Tuesday, October 16, 2018

RMR Men's Division 3: BtN - 10.16.18

Rocky Mountain Rugby MD-3 Roundup: By the Numbers - 10.16.18

14           trys by 10 different players and Colorado Springs Grizzlies routed Littleton Eagles in the Springs, 77-5; doubles by inside center Quonicus Jones, wing Kim Geiger, other wing Devon McIntosh and openside flanker Ronell Williams

Upcomes the weekend:
Saturday, October 20, 2018

               Queen City Rams (15) v (15) Northern Colorado Flamingos in Denver: they who triumph this RugbyDay, shall sit atop the division through the New Year;

               Littleton Eagles (1) v (7) Laramie Lumberjacks in Littleton: homeys will like the win here, but they’ve got to figure how to contain league-leading try-scorer, rocket sled, Tani Lolohea

Monday, October 15, 2018

WPL Wrap: By the Numbers; 10.15.18

WPL: By the Numbers – 10.15
6             1st 40 trys, half of them converted, and 36-5 the midpoint tallies for San Diego in Chicago; Surfers went on to record the 64-10, 5-point result in a 10-try effort over North Shore that puts them at head of the Blue Conference with 1 week to go;

5             trys good for 5 point win on the road in the nation’s capital for Beantown in their 29-10 joy in D.C.; doubles for visitors 9 and 15, Kristi Aprahamian and Kelli Smith resp.;

14           for everyone well past the hour mark when Glendale Merlins counted 10 unanswered by the Blues for 24-14 road joy that clinched second-place and a playoff berth for the Merls; a ’65 grounding by Glendale 10, Hannah Stolba, made 7 by 12, Gabby Cantorena, drew the flyers level at 14s; pressure still from the travelers resulted in the go-ahead try by wing, Nichole Wannamaker, its conversion extended that advantage ,and a 74th minute Stolba dropped goal sealed the victory;

2             trys for Twin Cities backrow lock, Kate Johnson, and Amazons knocked back New York on the road in the Big Apple, 26-14, with 5-point joy;

Final pre-playoff Exams:

Sat, 10.20
Glendale Merlins (28) v (4) Chicago North Shore in Colorado: should be a nickel for Merls;

San Diego Surfers (29) v (14) Oregon Sports Union in SoCal: ditto Surfers and should that be the case, San Diego will have taken the Conference title;

Atlanta Harlequins (20) v  (6) D.C. Furies in Georgia: homegirls must win with the greatest points haul to have a shot at extra time, because on…

Sun, 10.21
Beantown (21) v (22) New York in Massachusetts: winner should make playoffs; Match of Weekend

Sunday, October 14, 2018

RMR MD-2 Roundup 10.14.18

Rocky Mountain Rugby Roundup – By the Numbers – MD-2; 10.14

MD-2: The Red Division 
               5             table points for Park City Haggis in their 77-10 defeat of Denver Barbarians at Park City on Saturday;
               5             table points for Denver Highlanders in their 27-19 defeat of Denver Harlequins at The Cooker on RugbyDay;
Boulder Rugby were idle
That is all the league action until the spring, 2019!


European Professional Club Rugby – Champions Cup: Round 1, BtN

8             groundings for Leinster as they opened their EPCR Champions Cup title defense at Royal Dublin Society on Lansdowne Road with a hiding of Wasps; 14-3 at the midpoint but thereon the onslaught occurred and 52-3 the      record; double for 9, Liam McGrath and James Lowe, the flying Kiwi, while Ireland 10, Johnny Sexton, got 10 on 5 conversions;

15           for home 10, Freddie Burns on 1 try, 2 conversions and 2 penalties in a losing Bath effort at the Rec, 20-22 for traveling Toulouse; double for visitors 13, Sofi Guitoune;

6             only the measure of difference at the end of 80 in Montpellier as home team held off a determined Edinburgh, 21-15 at the Altrad;

10           for everyone at the end of the bruiser in Sandy Park; Chiefs had the lead after 40, 10-3, but a CJ Stander grounding converted by 10, Joey Carberry, and Munster left town with an important road deuce;

14           the gap at Ravenhill end of day and Ulster turned back Leicester, 24-10;

14           also for Gloucester 10, Danny Cipriani, on 4-and-1 from his toe, and Cherry-and-Whites got their EPCR campaign off in the right direction with the 19-14 win over Castres at Kingsholm;

1             the difference ‘tween Racing 92 and Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets and visitors claimed victory by virtue of a second stanza penalty try, 14-13;

