Sunday, September 23, 2018

Euro+Pros Wrap

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Boulder v Barbos: A Clash of Titans - full match report

Boulder Rugby v Denver Barbarians: 9.22.18; PleasantView, Boulder; bd

Boulder picking up the jouncer, support evident

Boulder Rugby Club turned a 14-19 halftime deficit into an unseemly victory, administering reigning national champions Denver Barbarians Rugby Club a first defeat since October 15, 2016 in a wild and wooly 11-try fest under sunny skies with negligible wind on the Front Range. Both had opened the season last weekend with heavy, five-point wins, and were effectively sharing the ordering seat at table save for the differentials, and each were looking to take sole possession of topspot as evidenced by the determined and deliberate activity at breakdown, and flair, on occasion, displayed in the threequarters.

Denver got up early on a try by Mike Pisney made seven by flyhalf Lance Eberhart in 6th minute: 7-nil travelers.

Boulder drew level with engine roomee, Brodie Logan, bursting tackles into space 20 meters from goal to ground for halfback Colin Johnson’s conversion and everyone had lucky seven at ’15.

Big bumpees and jarring sticks in the mid channels from centers on both XVs 20 minutes into the fractious and physical fray.

Barbos back in front after five-meter scrum was won and spun for center, Alex Schultz’ crashover goal and touch down; 14-7 for the travelers at 30 minutes.

Denver increased its advantage in the 36th minute with a won lineout feeding tighthead, Eric Meyer, on a scything line to cross and dot; 19-7 then and Boulder were looking for answers.

Homeboys got ’em at the halftime hooter on 40 meters made through five phases of superb transfers, then pill spun out of breakdown five meters from goal to inside center, Greg Hesler, who knifed past the spread defense to touch down for Johnson’s conversion and 19-14 as lads to lockers for water and wisdom. 

Denver’s pack, at times, was rolling the Boulder set piece, bossing the scrums, and Barbos with much more possession, while maddening knock forwards and mindless mishandles the bane of both XVs.

After restart, with Barbarians pressing at the Boulder 22 and having the lineout toss, the Men in Green appeared very much on the front leg. That lineout offer won and spun, but the vigilant and capitalistic Boulder 10, Jake Shomer, poached a loopy communication and was off on a streak upfield and down into the Denver 22 before being brought to ground. Swift recycle found a flying Ben Hirschman free to close for Johnson’s +2 and new leader in the 48th minute, 21-19 to hosts.

Boulder increased its advantage three minutes on as Shomer again set the stage, whirling through would-be stops dervish-like, to transfer for flying Warner Wyckoff’s fantastic finish and Johnson’s deuce, and 28-19 at ’51 with Boulder very much looking the rugby company.

Handling mites biting the Barbos now as turnovers frustrating their big men, and opportunistic Boulder crafty and cunning with those spoils.

Boulder got another at the hour mark on a perfectly undulating line of communication that made 50 forward meters for Shomer’s expressive touch down and Johnson’s conversion: 35-19.

Barbarians struck back driving deep into the Boulder 22 in orchestrated advance from breakdown with tight, ground-eating pick-and-goes. From the breakdown two meters from goal center Alex Schultz snatched ball and crashed into goal to touchdown for Eberhard’s conversion and the tallies tightened at 35-26, yet for the home side in the 65th minute.

Boulder was pinged for no release at tackle and Barbos hoisted the touch finder well inside the Boulder 22, lineout for Denver, within ten meters of the zone. A further try from Barbarians hooker Danny Bell made the scores 35 and 31 at minute 75 and the crowd on the eastern berm held a collective breath as the sides returned for kickoff.

Furious and fierce the action in the final moments, but it was Boulder who would have the last shout, with replacement front row, Ben Rotstein, banging across for the ending converted by six-from-six-completion, golden-toed Johnson, a 42-31 record and a new head of the RMR MD-2 table. 

               Boulder – Try: Logan, Hirschman, Wyckoff, Team, Shomer, Rotstein; Con: Johnson (6);
               Denver – Try: Pisney, Schultz (2), Meyers, Bell; Con: Eberhard (3)

Match Official: Brian Kelly

Upon Reflection: Absolutely no quit in the Boulder Boys; down 7-19 nearing time in the first forty, they might have laid down, but the Big Blue Men mounted an attack that came to fruition, making the midpoint deficit eminently more manageable. Number 10, Jake Shomer, demonstrated significantly at the pivot, and midfielders Greg Hesler and Zach Savage were comprehensive in containment in the face of battering Barbarians centers. Man of the Match goes to the Boulder Pack, however.

