Methodist College travelled with their 1st and 2nd xv’s to Portugal for a warm weather training camp.
Based at the Brown’s Sports Camp, near Vilamoura in the Algarve, the Methody party took full advantage of the facilities to get a lot of work done, both on and off the pitch. They then travelled to Lisbon where the teams played against the Portugal U19 and U18 teams. These games were played at the 40,000 seater Stadio Nacional, scene of the famous “Lisbon Lions” triumphant European Cup Soccer success in 1967.
The Methodist College 1st xv defeated the Portugal U19 team by 33-7. Connor McKee ran in for two tries with Steven Weir, Ali McIvor and Saul Herdman touching down for one try each. Josh Bingham was successful with four conversion kicks. The Methody pack, with Michael Lagan and Alex Thompson leading from the front, laid the foundations for the Methodist College success.
The Methody 2ndxv played the Portugal U18 team in a game which they lost by 24-7. The young Methody team was 8-7 down at the interval but playing very well. The second half saw the Portugal U18 team get on top and eventually go on to win the game by 24-7.