Friday, May 17, 2019

Saturday is RugbyDay...

... Yay, Yay, YAY!!!

and tomorrow:

Saturday = RugbyDay, like mad!

Saturday May 18th, is one of the most important RugbyDays in the more than five decades of Colorado Rugby!

The results of four fixtures, two home and two away at Austin TX (but they’re live-streamed from the Lone Star State), will determine the fortunes of your Colorado Rugby men and women; from the scholar-athletes in the high school title game through the amateur ranks and on to Major League Rugby (MLR), North America’s professional competition, high-test rugby is happening:

·        9am: United States of America Rugby (USAR) Clubside Regional Playoffs - Queen City Rams v Austin Blacks, live-streamed at USAR Men’s Division-3 Clubside Regional Playoffs from Burr Field, Austin;

·        2pm: Rugby Colorado State High School Championship - Denver East High Angels v Regis Jesuit Raiders, live at Infinity Park Stadium, Glendale CO: emergent men - for tickets  good for the subsequent MLR match, go here;

·        2:15pm: Glendale Merlins v Belmont Shore, live-streamed at USAR Women’s Division-1 Clubside Regional Playoffs from Burr Field, Austin;

·        4pm: Glendale Raptors v Seattle SeaWolves live at Infinity Park Stadium (down the Kettle), Glendale Colorado: MLR - two teams hunting the playoffs frame right now... today’s outcome will impact that picture considerably

GO you Angels, Merlins,

Raiders, Rams and Raptors!!!

 YOU are part of something greater!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Major League Rugby Preview: 5:17,18

Major League Rugby North America Weekend Preview: 5.18-5.19: tick-tock...

Clubs have either two or three fixtures remaining. Therefore 10 or 15 the potential points to be won. 60+, possibly high 50s, table points should earn extra time, maybe low 50s but mo’, as they say, is bettah’, alway [sic].  
Saturday, May 18th:
               NOLA Gold (51) v (11) Houston SabreCats at Gold Stadium, Marrero LA, 3pm MST: home team, smarting from last week’s loss, will be looking to make a statement, while the ‘Cats are in spoiler mode; overcast and low 80s with considerable wind from the southeast, plus the potential for rain earlier in the day;

               Glendale Raptors (42) v (46) Seattle SeaWolves down the Kettle at Infinity, Glendale CO, 4pm MST: doesn’t get any better than this: ‘Wolves are likely into the playoffs as they’ve got Austin and Utah after this to conclude their campaign, but figure Seattle will consider this as important a match as last weekend’s delirium-inducing joy on the eastern seaboard; the XVs will be firing all their guns with hotshots, Robbie Petzer for hosts and Brock Staller for guests, numbering up; to put it simply, Glendale must win out to have a chance at extra time this season... and the more points garnered from the wins the better; so this is the M-o-W; 60 and partial cover at first kick, no rain, but a southeast wind;

               Utah Warriors (17) v (52) San Diego Legion at Zions Bank , Herriman UT, 7pm MST: visitors can all but reserve a playoff berth with victory today; homeside will provide an 80-minute, formly-physical debate on that reckoning; upper 50s and cloudy, bit of breeze, and no rain though it will have stormed off-and-on the previous three days, so happy the forwards in tight, greasy spaces;
Sunday, May 19th:           
               New York United  (44) v (4) Austin Elite at the MCU on Coney Island - Brooklyn, 11am MST: United, like NOLA, will not like last weekend’s result and will be itching to make amends that; Elite could see joy today with consistency and continuity; middle 60s, maybe thunderstorms, but southern wind, and slick surface and pill regardless as it will have rained.

So, here're two weekends in July and a kickstart in June provided by the only Summer 15s League in the U-S-A:

Boulder v Broomfield: 2019 Rugby Colorado State D-2 Championship

Piece of the sky and the pill for the Broomfield leaper

Broomfield best in State

Tigers RFC, the high school club that represents Arvada, Broomfield and Westminster emergent men’s rugby in Colorado, claimed the 2019 Rugby Colorado Division-2 State Championship in dramatic fashion down the Kettle at Infinity just before time in the second half of extended play over Boulder Lions.

With temperatures hovering the 80⁰ mark and overcast skies, referee Cameron Pettit whistled up the onset of play and the rugby was full-on at the initiating drop.