Barbarians have graduated a number of players integral to their field operation, yet their infrastructure has remained in place, if anything it has gotten far stronger with the ascendancy of legendary backrow, Logan Collins, to the presidency. The Mean Green XV didn’t gel well yesterday, but that doesn’t mean that is to be their employment upcoming the future; the capable Denver coaching staff will have the side improving every training session. Bit of a bump in the highway yesterday for the Barbo, but one should not expect that effect to linger.

next upSaturday, 9.29.18: Boulder on the road at Highlanders, while Barbos making the journey to the Western Slope and Park City Haggis, Creation's favorite rugby meal!



Saturday, September 22, 2018

Boulder Beats Barbarians


Boulder Rugby are undefeated after two rounds, taking down the USA Rugby MD-2 national champs at PleasantView, 42-31 today - full match report in the morning : )

Monday, September 17, 2018

Women's Premier League - 9.17

WPL: By the Numbers – 9.17

12           -nil early for DC Furies looking the business before Atlanta Harlequins unleashed an 8-try barrage, scoring the next 51 points in 51-12, 5-point victory; Quins 10, Corrine Heavner, put Atlanta in front 15-12 on a 3-pointer just shy of the half and visitors raced away from there; 1 double for Harlequins blindside flanker, Monique Compito, and 11 off the toe of Heavner on 4 conversions and the penalty;

3             the measure of separation after 80 as San Diego Surfers ran out to a 19-0 advantage by the 32nd minute in Oregon; Home team drew level in the next 10 minutes and 19 for the house by minute 43; Surfers touched down twice by ’61 for a 10-point lead and ORSU scored a converted try at the death to make the final 29-26 in favor the travelers; hat-trick for WaveRiders openside, Sam Pankey, and 1 tryple, too, for Oregon openside, Rachel Johnson;

7             -try Glendale pounded Chicago North Shore, 45-0, as fantastic flyer, Nichole Wannamaker, grounded 4 times and Merlins 10, Hannah Stolba, counted a personal haul of 15 on a touch down and 5 conversions;

4             lead reversals by the 45th minute meant lively action in the battle for supremacy of the Red Conference before Beantown pulled away and then held off New York for 33-30 victory in The Big Apple; 13 for Beantown 12, Kim       Rozier on 1 grounding and 4 conversions; NY out-tryed the Bostonians 6-4, but 0 conversions meant a dozen left on the deck by the New Yorkers kickers; trick question: when does 9=10? ans: when both Beantown engines, Stacey Bridges      and Clare Akauma, numbers 4 and 5, score trys, which they did... get it?

Upcomes the weekend:

Sat, 9.22
Atlanta Harlequins (12) v (16) Beantown Rugby: both can touch down the ball and put up the points; defense will win this one, the other Match of the Weekend!

Sun, 9.23
Twin City Amazons (9) v (6) D.C. Furies: D.C. won by a deuce in the nation’s capital to open their campaign and have struggled with containment since; homegirls are coming off a week’s rest after trouncing then-frontrunning New York; ‘Zons are tough at home where they’ve yet to lose this season; could very well be a bonus-point win if the Twin Cities offensive machine cranks;

Chicago North Shore (2) v (7) Oregon Sports Union: home team will like to bolster its defense, while ORSU will look to exploit any and all alignment lapses;

San Diego Surfers (16) v (14) Berkeley All Blues: travelers got the better San Diego, 17-10, in Northern California opening day last month; All Blues would like a similar result, but Surfers will be itching for payback... this will be   Match of Weekend!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Rugby Championship: Surprise! Surprise!

Both Pumas and Springboks claimed road victories in the 4th Round of the championship. Argentina made a 3-point halftime lead 4 points by the end, 23-19, over Australia on the Gold Coast, while the South African, 7-point, midway advantage was whittled to a deuce at 36-34 by the ref's last blast in Wellington.

All Blacks have held #1 in the World Rankings for nearly 9 years (11.19.09), since knocking South Africa from topspot.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Future of Rugby

Stapleton-Park Hill Wolpack gettin' busy on RugbyDay
You'll feel like Nostradamus you come to City Park Saturday!

Try League: u-8s through u-14s every Saturday from now until October 13

Glendale v 303 Rugby u8s - man in yellow is youth referee; big kids are coaches
Match Competitions:
Saturday, September 15th, 2018 (all day)
Location: City Park, Corner of 23rd and Colorado
Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 (all day)
Location: City Park, Corner of 23rd and Colorado
Saturday, September 29th, 2018 (all day)
Location: City Park, Corner of 23rd and Colorado
Saturday, October 6th, 2018 (all day)
Location: City Park, Corner of 23rd and Colorado
Saturday, October 13th, 2018 (all day)
Location: City Park, Corner of 23rd and Colorado

