Sunday, March 5, 2017

Aurora Saracens v Denver East High Angels

RC – Boys Premier Division
Denver East Angels v Aurora Saracens

An absolutely stunning opening day for the high school season with temperature hovering around the 70-degree mark and a bit of vagrancy in the breeze at University of Denver as 2017 Rugby Colorado league play got underway with Aurora hosting Denver on the DU campus. Eight groundings by the high-flying Angels against naught for Saracens made for a five-table point victory as Denver’s determined action and smooth efficiency carried the day for the Boys of Heaven.

East early into the Sarries 22 and setting their pattern of breakdown, pick-and-go, breakdown, near-channel bash that brought play right into Aurora’s business district, ten meters from goal. Swift re-cycle by halfback, Theo Bennet, followed by flyhalf Sam Adix’ deft transfer, and fullback Luke Neureiter broke the Sarries defensive alignment to touch down and it was 5-nil for Denver in the 2nd minute.

Adix cleaved the uprights with a sticksplitter at the eighth minute and 8-0 for the visitors just then.

Prior to midpoint in the period East junior hooker, Aiden Rocchio, who would display an impressive work rate throughout the contest, arrived at breakdown and collected the pill to cross for Adix’ conversion and 15-0 at minute 13.

Rocchio back for more with his touch down that made the scoreline 20-0 for travelers.

East would close the half with Adix’ second penalty strike and a dot by flyer Josef Barber Jr. that saw tallies at 30 and 0 as field magistrate Stu Geiger whistled the break and it was lads to lockers for hydration and instruction. East benefited from a majority of possession and territory due the Angels speed to breakdown where they showed a greedy intensity and an ability to grapple with impressive result. Aurora had chances, but were undone by early season miscues that eventuated ball transfer.

Angels continued the tryfest in the second stanza with Neureiter dotting his brace 10 minutes after re-start for Adix’ completion and 37-0 for East.

Outside center Holden Kjerland-Nicoletti’s grounding six minutes on and the Neureiter deuce made it 44-nil and the rout was on for real.

East would ground a further pair of trys on flyer Max Gottesfeld score in the 58th minute and a dot by backrow lock Henry Page at the death to close the curtain on a convincing 54-0 win opening the Angels 2017 campaign.

                East – Try: Neureiter (2), Rocchio (2), Barber, Kjerland-Nicoletti, Gottesfeld, Page;                                      Con: Adix (2), Neureiter (2); Pen: Adix (2);

Match Officials: Stu Geiger (Referee); Paul Ault, Nick Bruno (RAs)
Geiger (center) and crew: Ault (left) and Bruno 


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