1             too, the margin twixt Toulon and New Castle Falcons in the Felix Mayol as visitors recorded a most famous win, 26-25, benefitting from 14 off the foot of flyhalf Joel Hodgson on 4 ps a 1 c;

20          points the haul for traveling Blues 15, Gareth Steenson, an NZ native who has waved an impressive arm regards selection for the Welsh pool, and Lyon fell to 21-30 defeat at Matmut;

8             for Saracens 10, Owen Farrell, on 2 ps and the conversion of flanker Mike Rhodes’ 12th minute grounding and Sarries got 4 points at Scotstoun, 13-3, past Glasgow

upcomes next weekend
Friday, October 19:
   Leicester Tigers (0) v (1) Scarlets at Welford Road: battle up!

Saturday, October 20:
   Castres (1) v (2) Exeter at Stade Pierre Fabre: one cracker with all the trimmings!
   Munster (2) v (4) Gloucester at Thomond Park: Cherries leading group just now...
   Wasps (0) v (1) Bath at Ricoh: each yet trying to figure what happened on the weekend; looking to redress those deficits, they'll be working the blinder today;
   Edinburgh (1) v (1) Toulon at Murrayfield: homeboys could very well be the favorite now;
   Racing (4) v (4) Ulster at Paris La Defense Arena: for 1st place in the group;
   Saracens (4) v (0) Lyon in Allianz Park at Barnet Copthall: homeys want 5 here;

Sunday, October 21:
   Newcastle Falcons (4) v (4) Montpellier at Kingston Park: wotcher, wotcher for headboy in the pool;
   Toulouse (4) v (5) Leinster at Ernest Wallon: Match of Weekend
   Cardiff (4) v (0) Glasgow  at the Arms Park: visitors could very well see their campaign unravel here, early; resurgent Blues impress

Men's Division-2: Harlequins v Highlanders FMR


Denver Harlequins v Denver Highlanders: Full Match Report (FMR)

Sunny in the sixties with minimal breeze at kickoff of a Colorado rugby rivalry ongoing better than half a century between Denver clubs, Harlequins and Highlanders, at Cook Park’s Cooker Rugby Grounds. Host Harlequins were yet to post their initial victory of the season, while Highlanders had counted only a single win though that was in defeat of an unlost and first-placed Boulder Rugby at that joy.

all eyes on the ball at the well-contended lineout

Visitors were off and running immediate the kickoff, into their opponents territory and down within the Harlequins 22 on a number of occasions, but mishandles and the keen attention of the host defense at breakdown that enabled turnover ball kept Highlanders from goal.

Highlanders on the front foot and mounting an attack at the Quins 10 meter line when a lazy, loopy transfer was pinched by the attentive Harlequins pivot, Clem Curet, and that man outpaced the chase 50 meters to goal for a touch down made seven by the Harlequins inside center, Steve Zaugg, and 7-0 to the hosts in the 13th minute after making the absolute most of their stolen moment.

on the ball

Travelers returned on the heavy front foot, posing questions in the form of short, stabbing pick-and-goes from breakdown and mid-channel bashes off the loose piece, but still the containment corps of their adversaries functioned well and true, turning over ball at stoppage and forcing miscues in the Highlanders three-quartersline.

With the lineout won 30 meters from goal, Highlanders mounted an attack, cycling the pill out wide and then working the pick-and-go in brief, angled gains forward while the action crabbed across the pitch. A five-meter scrum hooked well by Highlanders 2, Jeff Westbrook, provided 8man, Josh Slater, opportunity to scoop ball and scythe into goal untouched for the try, that when converted by second rowman Sean Welfare, made drawn scores in the 31st and all cried “7s” just then.

Highlanders claimed advantage via a quickly-tapped penalty on the Harlequins 22 and the ensuing rush brought play into the Quins business district, 10 meters from goal, and breakdown. Quick collection at the back of that ruck by Welfare and he’d crossed and dotted for his own conversion in the 35th minute: 14-7 for visitors the vital statistics at the field magistrate’s halftime whistle.

Highlanders with an overwhelming amount of territory and possession, but testimony to the Harlequins ability to affect all manner of  turnover from knock-on, to Casper passes, to major penalties in their defensive attention to detail; therefore only seven points the differential after the first forty. Quins flyer, Paul Bordenkircher, making the most of scant handles out wide, with crowd-pleasing, swervy and jinky counters of significant length along touch.

Highlanders with a scrum 25 meters out from goal. Harlequins pack shoved the opposing pack off the ball, big and bossy, taking the strike against the head, but a penalty award went to Landers and Welfare made no mistake in knocking three through the posts and Highlanders advantage increased to double-digits, 17-7, in the 47th minute.

