Madras RFC’s U16 squad travelled to Barcelona in half term for what was their first international tour.
After a long day traveling they arrived in Sant Cugat where they were welcomed by their hosts in wonderful facilities.
Madras’s early nerves were settled after a superb midfield break from Rory Fraser resulted in a penalty.
Quick thinking and a blind side break saw Harry Mercer throw a beautiful dummy gliding through the Sant Cugat defence and touching down.
Brutal defence from both teams saw possession and territory shared evenly until from a scrum deep in their own half the Madras backs performed an exquisite move leading to a try for Gregor Stirling.
This seemed to ignite the Sant Cugat attack who pummelled the Madras defence with their large ball carriers.
Every man stood their ground and attack after attack was repelled, ball carriers were felled but inevitably Sant Cugat crossed the line for a well earned try.
At the break Madras had a 12-5 lead.
Madras came flying out of their starting blocks in the second half and were rewarded with an early try from Struan Anderson who sneaked up the blindside from a breakdown.
Madras had their heads up and when the Sant Cugat defence spilled the ball under intolerable pressure sublime handling led to Harry Dunstan touching down under the posts.
It was now the turn of Sant Cugat defence to absorb extreme pressure from the Madras attack but eventually the pressure told and Thomas Bates crossed over in the corner after a gallant run down the blindside. Sant Cugat then threw everything into their attack camping in the Madras 22 for a sustained period. The Madras defence was heroic, rolling mauls were held up and smashed backwards, ball carriers were picked up and driven from whence they came.
Sant Cugat crossed the line for the final score to end the game 29-26 to the visitors.