Boys Victorious in Portugal Rugby Tour
Friday, 16 April 2010
Bolton School's first and second rugby teams have returned victorious from their tour to Portugal over the Easter holidays, winning three out of the four games played on the trip.
The teams flew out to Estoril just outside Lisbon for their four day tour and along with all the rugby played early on in the visit, the boys also had chance to visit Benfica FC Stadium and Lisbon City Centre, play games of tag rugby, volleyball and soccer on the beach, and take advantage of the warm weather by relaxing around the hotel swimming pool.
In the opening match of the tour the first XV began with a hard fought 15-0 win at Cascais RFC. Sam Higgins and Richard Newman were the pick of the Bolton players as the side missed several opportunities to extend their lead. Gage Rosimus crossed twice to score and Adam Greenwood brought greater control to the game when he moved to stand off. The game was played on a 3G artificial surface, something which has become a regular feature for rugby in Portugal.
The second game saw Bolton U17s cruise into a 12 point lead with tries from Patrick Collinson and David Flaherty. The home side then responded with two tries from some free flowing rugby and with Bolton losing the contact area the game began to slip away. With a large bench to use, Bolton rang the changes but the home side took the chance to take the lead with three late tries giving Cascais a 27-12 victory.
The next day the two sides travelled to Caldoe RFC, who are based at superb facilities at Lisbon University. The second team took the field first and with better organisation than the previous day, got a grip of the match from the start. Tries were scored by Captain Nick Aiyegbusi, David Flaherty, Simon Lockett, Alex Ault and Ahmed Bhailok. Flaherty also added extras with the boot to give a well earned 39-0 win. Once again all 25 players were used, but this time the side kept the cohesion and momentum required for victory.
The first team played second, also against Caldoe, the game again on astro, this time in the shadow of the Sporting Lisbon FC ground. It was clear from the start that Bolton had too much power for the home team and tries were scored on a regular basis throughout. Amongst the try scorers were Captain Robert Bolton, Vice Captain Richard Newman, Gage Rosimus, and James Kuligowski. Alex Riley had a good night with the boot as he slotted conversions from a variety of angles. The biggest cheer of the night was reserved for soccer boy and X Factor contestant Lewis Foster who scored on the left wing to the delight of the tour party. A final score of 50*- 0 did not reflect the effort the Portuguese put into the game, but it was a fitting finale to a successful tour that the best rugby played by Bolton was reserved for the last match.
The trip was supported by local businesses Silk Group who sponsored the team polo shirts, and by Warburtons who sponsored the boys' match shirts. The tour was organised by Sports and Corporate Group Travel and a special thanks goes to rep Karen who ensured the tour ran very smoothly.