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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Barbos Best in West

           
Denver Barbarians v San Diego Old Aztecs

Barbarians return home to Colorado after earning a berth in USA Rugby's Men's Division 2 Championship game with a convincing 60-24 victory in the Western Conference title match at Fort Worth today. The Barbarians have effectively a home fixture v the winner of Tradesmen-Renegades for the national title as the game's at Infinity Rugby Complex, de facto home ground of our champions.

It was never going to be easy for Denver as San Diego looked the business with an early, and seeming effortless score to go up 7-nil by the ninth minute, and when tighthead prop Toilolo Malaetasi brushed off a would-be stopper en route to a centerpost try and the ensuing conversion made it 14-0 for Old Aztecs, it looked grim for the Men in Green.

But a trio of trys by: openside Evan Geist, scrumhalf Carmine Hernandez and blindside Brendan Shea had tallies of 17 and 14 at the 27th minute in Denver's favor.

However, at time in the half, a fortuitous jounce of the pill was collected cleanly by San Diego's James Niblock who raced to goal for the touch down that restored the Old Aztec advantage and 19-17 for the Southern Californians at the sir's midpoint whistle.

Barbarians own worst at times with the ping stat unfavoring and ill-flatterous; Old Aztecs powerfully sharp and stabbing pick-and-goes presented problems for Denver's containment arrangements in the initial period of action. All in second stanza!

And it was Barbarians rampant in the last half, dotting four times to lead 41-19 approaching the hour mark. Aztecs got a try in the 63rd minute, but three more groundings for Barbarians made the record 60-24 at the referee's final signal.





Angels top Jesuit for State

                                           

Denver East High Angels claimed Colorado High School Rugby's greatest prize on Saturday, coming from behind to record 17-14 victory over longtime rival, Regis Jesuit Raiders and earn the Premiership Trophy at Don Breese Stadium on campus at Lewis-Palmer High School in Monument.
East saw their 12-7 halftime lead go begging as a weakside maneuver from the base of a won, five-meter Jesuit scrum resulted in a Raiders grounding well and truly converted from touch and a 14-12 Regis lead early in the second stanza. 

The action remained within the 22s for an extended period until Denver breached the Jesuit defense and mounted a series of pounding pick-and-goes from breakdown into Regis' business district, ten meters from paint. Ball swung wide found the wing with the wherewithal to cross and touch down in the corner and East held the advantage, yet only by three at 17-14 with ten minutes left on referee Kurt Weaver's clock. Regis were hard at it, in between the ten meter lines and pressuring and sands fled the hourglass, but turnover obtained and pill cleared to touch followed by Weaver's final whistle meant a fifth State Championship for the high holy flyers. 





Friday, May 18, 2018

Barbarians at West Championships


Denver Barbarians, champions of our Frontier Conference, are in Fort Worth on the upcomer for the right to advance to the Best Four at Infinity first weekend in June. Barbos will face Eastside Tsunami, the champion of Pacific North Conference, a club out of Portland. Eastside unseated the traditionally strong sides from both Washington and Northern California to earn their berth in the West title series, topping San Jose Seahawks to advance. Winner will play the victor of the San Diego Olde Aztecs v San Antonio Rugby in the West Championship fixture on Sunday.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Raptors are Major League Rugby





Top teams find a way to win the close ones. Glendale Raptors won another on Sunday, returning from 24-27 deficit with under ten minutes left to record 31-27 victory over San Diego Legion on the back of a grounding by breakaway forward, Zach Fenoglio, and its conversion by flyhalf Will Magie for the record. With the win Glendale have yet to lose and have extended their inaugural Major League Rugby undefeated streak to four.
Glendale are on a double-bye for the next fortnight and will resume play Sunday, June 3rd, down the Kettle at Infinity with a 2pm (MST) kickoff versus NOLA Gold.

