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Methody captain pays tribute to coaches

By Stuart McAvoy

Captain and try scorer Michael Lagan is determined to see Methody complete a Schools' Cup hat-trick on St Patrick's Day to reward the efforts of coaches Nicky Wells and Stevie Lindsay.

The last time this was achieved was by Methody in 1989,1990 and 1991.

"It means everything. Coming into the school in first year you see the 1st XV play at Ravenhill and you aspire to that and want to do it one day," he explained.

Lagan, who has represented Ireland Under 19s, was quick to praise battling Wallace.

"We didn't play the way we wanted to play – full credit to Wallace, they really came at us from the start," he commented.

"We dug deep, stuck at it and got a try at the end to win.

"Full credit to our boys, we never gave up, it shows good character.

"We made basic errors that must not happen on St Patrick's Day (in the final)."

The prop paid tribute to coaches Wells and Lindsey.

He said: "We really enjoy working under Nicky and Stevie. They are great coaches who can have a laugh but know when we need to be serious.

"I'm sure they will have us back in the rucking net next week, working tirelessly to give ourselves the best chance of lifting the Cup."

Coach Wells was relieved to get the victory.

"It's cup rugby. It doesn't matter how you win," he said.

"Its' great but our performance wasn't the best. However we did show resilience and kept working until the end.

"Full credit to Wallace. They were very physical in their approach and their centre Jacob Stockdale is a real class act.

"We didn't execute our game plan particularly well. It took a certain amount of individual skill to get over the line.

Wells is now on track to win three Schools' Cups in a row, an achievement that his dad David accomplished twice in his coaching career at Methody.

"It's all about the boys – I have seen the devastation of not winning the Cup.

"You have to give everything to win. In the end it's something which stays with you forever," he added.

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