Monday, October 8, 2018

MD-2: PCH up!

Denver Highlanders/Boulder Rugby v Park City Haggis: 10.6-7.18
The Jake/PleasantView
Haggis brought it all day long at The Jake

They arrived, beastlike, in small bands of three and four, filtering down from the high hills in the west, bent on mayhem and riot. At the end of the second day of battle on Sunday, weary yet unvanquished, they’d accomplished their intent of mayhem at the maul and riot in the ruck and 10 table points their haul as they beat a victorious retreat, returning to their mountain aerie on the far side of the Rockies as frontrunners in Rocky Mountain Rugby Men’s Division-2.

For Park City Haggis had beaten Highlanders, 48-19, on the Saturday then headed northwest next day for to meet with Boulder Rugby, the ordering seat at top of table the prize.

Haggis got a brace of trys in the opening 20 minutes. The first from a quick lineout instigated by tighthead, Blake Burdette at midfield, who tossed to the Park City fullback, who sped on a cutter through the defense and on to the opposing corner of the pitch, scoring in the corner. The second touch down came when blindside forward, who very well could have been Man of the Match, was received of an errant Boulder lineout toss that dropped into his hands and he made short work of the 20 meters to goal for the try and 10-nil travelers, and those the significant figures at 34 minutes.

Boulder got aboard on a swift recycle from breakdown 12 meters out that enabled their fullback to scoop pill, cross and ground for a tightening of tallies at 10-5 in the 35th.

A successful Boulder penalty completion near time in the half made the scoreline 10-8 and the lads went off for inspiration and refreshment just after then.
Bruising and bashing the breakdown, and fierce the loose piece action from both sets of warriors; midpoint numbers indicating the parity ‘twixt the XVs.
Boulder claimed advantage on the efforts of their 11, who stepped inside a pair of virtual tackles, to try for the subsequent conversion, and new leader at ’48, 15-10, for homeboys.

Park City drew level on a crossfield kick claimed in goal by the openside flanker, and 15 for all at the hour mark; heated stuff in frigid temps!
Haggis regained the lead on a cutting, jigging and jagging meander by the fullback, transiting 25 meters to dot for the flyhalf’s plus two, and 22-15 for visitors at ’68.

Boulder knotted numbers once more on a hack forward by the wing and his own clever cover and all for 22 in the 74th minute.

No fatigue apparent now as the last, desperate actions ensued and everyone laid their everything on the line. Right before time, a well-struck sticksplitter sailed through the uprights from the traveling 10’s toe and Haggis held on for the 25-22, 5-point win.
Match Official: Brian Kelly

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