#
Team
W
L
D
MP
1
Glendale Raptors
4
0
0
19
2
Seattle SeaWolves
2
1
0
11
3
San Diego Legion
2
2
0
11
4
Utah Warriors
1
2
0
8
5
Houston SabreCats
1
2
0
7
6
NOLA Gold
1
2
0
7
7
Austin Elite Rugby
1
3
0
7

Upcomers: Saturday, May 19 – NOLA Gold (7) v (7) Houston SabreCats at Dyer Stadium; excellent lower table derby
Sunday, May 20Seattle SeaWolves (11) v (8) Utah Warriors at StarFire Sports Complex; Warriors are coming off a big first win and would look to continue in that fashion though SeaWolves must have a different plan entirely

Friday, May 25 – Austin Elite v San Diego Legion
Saturday, May 26 – Houston SabreCats v Utah Warriors
Sunday, May 27 – Seattle SeaWolves v NOLA Gold



Saturday, May 12, 2018

Rugby Colorado High School Semifinals of State

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Old School Finals

It will be a match for "The Old Boot", which fixtures between the Angels and the Jesuit are called from time out of memory. Back in the day when the clubs were piloted by two legendary and grizzled veterans, Bill Baer for East and Dr. Dan O'Leary for the Jesuit, this was what the contest was called, and its trophy was, in fact, a bronzed boot of O'Leary's that he wore when playing in the front row at hooker for a number of top flight clubs.

Regis won the opening semi by making the gain line, securing possession at breakdown and maintaining the pill to keep Palmer High Terrors rear-legged and unsteady in defense. And it did go that route for the Raiders as they grounded thrice in the initial half, while their adversary struggled to locate the handle, especially when they ventured out wide to spread the Jesuit defense. Thus Regis held a 19-nil lead at referee Kurt Weaver's halftime signal.

Weaver minds the Jesuit scrum-put

Second stanza, different song entirely as Palmer scored a try three minutes into the half, then again at the 41-minute mark, making the scoreline 19-10 with the Regis defense looking for answers to questions asked of the force and physicality of Terrors forwards in the near channels from breakdown. 
Palmer would dot their third try two minutes from injury time, yet no conversion meant they trailed by four, 15-19, heading towards injury time. They'd need a try and the XV from Colorado Springs nearly got it, too, but turnover at breakdown by Regis as Palmer crossed into Jesuit territory enabled the Regis flyhalf to clear to touch and Weaver's last blast meant the record of 19-15 for Regis.


With the breeze picking up and quartering out of the north and east diagonally crossfield, Denver East appeared ill-functioning and at sixes and sevens while Monarch, the tournament's number one seed and reigning State Premier Division Champion, grounded a brace of trys and knocked through a penalty for good measure running rampant to a 15-0 advantage by minute 17. But the last five minutes of the first half were all East as they dotted twice, converting each, and it was 15-14 as referee Chris Brewer signaled lads to locker for hydration and instruction.
Brewer monitors Neureiter's service

Monarch's heavy hitting strategies opened up the Angels defense early in the first half, but Denver sorted its defense and were able to employ the tact and tenacity of scrumhalf sparkplug, Luke Neureiter to dot three times in the second stanza, all converted, and Angels had ripped open a 35-15 advantage with two thirds of the last half gone.
Monarch were able to try once again, but East replied with a brace for final tallies of 47 for Denver East and 20 For Monarch.

Championship next RugbyDay, Saturday May 19, at Don Breese Stadium at Lewis Palmer High School in Colorado Springs.


    

Friday, May 11, 2018

High School Playoffs... YAY!

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High School Playoffs: Semifinals of State

It’s to be Old School rugby versus New School rugby at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park tomorrow in the Premiership Division of Rugby Colorado, the State’s secondary schools governor. For it’s Regis Jesuit Raiders v Palmer High Terrors and Denver East High Angels v Monarch High Coyotes. Regis and East have better than half century of experience between their rugby programs, while Coyotes and Terrors are relatively recent arrivals on the high school rugby scene.

Both Palmer and Monarch were promoted to the top high school division only in 2017, and both achieved Best Four status in the playoffs last season, Monarch taking the State Championship. East and Regis past XVs have each hoisted the championship trophy, while the only club yet to have earned that right is Terrors. The best emergent men’s rugby in the region is on tap tomorrow at Dick’s, a viewing way worth it!

Raiders-Terrors first drop is at 11am and Angels-Coyotes go at 12:30pm.