Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Men's D-2 Roundup

Rocky Mountain Rugby: Men’s D-2 Roundup

With the staggered schedule necessitated by geography, weather and sundry other variables, the MD-2 league displays a wide range of statistical data just now: the nine clubs in the competition have either two, three, or four matches left on their slates and no one is mathematically eliminated, save for cellar-dwellers Aspen and Highlanders.
Park City Haggis is proving once again to be the best fare at the feast with one road loss only, a 24-30 defeat to Denver Harlequins 3.21. Scotland’s favorite supper has 32 table points from a record of 7-1-0. With a pair of matches remaining, v Boulder 4.11 and at Provo on the final weekend of action, Utah’s Finest should stay in the topspot and cop that first playoff seed from our union. Thereafter, it’s a junkyard dogfight for the second and final playoff spot:
Denver Harlequins, who began the season with a record of 1-3-0, have reeled off five victories in succession and are poised to close their playoff berth. With a record of 6-3-0 and 29 table points, the Quins can claim the second playoff spot with a road win over last-placed Aspen on 4.11.   
Colorado Springs, who started the season nailing four hides to their cabin wall, are 1-3 in their last four, though with a current record of 5-3-0 and 27 table points (TPs), they're for real  and ain’t out of it just yet. Last pair of matches for the Bear require travel up I-25 to Denver town for derbies with Highlanders on the 11th and Raptors the 18th. This will be a tough ask for the Springs club, yet one which Grizzlies are well-able to accomplish, which could turn those Jesters grins to chagrins!
Provo Steelers looked primed to make the playoffs an entirely Utah affair, but last weekend’s failure to appear for a brace of Front Range fixtures – at Springs on Saturday and at the Cooker on Sunday - does not bode well Steelers propensity  and ability to play out of state. Still, barring a terminating penalty assessment for blowing off the matches on the weekend, Steelers are yet in the numerical mix with 22 TPs and scheduled contests at Aspen, 4.4, and home v Park City for Final Fixtures Day (FFD) on 4.18, Steelers could get extra-time this season, but we reckon that a longshot.
Boulder Rugby showed well against the Barbarians on Saturday, and at 4-4-0 and 22 TPs, they could see post-season action, but that happy circumstance for the Men in Blue entails besting Haggis in Utah's Rockies on April 11th and topping Highlanders at PleasantView on FFD.

Denver Barbarians, 4-4-0 and 22 TPs, are into it still, but Barbos must win out v Glendale on 4.11 and then again v Aspen on FFD - both days with maximum points - to have a chance at extra-time qualification. Like their PRP squad, the D-2 Barbarians need to be fair perfect to earn an extended season come the tithes. 

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