With rain the lashing against the windows of our villas we feared the worst as we dodged puddles en route to breakfast! This was not supposed to happen…
Never-the-less the U14’s began the morning with a light session on the 3G pitch shared with the Russian U19 squad, while the U13’s enjoyed a pool session. As the rain began to subside, the sun shone on the glorious pitch here at Browns.
Our opponents today were GD Direito and we were soon to learn that they are the top club side here in Portugal, being able to draw players from in and around Lisbon.
The U13’s made a valiant performance but were put to the sword by a very competent team display losing out 40-0. There were good performances by Hayden Craft, Max Orr and Kuki Daunakamakama. The boys were clearly disappointed by the result but learnt very quickly what tour rugby is all about.
After a quick turn around, the U14’s were up next and having seen their mates struggle they were keen to make amends. And so they did. A strong start led to a well-worked try for Elliot Rayment and a close first half saw the teams go in with RHS 14-10 up. The second half saw RHS exert their dominance with some typically physical play and in the end ran out 36-10 winners. There were some very encouraging performances from Harry Pugh, Charlie Miles and Tom Saunders.