Monday, March 12, 2018

Denver Highlanders v Glendale Merlins

Highlanders completed the double on Glendale last Saturday in much the same manner they did in the first half of the season: rolling out to a 27-10 midpoint advantage, and then closing the deal solidly in the second stanza for 32-10 victory. The win pops Highlanders over Haggis into second place on the MD2 table, as the Park City boys were idle on the weekend.

Upcoming this RugbyDay:

Denver Barbarians (25) v Boulder Rugby (9) on the StoveTop at Infinity; ERRFU has the kick at 10am, Barbos website has it going at noon as does Boulder's site - we're certain it's Saturday, the RugbyDay, though! Barbarians tripped lightly fantastic through their match schedule in the fall, garnering all points from their five wins, while Boulder struggled somewhat. Denver won big in Boulder last fall, we're thinking Boulder would like to return that favor... I'm goin' you goin'?

Glendale Merlins (13) v Denver Harlequins (1) up 'Top following Barbo-Boulder

Park City Haggis (17) v Denver Highlanders (20): this'll be the Match of the Week; Haggis looking to regain second slot on the table, Denver not wanting that at all!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Opening Day 2018 Rocky Mountain Rugby

Denver Highlanders v Glendale Merlins

2018 Rocky Mountain Rugby Men’s Division-2 officially kicks up on StoveTop at Infinity, 11am Saturday as third-placed Denver Highlanders (15) take on fourth-placed Glendale Merlins (13) with potentially second spot at the table the prize.  A Denver win would put them in front of current runnersup Park City Haggis (17), though the best rugby meal in America would have a game in hand Highlanders. A bonus point win for Merlins would pop those birds up front of Haggis, only just. Regardless, this will be a wonderful opening match to see.

In the first half of the competition cycle last fall up ‘Top, Highlanders blasted three trys and were ahead 19-nil at the 30 minute mark. Thereon it was seesaw with a fine display of sport and 22 the margin of eventual victory for Denver. Do not expect that to occur tomorrow morning as Glendale will aim to stifle the pounding pick-and-goes of their opponents pack and shutdown the mid-channel action that served Highlanders so well in September. Glendale, for their measure, will test Highlanders resolve and look to establish consistent, ultimately productive possession through their swift forwards and swifter threequarters. If you see a fire on the horizon thisaway on Saturday, the RugbyDay, why that would be the barn burning up ‘Top! I’m goin’? You goin’?


Saturday, March 3, 2018

Americas Rugby Championship: Uruguay v USA


Los Teros v Eagles
Men’s XV tests juggernaut

This is for all the marbles! Eagles can do the Western Hemisphere double and close their second ARC Title running with an outright win over Los Teros in Montevideo (live kick at 11:30am MST on Their opponents, Uruguay, are on a run of 14 Test victories* and they will be looking to maintain that pace at Estadio Charrua in the South American capital city.

Lineup for the Eagles remains largely the same as last week’s victorious side with head coach Gary Gold applying a minor modification or two. Glendale yet place a quartet on the first fifteen with lock Landry in the engine room, Davies and Magie at the halfbacks, and Bryce Campbell in the midfield, though the Raptors center moves to 13 to make way for inside center Paul Lasike’s starting Test debut. Lasike is more of a natural first center in any case, while Campbell more of an openfield ranger. Mike Teo moves from fullback to wing, while Dylan Audsley shifts from outside center to cover Teo at 15.

Should the unthinkable occur and USA lose to Uruguay today, Eagles can still take the title, but it would be by secondary rights; Los Teros have already dropped a home fixture to Argentina, so were they to win today the tournament champion would be determined by points differential.

Et Al
Chile host Canada in what could turn out to be battle for the basement should Brasil top Argentina in São Jose Dos Campos later on today.
* Los Teros loss to Argentina XV earlier in the series was not a Test as the Argie XV side is not the Pumas, but rather a preparatory Puma team.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

USA 43, Brasil 16

USA men's Eagles are one step, albeit a sizable stride, away from the 2018 Americas Rugby Championship after comfortable defeat of Brasil, 43 - 16, in the South American nation yesterday. A seven-try performance by the Eagles, including a brace from flanker Hanco Germishuys and a second from former Chicago Bear Paul Lasike in as many Tests assisted the try-fest in São José dos Campos.
Eagles can claim the ARC trophy on Saturday the upcomer in Uruguay with a win over Los Teros in Montevideo.

Et al

Argentina topped Canada, 40-15, in the northern city of Jujuy. Uruguay throttled Chile, 67-15, in a 12-try performance that included a tryple from 8man Manuel Diana, a 21-year old whose birthday falls on March 4, the day after the title-deciding ARC fixture next week in the Uruguayan capital.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

USA men's XV: 4 Raptors to star(t) in Brasil

Brasil Tupis v USA Eagles

The Eagles XV continue their quest for their second successive Americas  Rugby Championship (ARC) trophy at Estádio Martins Pereira in the city of São José dos Campos today. USA men’s national team seeks to run its 2018 ARC record to 4-0-0 with victory in the South American nation. Brasil are 1-3-0 after the Tupis defeat to Canada, 5-45, in Langford last weekend.

