Michael Lagan was in the Methodist College front row that won the Schools’ Cup last year with a victory over RBAI in the final.
The side was skippered by Lagan’s front row colleague Ross Kane but on Monday Lagan will have the chance to be the first captain to lift the trophy at the new Ravenhill on Monday with the Belfast school face Sullivan and he knows for that to happen Methody will have to improve on their performances in the competition so far.
“We have come through two tough games. I don’t think we have played as well as we would have wanted to in the past two games but we have showed good character especially in the last game against Wallace,” said Lagan.
“We really didn’t get into the game at all and we dug deep.
“The boys did well and we got the try in the last few minutes, hopefully we can start better against Sullivan and step up our performance levels up.
“Sullivan are a great side and we’ll have to cut out the basic errors that we have made in the past two games,” Lagan added.
Methody were trailing in the semi-final with just minutes remaining and when they won a penalty in the Wallace 22 Lagan had a huge call to make.
“We’d back our maul a lot because we think we have a good one, when they went down to seven in the pack.
“I just made the decision that we should go for the lineout and maul them over, thankfully for me it paid off or I would have been in trouble after the game and I’m glad we rolled over the line.
“I try to be a bit of everything as captain but there are a few leaders in the team , they are a few boys that were on the team last year and Conor Kee who was there two years ago, there are a lot of leaders around the park who chip in and help and helps me.”