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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Rugby Colorado: Regis Jesuit Raiders v Denver East High Angels


Regis lineout

In as significant a late-season fixture as you’re likely to see, Regis Jesuit hosted Denver East in a derby that would go a long way in determining the top of the league at Lou Kellogg Rugby Grounds, The BoxTop, on the Wednesday evening. 19 points on 7-from-7 sticksplitting prowess by the Raiders right wing, Lou “Sweet” Vera, and a brace of touch downs by his flying partner, Drew Schlegel, made for tightness at the table ‘twixt the numbers one and two at the Rugby Colorado, Division 1 feast.

Opening innings scoreless, though much fractivity in the first 10 minutes of action as each side sought to establish their respective patterns: Regis with impressive industry at breakdown resulting in turnover ball, while East benefited from the Raiders overeagerness at that critical phase as their hosts gave up numerous penalties with possession exchanging hands.

Raiders onboard with a Vera penalty struck from the left side of the pitch, 30 meters out, and it was 3-nil for homeboys in the 11th minute.

East were mixing up their offensive method, employing long range boots from flyhalf Sam Addix to pin the Raiders in their own end of the paddock midway through the opening period.  Regis showing form now in ball retention and openside flanker, Chris Linn, a demon on the defense; the #7 was keen for contact with cracklin’ tacklin’ and needy-greedy paws at breakdown.
Jesuit got another three-pointer from Vera in the 20th minute and the significant figures became 6 and 0. Vera added a third penalty strike from closeby the right touchline and it was 9-nil as referee Rick Goldammer signaled the halftime.

Regis were winning the Battle of the Breakdown though they were being undone on occasion by infraction, while East experienced difficulty breaching a solid and savvy Raiders defensive alignment.

The Jesuit extended their lead two minutes into the second period with the first of Schlegel’s touch downs. East were pinged for side entry and flyhalf Ryan Maxfield pounded the pill downfield for a Regis lineout 12 meters from the Promised Land.  Lineout won and spun slickly along the backline saw Schlegel through a crease and shedding a tackler en route to a try that, with Vera’s additional deuce, made the scoreline 16-0 for the Raiders.

Vera enjoyed another penalty success and it was 19-0, six minutes into the half.

A wonscrum at their own ten meter line had Maxfield go soft side and feed Schlegel perfectly for the wing’s 60 meter dash along the sideline for a corner grounding made seven by Vera and it was 26-0 in the eighth minute of the second stanza.

Vera got a last penalty shot drilled from near the right touch and it was 29-0 with 10 to go.

East got on the scoreboard just prior to the death on a classy, smashy 20-meter line to goal cut by the Angels outside center, Yanni Stavropoulos, for a try that made for a 29-5 result at Goldammer’s last blast.

Scoring
Regis – Try: Schlegel (2); Con: Vera (2); Pen: (5);
East – Try: Stavropoulos;

Match Officials: Rick Goldammer (referee); Dan Hattrup, Mick Ryan (referee assistants)


Regis must win their final fixture v Chaparral on Saturday (scheduled for an 11am kick at the BoxTop) with the bonus point to overtake the Angels in the standings. 

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