Thursday, March 17, 2016

MD-2: Table just got a bunch more interesting!

Hoke minds his troops
Park City Haggis rolled into Denver town last weekend sharing the fourth seat on the Rocky Mountain Men’s D-2 table with Glendale Raptors on a record of 3-2-0 and 17 match points. After a brace of victories, a hiding administered Barbarians on the StoveTop Saturday and a resolute come from behind win over Boulder Rugby at the Monarch K-8 Rugby Oval on Sunday, Haggis returned to Utah with 27 points and they reside in second place on the chart now.  In a pair of wins Head Coach Jason Hoke describes as, “pretty damn satisfying… any time you can come over the Mountain and take two… and against the current frontrunner, you have to like that.”  

Boulder Rugby yet reside in the ordering seat at table. With four matches remaining before playoffs, the Park City XV and its Utah rival, Provo Steelers, trail Boulder Rugby by three and four points respectively, each with a match in hand the leaders. Haggis play Steelers this upcoming Saturday at home - boom, boom, boom-boom! The victor will be level with first place Boulder, or will unseat the current table toppers if it’s a host result.

Haggis has three home matches, including this weekend’s dustup with Provo: they’ve home fixtures v Barbarians and Raptors on either side of a road trip to Glendale April 9th. Park City has positioned itself sweetly to be the determinant of its own destiny.

Boulder has road trips to Colorado Springs Grizzlies and Glendale Raptors as well as host duty of Denver Barbarians in their final fixture.

Provo Steelers will go up mountain for the crucial derby with Haggis on the weekend, and then Steelers host the Barbarians and Glendale on either side of a travel date at Denver Harlequins.

As Denver Highlanders premium second row, Mark Fernald, was wont to utter: “It’s time to strap it on boys!”

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