Tigers saw success in sequential swift, hard-charging and challenging pick-and-goes from breakdown and off set pieces in the near channels, while Lions elected to open the field wide with service to their three-quarters and questioning territorial hoists down field that put the Tigers back-three backs under pressure.

First blood to Broomfield after a sticksplitting penalty goal by their scrumhalf struck truly from twenty meters out and to the right of the post: 3-nil for Tigers at the 6th minute.

Boulder’s reply came surely three minutes on after eight phases of forward progress diagonally into and through the Broomfield 22, and within their business district 10 meters from paint; Lions flyhalf snatched ball from breakdown and dove over the goaline to touch down the unconverted try and 5 and 3 the tallies after nine minutes of play.

Tigers regained the lead after persistent p-n-gs enabled a breach well-exploited by the alert Broomfield standoff, who touched down for his halfback partner’s conversion and 10-5 in the 16th.  

Boulder had a handful of minutes inside the Broomfield 22, attempting to punch through the Broomfield midfield, but Tigers resilient in defense just then and eventual turnover allowed for clearance to touch and the action moved to midfield.

A brace of touch downs by Lions blindside break and 8man, one grounded at time in the half and converted by their 10, had Lions ahead, 17-10, at Pettit’s midpoint signal and it was lads to lockers for hydration and instruction. Broomfield, mighty in the short bursts from breakdown, would have to lower their tackles in order to avoid the fend, while the Boulder backrow ran rampant; Lions for their measure, must find better grip on the pill out wide as errors there stymied movement, at times.

Tigers halfback, whose ubiquitous presence allover the pitch provided much forward mo' for the champions, digs the pill from breakdown hard-won by the Brromfield pack

Broomfield drew level on a sublime offload from their 10 to their speeding backrow lock, who crashed to space and looped the end zone to dot beneath, and in the center of, the uprights for an academic conversion and all had 17 just then.

Tigers attempt at a match-winning penalty goal from midfield at time drifted just wide the left upright and Boulder’s rushing reply well into Broomfield territory closeby goal failed when the ball fell forward at comprehensive Tigers containment.

Overtime in the last minute, Tigers smashed across for the grounding that brought home Tigers first Rugby Colorado State Championship with a record of 24-17 at the Sir’s last blast.

Our Men's and Women'Champions in Texas on the Weekend 
Go you Merlins, Rams!!!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Rugby Colorado High School Championships - Tonight!

It’ll be Lions and Tigers, but thankfully, no bears as Rugby Colorado State Championships continue this evening at America’s only rugby-specified venue, Infinity Park, in Glendale. Action kicks off at 4pm down the Kettle with the Division-2 consolation match, followed by the D-1 numbers 3v4 fixture at 5:30.

Up-and-rising regional referee, Cameron Pettit, will officiate the Division-2 Championship, which boots at 7pm this evening between Boulder Lions and Tigers RFCs. Tigers represent Broomfield. Boulder are undefeated this season, while Tigers sole loss came on the matchless Boulder Rugby homegrounds at the PleasantView Rugby Oval (PRO) and Soccer Complex.

Denver East High Angels face off against Regis Jesuit Raiders in the Division 1 Championship on Saturday, the RugbyDay, May 18, 2pm at Infinity.

Go you Glendale Merlins, Queen City Rams... the Rocky Mountains are with you! 

Super Rugby Round 14 - Preview: 5.17-18

Super Rugby Round 14: Preview 5.17-5.18

Crusaders yet the headliners, better than a bonus-point victory than their nearest chasers, Hurricanes, and nearly four b-p wins over the other conference leaders. Three NZ, three SA and two OZ clubs in the playoffs frame just now

Friday, 5.17:
               Hurricanes (40) v (28) Jaguares at Westpac, Wellington - 1:35am MST: only home loss this year for ‘Canes to league leaders, but Sleek Cats have been successful twice on the trot this season; sunny and low 50s, no rain, minimal wind;

               Rebels (28) v (28) Bulls at AAMI Park, Melbourne - 3:45am MST: home boys would like the conference lead back and that can happen with a happy today as the Mob are idle; ditto-esque their guests regards SA conference headboys, Big Fish; a gong-banger of the highest level and M-o-W; 60, no rain, little wind;