Eagles head coach Gary Gold has expanded the potential pool for RWC 2019 with the addition of a pair of newcomers, flanker Psalm Wooching and center Paul Lasike, both try-scorers in their Test debut. Lasike is a bold crashing center who just might be what the rugby doctor ordered for next year’s global competition, while Wooching ranges the field in much the same way as the All Blacks Aardie Savea: penetrating with power.

Captain Nate Augspurger led the charge against Chile last week, touching down shortly after kickoff in the lopsided win v Los Teros at Fullerton. Once again the Eagles were able to increase a close midpoint margin, 10-3, substantially in the second stanza for the 45-13 win.

Augspurger shifts to the wing this weekend as it’s a flight of Raptors from nine, ten and twelve with Shaun Davies getting the nod at scrumhalf-to-Will Magie at standoff, and then Bryce Campbell at inside center. Glendale’s Ben Landry starts in the engine room.

Wooching and Lasike are on the pitch for the first boot at blindside and outside center respectively as Coach (Good as) Gold mixes up things with fine precision through his pool of availables in preparation for the big dance next year.

Match can be viewed live post-12:30pm MST this afternoon on


Saturday, February 17, 2018

USA v Chile: looking forward


USA men's Eagles look to run their unbeaten 2018 record to three and zero as they take on Rugby Chile, Los Cóndores, today in Fullerton on the campus of Cal-State. Kickoff at 3pm MST will see the Eagles third defense of their Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) won last spring in Argentina.

Thus far Los Cóndores have lost heavily to Argentina XV on the trot in Tierra del Fuego at Estadio Augustin Pichot last weekend and they opened their 2018 ARC account a fortnight ago with narrow defeat, 14-16, to Brazil at home in Santiago. The big, South American birds are flush in their backline, but nevertheless will have their work cut out for them as their hosts three-quartersline have begun to gel well. Ryan Matyas, who'd a brace of splendid scores against Canada, is hot right now, though he's not listed on today's roster nor is Glendale halfback Shaun Davies. Raptors engine, Ben Landry, gets a start in the combustion station, also the predators standoff-inside center combination of Will Magie at 10 and Bryce Campbell at 12 are fronting the first fifteen. The match may be viewed live via subscription at 3pm MST on  

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Uruguay, currently level with USA at 2-0-0, plays host to Argentina XV at Punta del Este in what is certain to be a loveless battle of attrition. Argentina will be looking to beat Los Teros by a bunch and then hope Uruguay will defeat the Eagles on the last weekend of the circuit, March 3, to stay in the running for the ARC trophy. Los Teros will look to continue the quest for their first ARC title by topping their old enemy this RugbyDay.

... and in the True North, Canada go against Brazil at Langford on Vancouver Island in what is shaping up to be a determinant contest about the basement. Brazil have a road win already this season and will like a pair as the Tupis are not numerically out of the running for the cup if they work their numbers right. Rugby Canada have a different outcome entirely in mind.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

USA v Canada: Round 2 of Americas Rugby Championship

Eagles made it two-from-two wins in Western Hemisphere's premier national tourney at Sacramento on Saturday by defeating their old enemy handily at Papa Murphy's Park in the California capital. a brace of first forty groundings, the first by Minnesota native, scrumhalf Nate Augsburger followed by blindside flanker Hanco Gemishuys' touch down had Eagles ahead 14-0 midway in the period after successful conversions by Glendale Raptors standoff Will Magie. Eagles were blanking their northern neighbors by stifling the True North's movements comprehensively when Canada threatened inside the US 22.

Canada dotted near time in the half  through the efforts of their own number 9, Phil Mack and formidable flyer, DTH van der Merve. The pair displayed swift, savvy and succinct ball transference to free fullback Pat Parfrey for his corner closing and wing Brock Staller's majestic conversion from near touch, and the lads broke for hydration and instruction with tallies of 14 and 7 in favor of the host XV.

As happened last weekend in the  Argentina victory, head coach Gary Gold's relief corps featured prominently in the win with Glendale's sizable lock Ben Landry applying considerable power in the combustion station pre-50 minutes and Raptors halfback Shaun Davies adding his zippy delivery to the backline. Wing Ryan Matyas dotted a brace of trys and Magie's replacement, Will Hooley, notched a penalty kick for a final record of 29-10 at referee Francisco Gonzalez' last blast.

     USA - try: Augsburger, Gemishuys, Matyas (2); Con: Magie (3); Pen: Hooley;
     Canada - try: Parfrey; con: Staller; pen: Staller;
Match Official: Cisco Gonzalez