We were up early on Sunday for another action-packed day and the weather was glorious – much more of what you would expect here in the Algarve!
The U13s started with a stretching session before preparing for their match against another top Portuguese team, Belenenses, whilst the U14’s worked on patterns of play.
The U13s game was much more evenly matched than yesterdays. RHS took the lead to start with but disappointingly failed to hold onto it despite Marco De Nysschen and Elliot Chilvers coming to the fore. RHS went down 25-10.
An early afternoon kick-off meant that the U14’s not only had to deal with a purportedly physical Portuguese side, CDUL, but also the heat. This may have had a role to play as unfortunately, despite a fantastic game and being 10-5 up at the break, they squandered a number of chances and finished 20-10 down. Tom Saunders and Giles Wilson put in solid performances most notably in defence.
After their games the boys were treated to an ice bath, similar to that sampled by the England team after training sessions to aid their recovery.
Later the group travelled down to the marina at Vilamoura for ice cream, shopping and an ogle at the impressive yachts.
It was back to Browns for dinner and some well-needed Rand R ahead of our penultimate day here in Portugal which sees the U13s play a fellow touring side from North London, Belmont School.