Saturday, 5.11:
               Blues (21) v (23 ) Chiefs at Eden Park, Auckland - 1:35am MST: both XVs are struggling and the outcome of this could very well dictate the complexion of each clubs' remaining schedules; no desperation now, but actually yes, yes there is; other M-o-W; low 60s, no rain, fair westwind;

               Reds (23) v (22) Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane - 3:45am MST: see above, each must win, though the ordering seat at the Australian Conference table is far closer than the spread in the Land of the...; other-other M-o-W; upper 60s, no rain, little wind; 

               Lions (26) v (29) Highlanders at Ellis Park, Jo’Burg - 7am MST: both are coming off tight, formative victories last weekend; homeys looking to feature themselves in the extra time frame with joy; this’ll be telling for travelers; this too, would be an M-o-W;  low 60s, no rain, breezy;

               Stormers (24) v (47) Crusaders at Newlands, Capetown - 9:15am MST: hosts will like to stem the onrushing red and black tide, but it’ll be hard work; visitors must feel confident, riding high on their High Veld demolition job last weekend; high 50s, no rain, not much wind;
Brumbies on the bye
                                 "may all your rugby occur on a pillow-soft paddock, firm to your step" - anon

Monday, May 13, 2019

Major League Rugby - 5.13 WRap

MLRNA WRap: 5.13 - By the Numbers
home wins @ Toronto (2)
road wins by San Diego, Seattle
ppd - weather: Houston v Glendale

2 or 3 fixtures remain: 10 or 15 potential table points to be won
accumulations in the 50s should see extra time; 60+ would ensure it

Toronto absolutely nuclear hot now on half dozen happies in succession, looking very much like last year’s improbable French 14 champions, Castres, with their rugby expression now.
Frontrunner change again as San Diego did the business on NOLA in Louisiana.

If we were at the track, the horses are well into the homestretch with no clear winner evident just yet from the tightly knit pack of six. Looking like a photo finish!

 By the Numbers, On the Weekend

8             points up at the midpoint, with an additional penalty, made for an 11-point difference at the end of the day and Toronto performed the  requisite in topping Austin Elite at York Stadium, 24-13;

12           for the house at the midpoint, 19 for everyone with 10 minutes remaining, then a 71st minute grounding by San Diego 9, Tai Enosa, along with its conversion by Conor Kearns, and the Legion upended NOLA on the trot, 26-19, claiming the ordering seat at table in their exemplary, definitive process;

2             trys by New York number 2, Dylan Fawsitt, in the last ’10 insufficient the task of reducing the 24-point Seattle halftime advantage and United, whose prospects seemed bright a short time past, now languish out of the extra time frame with their pals, Glendale, after the 31-38 home loss to the ‘Wolves;

1             point Utah halftime lead, 15-14, could not be held by Warriors and Toronto did what champions do in returning for 28-21, 5-point victory over the club from the western Rockies at Lamport;

no byes due Arrows-Elite makeup


Sunday, May 12, 2019

Super Rugby Round 13 WRap

Super Rugby Round 13 WRap
5.11-5.12, By the Numbers

- home wins @ Chiefs, Highlanders, Lions, Rebels
road wins by Crusaders, Hurricanes

Four of five NZ Conference clubs happy with the only loss in the Land of the Long White Cloud coming from a Kiwi v Kiwi contest.

Numbers one and two shifted places in OZ with the Mob stampeding from out the playoff frame into the ordering seat at conference table and that Gang of Insurgents falling to second, yet in the extra time box.

All clubs in SA within a bonus-point victory of one another as that cage match continues unabated though with a bit of shifting in the standings. Big Cats only winners.

17           of 22 counted by the Hurricanes Barrett brothers on 1 try apiece - number 10, Beau, had 2 conversions also and number 15,  Jordie, had a sticksplitter of 3, too... along with a grounding by flyer, Ben Lam, sufficient the task of topping Blues at Westpac, 22-12;
2             yellow tickets issued Reds meant the Queensland club were down 1 man, 25% of the match and the Rebels host banked 17 during those intervals of advantage to best their guests, 30-24, in Melbourne; 14 for travelers 10, Bryce Hegarty, on 1-and-4 from the floor;

20           by Crusaders 10, Richie Mo’unga, on 5 conversions and a brace of groundings, plus a hat trick by the flying Sevu Reece made enough  to blow Bulls straight out of Loftus Versfeld and render Los Toros unto second place in the conference after a record of 45-13;

