Friday, April 26, 2019

RMR MD-2 All Star Selections

A list of notables from 2018-2019:

2018-2019 Rocky Mountain Rugby Men’s Division-2

Most Valuable Player

Blake Burdette: a capped member of USA Eagles, the former University of Utah standout can insert anywhere into the pack. Calmly decisive, the Park City talisman coolly connects all the pieces of the puzzle of play with a constancy that is detectable by the forward movement of his XV. Burdette has ever-displayed the characteristics on the pitch and values off of it that are intrinsic to our game. His production in the fall earned him a callup to the professional league with the Utah Warriors side.

2018-2019 Rocky Mountain Rugby Men’s Division-2

First XV

               1 - Loosehead Prop Jeff Westbrook: Highlanders first row is a rock-solid scrum anchor, durable and with the wind to move around the pitch as a blindside;
               2 - Hooker Elliott Kairys: Boulder’s versatile number two is steady on with bursts; eminently reliable critical thinker who expresses conceptually as brilliant playmaker who knows where the paint is and how to get there;
               3 - Tighthead Prop Nick Mostyn: Haggis prop-forward is as effective a front row grappler as can be found in the Rockies; he ranges the field with personal g-p-s ever locked onto the ball to significant effect;
               4 - Second Row Ruaidhri Wintersgill: Boulder power in the engine room, sure-handed and agile in the loose, with the capacity to break to space and link with support;
               5 - Second Row Will Hardenberg:  23 years old Barbarians motorman and former Cincinnati Celt can claim lineout ball, settle into a laudable scrum shove and gallop as a thoroughbred after bursting to space;
               6 - Blindside Flanker Eric Walzer: Park City breakaway covers the pitch with such speed and alacrity that at times he appears to be fast-forwarding; a true and honest ball hound; basher on blasts in the openfield with quick effect on defensive realignment;
               7 - Openside Flanker Estevan Crispin: a CSU product who has turned out for the Barbos to significant effect; smoothly formative into the breakdown, he produces action and maintains forward flow;
               8 - Backrow Lock John Cullen: yet another PC player whose form earned him a call-up to the professional league with Utah; fearsome on the swift trot and sweet with the subtle offload;
               9 - Scrumhalf  Sean Kilfoyle: the Boulder fireplug has a shrewd sense of play and reads opposing XVs with an astute, level-headed and comprehensive expression; equally adept at cruising the crease, lifting a loft, or distributing the pill along the three-quarterline;
               10 - Flyhalf Charles Ajarrista: Barbarians string-puller is masterful behind the scrum; canny intelligence and precision from the boot whether going for goal, touch or territory; smooth delivery along his backline and of a size and will to stop the largest forwards;
               12 - First five-eighths Greg Hesler: Boulder center is a black hole of a stopper with the ability to locate and exploit the slenderest of openings in defenses and with the hands to setup mates for open space from apparent congestive scenarios;
               13 - Second five-eighths Matt Soderman: Highlanders midfielder is a marauder who is a deliberate and effective tackler-and-turner-over-man; of a pace and presence to cover the pitch and support at breakdown well and truly;
               11 - Wing Paul Bordenkircher: the Harlequins flyer is consummately effective whether defending or burning a line along touch; in the style of Welsh standard, Shane Williams;
               14 - Wing  Zach Savage: Boulder three-quarters features afterburners with a nitrous enhancement in the comprehensive closer’s engine compartment; a keen sense for the painted line;
               15 - Fullback Randy Pati: Haggis’ fullback expresses the speed and decision-making accuracy of a Christian Cullen in combination with the smart savvy of a Simon Zebo and the befuddling steps of a Quade Cooper: these evident attributes make the man dangerously interpolative whether in-filling the line or on the counter.


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