Sunday, October 4, 2015

Denver Barbarians v Boulder Rugby

Denver Barbarians v Boulder Rugby
Sunny with some clouds and temperatures in the low-to-mid 70s as Boulder, fresh off last weekend’s win over the Raptors at PleasantView, made the transit down Route 36 to test Denver Barbarians at the Barbos home turf on Observatory Park Rugby Ground. Well-played, though a bit of discontinuity from both sides with unlovely knock-on and infraction about the breakdown causing occasional disruption in the flow, and an absolutely thrilling passage of play at the death.
It was all Denver early with Barbarians scrum bossy and their breakdown industry significantly maintaining and providing for possession. First blood to homeboys as travelers were pinged for laying about at breakdown and flyhalf Ryan Walker split the sticks from just inside Boulder’s ten meter line within the interior left hash: 3-0 Denver at the 18th minute.
Boulder quicker to the breakdown in numbers now, though Barbarians powerfully at work there with 8-man John Godinet and inside center Jedi Teofilo lending brawny bulk to the task of pill acquisition.
Barbos penalty 25 meters out enabled Boulder #12, Sean Kilfoyle, to level the tallies from well-outside the left post, and everyone had three after 27 minutes off referee Erik Geib’s timepiece.
Three more for the guests as Kilfoyle knocked one through from the far side of the pitch and 6-3 for Boulder, 34 minutes into it.
Boulder would extend its lead when a penalty awarded five meters from joy was swiftly-tapped by the canny Kilfoyle and the quick feed to fast-moving backrow lock Paul Rohr was crossed-and-grounded by the traveler’s 8-man for an 11-3 Boulder advantage as Geib signaled the halftime break.
Barbarians with plenty of opportunity and looking fearsome in the midfield with scrumhalf Juan Bialy, and Godinet and Teofilo making mischief at contact and turning ball, but the Boulder backline looking very much the business with ball in hand, obtaining the outside corner in significant ground gains.
Boulder extended its lead after the re-start as flyer Rolland Wheeler made the outside on an overlap and finished fast from forty out, looping to centerposts after crossing to dot for Kilfoyle’s added deuce and 18-3 for the visitors at minute 47 and Barbarians looking a bit at sixes and sevens now.
The host remedy for that untenable state was a breakout from breakdown by openside flanker Luke Tripp, who shot out of congestion 30 meters from Boulder’s goal as from a cannon and stepped past a would-be stopper enroute to his fiver made seven by flyhalf Walker, and tightened tallies at 18-10 yet in Boulder’s favor.

Denver drew closer with a Walker sticksplitter from 25 out, in front of the posts: 18-13 just past the hour mark.
Barbos on their heels now as Boulder pressure in the form of a slick grubber up touch and miscue in Denver’s counter had the guests lineout five meters from goal, but staunch Barbarians defense at the gainline turned ball over and Barbos were covering great stretches of green in five- and ten-meter rushes from breakdown. Boulder’s eagerness to engage turned into offside infraction, and Barbos patiently moving upfield with penalty kicks to touch by Walker.
With the home side banging hard on Boulder’s door, well inside their opponent’s ten meter line, it was absolutely there for the Men in Green as the stadium clock showed 80’ minutes and the hooter sounded, but an errant communication in the hosts three-quarterline was slickly stolen by Boulder replacement back, Odelle Hyman. Hyman swiftly out-distanced pursuit for 70 meters, crossed into goal and touched down for Kilfoyle’s conversion, and a 25-13 record at Geib’s last blast.
            Denver – Try: Tripp; Con: Walker; Pen: Walker (2);
            Boulder - Try: Rohr, Wheeler, Hyman; Con: Kilfoyle (2); Pen: (2);

Match Official: Erik Geib

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