12           by home 10, Josh Ioane, on 3-and-2 struck from his shoe and Highlanders knocked back Jaguares at Forsyth Barr, 32-27; 12, too, by traveling 10, Juan Diaz-Bonilla, on 3-and-2 in the effort in which Los Pumas came up 1 try shy;

2             trys for 9, Brad Weber, the last for the win, and Chiefs got back to winning ways in denying former SA Conference leader, Sharks, a lossless tour, with the 29-23 result; 13 for visitors 10, Curwin Bosch, on 2-and-3 from his tee;

3             for Lions relief 10, Shaun Reynolds, in the 67th minute sufficient to pip Waratahs at Ellis Park, 29-28, as Big Cats roar;

5             try Brumbies got the 5-pointer, blanking SunWolves in Canberra, 33-nil, and moving into topspot on the continent in their progressive process;

Stormers on the bye

Friday, May 10, 2019

Rugby Colorado Semifinals of State

Major League Rugby: Toronto Arrows Ascend

Toronto Arrows, who began yesterday in 6th place at the MLR Table, popped into 3rd and well into the playoffs frame, with bonus-point victory last night over Austin Elite in the True North, 24-13. Arrows halfback, Andy Ferguson, got the first try and its conversion before putting the plus-2 on a grounding by Uruguayan threequarter, Leandro Leivas. A pair of second stanza scores by front row Rob Brouwer and the bonus-point try by flyer Kainoa Lloyd made the Toronto number. For their measure, Austin picked up a conversion and a pair of sticksplitters by center, AndrĂ©s Vilaseca and a grounding by Valiseca's midfield partner, Simon Bienvenu. 

The Arrows go again on Sunday v Utah and with the result in that fixture could see themselves in second should San Diego fail at NOLA Gold on Saturday. Toronto, whose outlook seemed a tad bleak a short fortnight ago, are now the hottest side in the league right now on four wins in succession; though they may lose their current placement after Saturday's matches, that spot or better may be had with joy on Sunday.

- did someone say, "Summer 15s?"
only one place in the country has a 15s League and that would be your 
Rocky Mountains

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Major League Rugby - Preview

Major League Rugby North America Weekend+ Preview

Clubs have either three or four fixtures remaining. Therefore 15 or 20 the potential points to be had. 60+, possibly high 50s, table points should earn extra time maybe a number in the low 50s, but more than that to ensure more work at season's end would be the target. 

Thursday, May 9th:
               Toronto Arrows (45) v (4) Austin Elite at York Alumni Stadium ONT, 5pm MST: home team could conceivably go from 6th to 2nd on the table as they’ve a brace of fixtures upcoming their extended weekend; tonight is the makeup, but it must begin tonight and carry straight through Sunday; Elite yet seeking their first joy of the season; high 50s with rain and wind for the derby that Toronto must win;
Saturday, May 11th:
               NOLA Gold (50) v (47) San Diego Legion in Gold Stadium, Marrero LA, 1pm MST: well if you’re thinking, “it doesn’t get any better than this: numbers 1 & 2 on the table," you're right! 1 with four fixtures remaining, 2 with three yet; they’ve traded places on the chart in the last fortnight and they can do so once more with traveler joy; warm with temps in the low 80s, but also wet with wind to slippen the pig and slicken the pitch; M-o-W;

               New York United  (42) v (41) Seattle SeaWolves at the MCU, on the shore at Coney Island, Brooklyn, 2:30pm MST: numbers 3 and 5 in the standings will be slamming, jamming and absolutely looking to make a statement here and now; the other match of the weekend; low 60s, little wind, no rain for this critical contest;

               Houston SabreCats (11) v (42) Glendale Raptors in AEVA Stadium TX, 6pm MST: gotta win Glendale versus a ‘Cats crew that roar, “BRING IT” - deceptively good; temps in the mid-70s and little wind, but it will have rained in the morning, so possible slippen and sliden;  
Sunday, May 12th:           
               Toronto Arrows (3?) v (16) Utah Warriors at Lamport Stadium ONT, 12pm MST: see above re: ‘Cats v Raps; forwards forecast with good bit of rain on tap, lotta wind and temperatures in the mid-to-low 40s...

no byes with Austin making up their weather cancellation in the True North on today!