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Monday, October 9, 2017

Rocky Mountain Rugby MD-2

The Rocky Mountain Rugby men’s division-2 competitions went the way of the visiting sides on the weekend in all three matches. Boulder Rugby broke open a tight, 17-14 at-half contest with 17 second stanza numbers to triumph over Denver Harlequins at Cook Park, 34-14, to start the day; in the match of the weekend, Park City Haggis displayed grit and determination in sealing their road win over the Merlins on the StoveTop at Infinity, 46-43; and Barbarians, claimed undisputed ordering rights at table behind an 71-12 blasting of Highlanders in the second of six seasonal Battles for Denver at the Jake.

Inside center, Sean Kilfoyle, a TRY League-Rugby Colorado-University of Colorado product, led his XV past Harlequins on Cook Park’s Cooker Rugby Grounds, expressing consummate defensive and offensive skills as well as accounting for 19 of the visitors tally on a brace of touch downs, three conversions and a penalty. With the five-point win, Boulder have evened their record at 1-1-0 and ready for next RugbyDay’s (Saturday being the RugbyDay!) road trip to Denver and Highlanders at the Jake.

Haggis and Merlins were as two heavyweights, administering thunderous body blows of pack probes in pick-and-goes, and clinically elegant jabs in the form of backline incision as the XVs counted 89 points total. Travelers returned from 27-38 deficit with three touch downs in the final 10 minutes to carry the win at 46-43.

It was Statement Day the first forty at the Jake as Barbarians outside center, Michael Al-Jiboori dotted a hat trick of trys, flyer Antwun Baker grounded a brace and five other Barbarians dotted in the comprehensive, 71-12 win that puts the Men in Green in sole possession of the ordering seat at the table. Highlanders did not lack for opportunity in their guests 22, but Barbos defensive denied resolutely with a meaty ferocity sufficient to the task of blanking their opponents through the initial 68 minutes of the show. Barbarians are definitely the class of this league just now, and if they keep this side intact through next spring, they’ll be repping the Rocky Mountain Rugby and the West in the National Championship. Ajarrista, Al-Jiboori, Collins & Co are that good though we make that call along with the caveat they maintain their present matchday roster.

Denver Barbarians         3            0            0            15
Denver Highlanders       2            1            0            10
Glendale Merlins            1            3            0            8
Park City Haggis            1            0            0            5
Boulder Rugby               1            2            0            5
Denver Harlequins         0            2            0            0

Upcoming the weekend, Saturday 10.14:
·       Park City Haggis (5) v Denver Barbarians (15) in Utah – should be a blinder!
·       Denver Highlanders (10) v Boulder Rugby (5) at the Jake, noon kick – as good as you like… I’m goin’, you in’?

·       Denver Harlequins (0) v Glendale Merlins (8) noon at the Cooker; Merls need a win to get back on track… ‘Quins  seeking their first joy of the season

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