RMR Weekend Recap

Rocky Mountain Rugby – By the Numbers

MD-2: The Red Division - Round 1

               10           -try Boulder picked up the 62-12 road win over Denver Harlequins on the weekend; doubles by 11, Warner Wyckoff and 12, Greg Hesler, and a 17-point haul from the visitors scrumhalf, Sean Kilfoyle, on 6 conversions and a grounding assisted the Boulder tally, while trys by blindside flanker Anthony Fisher and fullback Paul Bordenkircher, one converted by 10, Steve Zaugg, made up Quins number;

               7             points by the third minute on a try by 12, Matt Soderman and its conversion by 5, Sean Welfare augured well for Highlanders, but lasted less than five before Barbarians sparkplug, Carmine Hernandez rounded the base of the scrum 35 meters from goal into space to finish fast and ground for the conversion by 15, Devin Martling, which drew the XVs  level at 7s; Barbos subsequently rode a 32-14 lead into the break and compounded into the final forty to record 49-21 victory in their opening title national defense;
Park City Haggis were idle

upcoming Saturday, 9.22
               Boulder Rugby (5) v (5) Denver Barbarians at PleasantView, nooner: for 1st place!
               Park City Haggis (0) v (0) Denver Harlequins at Park City: wotcher, Favorite Rugby Meal?
Highlanders v D3 Eagles

MD-3: The White Division - Round 1

1                 the measure of separation at 8-7 in the 18th minute before Flamingos knocked out 20 unanswered as travelers gave 2017 champs, Colorado Springs the dull surprise and claimed 5-point victory in the Springs; 1 double for Flamingos 6, Gabe McCabe in the 44-31 win;
22           the haul for Queen City Rams 10, Scott Trench on a brace of       groundings, 3 conversions and 2 penalties as Rams upended Littleton Eagles, 42-21;
Laramie no se
upcoming Saturday, 9.22
               Queen City Rams (5) v (1) Colorado Springs Grizzlies: this’ll be a dandy of the Jim kind!
               Northern Colorado Flamingos (5) v (0) Laramie Lumberjacks: birds for 2 running?

MD-4: The Blue Division – Round 1

               16           the difference between Marauders and Rush at 40-24 as Marauders got 5 in Broomfield:

               5             the points haul for Boulder as Quins forfeited, 0-28;

               7             for the house through the 45th minute before Barbarians grounded thrice in an  8-minute interval to command a 24-7 lead by minute 53; Highlanders scored twice to draw within 5 at 19-24; Barbos closed the scoring with a try by flyer, Dante Brown for the 29-19 record;

upcoming Saturday, 9.22

               Colorado Rush (1) v (0) Colorado Springs Grizzlies: opener for the Bear;
               Boulder Rugby (5) v  (5) Denver Barbarians at PleasantView: this’ll be good!

Monday, September 10, 2018

EuroPro Rugby Wrap - 9.10.18

Aviva Premiership, Guinness Pro14 and Top 14 roundups -

Women's Premier League

WPL: By the Numbers – 9.10

5             the points haul as Glendale Merlins removed Berkeley All Blues from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 46-21 decision that put the Merls right on the Blues hind at table; 3 first forty lead changes until Glendale loosehead prop, Sarah Chobot, touched down a fiver placing homegirls at an advantage, 15-14, they would not forsake; 2:1 try-scoring ratio for the victors; 1 double for Merlins openside, Rachel Ehrecke, and 11 for 10, Hannah Stolba, on 3 conversions and 1 try;

4             -try Beantown 15, Kenyan sensation Michelle Omondi, and 17 for 12, Kim Rozier, on 1 try and 6 conversions as the Titletown XV ripped on DC Furies, 52-3, in Boston;

1             first forty double for flyer, Tiffany Tate, and San Diego rode a 24-0 midpoint advantage to 24-10 victory over Chicago on the road in Illinois;

10           -minutes the 5-0 lead, on a try by New York 14, Sara Levy, before evaporating as Twin Cities went on a 7-try rampage  culminating in a 39-5, 5-table point win; Amazons “tackle and turn” game plan stymied Big Apple’s Best and    vaulted the ‘Zons from the cellar into the middle of a lively Red Conference pack;

Upcomes the weekend:

Sat, 9.15
Furies (6) v (7) Harlequins:  Quins are coming off the bye weekend, while Furies will look to return to form after last weekend’s loss in Boston;

ORSU (5) v (11) San Diego: travelers on a 2-0-0 run just now and seek to continue their winning ways; Oregon are wanting to level their record in front of the home crowd;

Sun, 9.16
Chicago North Shore (2) v (11) Glendale Merlins in Chi-Town: road win and Merlins could be in sole possession of the ordering seat at table, dependent on the WaveRiders outcome, but the larger the points haul the better for Glendale; North Shore, meanwhile, will be trying to find ways to win, elusive paths thus far this season;

New York RC (10)  v (11) Beantown: certainly the Match of the Day if not the Weekend; should be an extremely lively battle of Red Conference heavyweights with the winner taking topspot in the division