Thursday, May 16, 2019

Boulder v Broomfield: 2019 Rugby Colorado State D-2 Championship

Piece of the sky and the pill for the Broomfield leaper

Broomfield best in State

Tigers RFC, the high school club that represents Arvada, Broomfield and Westminster emergent men’s rugby in Colorado, claimed the 2019 Rugby Colorado Division-2 State Championship in dramatic fashion down the Kettle at Infinity just before time in the second half of extended play over Boulder Lions.

With temperatures hovering the 80⁰ mark and overcast skies, referee Cameron Pettit whistled up the onset of play and the rugby was full-on at the initiating drop.

Tigers saw success in sequential swift, hard-charging and challenging pick-and-goes from breakdown and off set pieces in the near channels, while Lions elected to open the field wide with service to their three-quarters and questioning territorial hoists down field that put the Tigers back-three backs under pressure.

First blood to Broomfield after a sticksplitting penalty goal by their scrumhalf struck truly from twenty meters out and to the right of the post: 3-nil for Tigers at the 6th minute.

Boulder’s reply came surely three minutes on after eight phases of forward progress diagonally into and through the Broomfield 22, and within their business district 10 meters from paint; Lions flyhalf snatched ball from breakdown and dove over the goaline to touch down the unconverted try and 5 and 3 the tallies after nine minutes of play.

Tigers regained the lead after persistent p-n-gs enabled a breach well-exploited by the alert Broomfield standoff, who touched down for his halfback partner’s conversion and 10-5 in the 16th.  

Boulder had a handful of minutes inside the Broomfield 22, attempting to punch through the Broomfield midfield, but Tigers resilient in defense just then and eventual turnover allowed for clearance to touch and the action moved to midfield.

A brace of touch downs by Lions blindside break and 8man, one grounded at time in the half and converted by their 10, had Lions ahead, 17-10, at Pettit’s midpoint signal and it was lads to lockers for hydration and instruction. Broomfield, mighty in the short bursts from breakdown, would have to lower their tackles in order to avoid the fend, while the Boulder backrow ran rampant; Lions for their measure, must find better grip on the pill out wide as errors there stymied movement, at times.

Tigers halfback, whose ubiquitous presence allover the pitch provided much forward mo' for the champions, digs the pill from breakdown hard-won by the Brromfield pack

Broomfield drew level on a sublime offload from their 10 to their speeding backrow lock, who crashed to space and looped the end zone to dot beneath, and in the center of, the uprights for an academic conversion and all had 17 just then.

Tigers attempt at a match-winning penalty goal from midfield at time drifted just wide the left upright and Boulder’s rushing reply well into Broomfield territory closeby goal failed when the ball fell forward at comprehensive Tigers containment.

Overtime in the last minute, Tigers smashed across for the grounding that brought home Tigers first Rugby Colorado State Championship with a record of 24-17 at the Sir’s last blast.

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