I was so focused and, in the zone, I didn’t notice the noise until that moment.

“It was a massive honour and a dream come true. It’s obviously nice to score, but the big thing for me was just getting on the pitch. My try was just finishing off what the boys had created.

“I try to play every game the same way and just enjoy it, that’s the reason I play, so I didn’t want to overthink things – I just wanted to play as well as possible.

“I’m taking every game as it comes. My main target was, and still is, to try and play as much Premiership rugby as possible – I want to play at the highest standard – but nothing is a given and all I can do is keeping working hard and training as well as I can.”


Latest News

Bears to hold open training session at Ashton Gate

Bears to hold open training session at Ashton Gate

Posted: Tuesday, December 7th 2021

Heineken Champions Cup – Round One result decision

Heineken Champions Cup – Round One result decision

Posted: Tuesday, December 7th 2021

Loan watch: Dun helps Hartpury to bonus-point win

Loan watch: Dun helps Hartpury to bonus-point win

Posted: Tuesday, December 7th 2021

Highlights: Saracens Women 17-12 Bristol Bears Women

Highlights: Saracens Women 17-12 Bristol Bears Women

Posted: Monday, December 6th 2021

Also from Bristol Sport

Report: Nottingham Forest U18s 3-1 Bristol City U18s
Football icon

Report: Nottingham Forest U18s 3-1 Bristol City U18s

The Young Robins bow out of the FA Youth Cup at the third round after defeat against Nottingham Forest at The City Ground.

Posted: Tuesday, December 7th 2021 • Football

Watch City train at Ashton Gate this Christmas
Football icon

Watch City train at Ashton Gate this Christmas

Watch Bristol City train in our FREE exclusive event over the Christmas period.

Posted: Tuesday, December 7th 2021 • Football

Delpeche named in BBL Team of the Week
Basketball icon

Delpeche named in BBL Team of the Week

Malcolm Delpeche has been named in the BBL Team of the Week for the second time this season.

Posted: Tuesday, December 7th 2021 • Basketball

👀 Watch the Young Robins this December
Football icon

👀 Watch the Young Robins this December

Supporters can watch the Bristol City Under-23s take on Ipswich Town and Watford at the Robins High Performance Centre for free this December.

Posted: Tuesday, December 7th 2021 • Football

🎟 Luton away on priority sale
Football icon

🎟 Luton away on priority sale

Tickets for City's Boxing Day trip to face Luton Town are now on priority sale to Season Card Holders who have attended 4+ away league games in 2021/22.

Posted: Tuesday, December 7th 2021 • Football