Sunday, May 10, 2015

Rugby Colorado D-1, third place: Colorado Springs v PAC

Colorado Springs Grizzlies v PAC Rugby

The Division-1 match for third place between Grizzlies and PAC yesterday at Infinity Rugby Complex in Glendale was a lopsided affair with this year’s premier promotee, PAC, putting half dozen trys down against a single by the Bear. The Front Rangers from Platte Valley and Conifer claimed show position on the final 2015 Rugby Colorado High School chart in a definitive manner: PAC backrow lock Gray Lincoln dotted a tryple, loosehead prop Nate Colley a brace, and replacement Mark Ellerbrook grounded the last, while standoff Davis Price was successful in four-from-six conversions and 38-7 the victory over the Springs on a soggy Kettle paddock.
A break to space by the PAC inside center brought the play into Grizzlies business district (within 10 meters of goaline) before tackle and breakdown enabled Lincoln the snatch from the back of the loose, his powerful dash out wide and the cross-and-grounding that meant, along with Price’s conversion, a 7-nil lead to the mountain men with eight minutes gone from referee Dave Fellows timepiece.
Grizzlies were experiencing difficulty reaching the gainline due largely to the competence of the PAC defense, though abetted by a slippery pill and the shifty, slidey pitch. Springs on the hunt with lineout inside the 22, but the ball was expertly turned over at breakdown and Lincoln smashed his way to space and outpaced the chase for three-quarters of the  length of the field to touch down his second try of the match; with Price spot-on the completion, 14-0 for PAC in the 17th minute.
PAC were assessed a yellow card and thus down a man when Grizzlies patient, plodding packwork brought the action into PAC’s business end of the stadium. Five punishing pick-and-goes by Colorado Springs until three-quarters, Ashkon Golabi, scooped and sprung across goal to touch down for flyhalf Cal Robeson’s additional deuce and 14-7 for PAC at minute 25.
The big, roaring Lincoln grounded his hattryck at the close of the first thirty; with Price perfect in completion just now, 21-7 the way accounts stood as Fellows sounded the midpoint break and lads were off to lockers for hydration, instruction, and ideally, inspiration.
PAC’s fierce intent at breakdown coupled by Grizzlies inability to make their gainline and maintain possession the difference at the half.
A blistering counter by PAC’s fullback and savvy support from the front row had loosehead Nate Colley in position to ground in the seventh minute of the second stanza: 26-7 to PAC now.
Five more for the leaders as replacement Mark Ellerbrook dotted for a 31-7 advantage seven minutes on, and a final grounding by Colley (converted by Price) for a 38-7 record at Fellow’s final whistle.
            Home – Try: Golabi; Con: Robeson;
            Guest – Try: Lincoln (3), Colley (2), Ellerbrook; Con: Price (4)

Match Official(s): Dave Fellows (Referee); Autumn Gardner, Mark Huff (RAs); Tom Coburn (CC)

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