Harlequins now making and eating penalties and the voracious Highlanders offensive machine a pack of terrible, salivating, exploitive hounds on the run. Lead extension after second row, Mark Gleed, received tapped lineout ball from five meters out and barreled in for the try that made tallies 22-7 at the 53rd minute.

Quins with a lineout and meaning business six meters out when blindside forward, Tony Fisher with ball-in-hand, cut cleanly into goal for his touch down that, along with completion by Zaugg, made the scoreline 22-14 still for Landers come the hour mark.

Highlanders lost a man to a ten-minute seat for conduct unbecoming his high tackle in the 67th minute and the Harlequins capitalized on their extra-man benefit a short time on with a bang-bang from breakdown that saw replacement Casey Nordwald ground for a tightening of tallies at 22-19, still for visitors, but one thought, “Hello, wotcher boys? Now it’s 70th minute and who’s got the last ten?”

Fierce and furious the final actions with the sides ratcheting up their game, tackles coming hard and deliberate with turnovers and trys being their intended result, and Highlanders got one near time, sending fullback Brian Dutill fast through a spread Quins defense to touch down for the bonus point and a record of 27-19 at the Sir’s last blast.

               Harlequins – Try: Curet, Fisher, Nordwald; Con: Zaugg (2);
               Highlanders – Try: Slater, Welfare, Gleed, Dutill; Con: Welfare (3);                                             Pen: Welfare


Saturday, October 13, 2018

Women's Premier League Rugby preview

WPL – brace of significant contests today!

Both Red and Blue Conferences numbers 1s and 2s get after the pill today on either coast, the ordering seats at their respective tables the prize. Will the Merlins soar to the heights on the San Francisco Peninsula on Saturday or will Blues be crying havoc and loosing the hounds? And will Twin City be able to eat the Big Apple for Sunday dinner or will New York tame the fiery Amazons forward rush? Whoever wins in the Red Conference will take head of table in that bracket while you may reckon the winner of the Berkeley v Glendale match must make the bonus point as San Diego Surfers, who’re drawn on match points with Merls and Blues, host Chicago who struggle.


European Professional Club Rugby - Champions Cup, Round 1

Leinster hammered Wasps, 52-3, last night at the Royal Dublin Society at Lansdowne Road to open its title defense.

Saturday, 10.13.18
               Bath v Toulouse at the Rec: hosts are struggling in their league thus far this year, while travelers are in their playoff frame just now;

               Montpellier v Edinburgh at the Altrad: could be a bonus point for mein host;
                Exeter v Munster at Sandy Park: five for Chiefs?
                Ulster v Leicester in Kingspan at Ravenhill: Ulster on a three-match skid right now; Tigers have two joys running; may be an uncommon road victory;
Sunday, 10.14.18
               Gloucester v Castres at Kingsholm: big win for homeys last time out; visitors have been in tight contests this campaign as they defend their T14 title;

               Lyon v Cardiff at Matmut: five for home team?

               Toulon v Falcons at Felix Mayol: Will this be where Boudjellal’s Bunch gets well?

               Glasgow v Saracens at Scotstoun: each near the top of their respective leagues; good standard of play here; no prisoners considered;

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Rocky Mountain Rugby: MDs Roundups

Rocky Mountain Rugby Roundup – By the Numbers – MDs, 10.9

MD-2: The Red Division – new boss now!

               5             table points for Park City Haggis in their 48-19 defeat of Denver Highlanders at the Jake; on Saturday
               5             table points for Park City Haggis next day in their 25-22 defeat of Boulder Rugby next day at PleasantView;

Barbos and Quins were idle

upcoming the weekend:
Saturday, 10.13

               Park City Haggis (15) v (11) Denver Barbarians in Utah: homeys rolling right now; visitors reigning champs;
               Denver Harlequins (0) v (5) Denver Highlanders, noon at Cook Park: Highlanders were burnt last weekend by an indigestible rugby meal; visitors will look for a change of fortune this day:

MD-3: The White Division

               3             points adrift Laramie at the hour mark, 19-22, Queen City touched down 4 scores in the final interval to wrest 48-27 victory on the road in Wyoming; double for Rams blindside, Hayden Kinnear; City now level with Northern Colorado in 1st;

upcoming Saturday, 10.13
Colorado Springs Grizzlies (3) v (1) Littleton Eagles in the Springs: lower end of table fight;

all else on bye

MD-4: The Blue Division
               no current information available