Sunday, July 7, 2019

Gentlemen of Aspen RFC v Vail RFC

A fine day for Footy

Aspen v Vail 

The Aspen versus Vail match is always an epic clash filled with canny machinations of halfbacks, the subtle subterfuge of midfield misdirections, and the strength and stamina of forwards packs is ever tested. Yesterday’s match was no different as 14 trys touched-down evenly and each XV’s completion rate level made for drawn scores before a last second penalty strike made the difference at Rio Grande Park.

Early handling errors led to opportunity for both sides. Vail were able exploit creases in their hosts defensive alignment for a brace of scores, one converted, and 12-nil in the 9th minute.

Aspen returned a trio of scores, two converted, and 19-12 for the home team by the 33rd minute, Aspen capitalizing on a pair of overlaps and mauling a drop-down try into goal.

Aspen lineout take

With Aspen on attack inside Vail’s ten-meter line, a floating communication out wide was intercepted by Vail’s wing and, with Aspen’s threequarters drawn forth on offense, an 80-meter race was on and that fluyer outpaced the chase for five and new leader in Vail, 24-19, at the Sir’s halftime signal.

this will be touched down for 5 by 15

Vail forwards looked big and bossy in both sets and loose, while Aspen runners were proving adept at tackle slippage.

Travelers lengthened their lead at the restart when an interception was returned yet again for touch down completed by Vail’s standoff and 31-19 for Vail in the 41st.

Aspen drew within a handful on a converted score at ’46, 31-26, but Vail’s reply in the 54th made it a 10-point margin, 36-26.

Aspen try

A Gentlemen’s try at the hour mark reduced the gap to three points, 36-33.

With final-20 fatigue flagging the action a bit, Vail’s 1st five-eighths stepped inside an arm tackle and grounded center-post for the near-automatic conversion, making tallies of 43 and 33 in favor of the visitors by the 68th minute.


A yellow ticket issued for unlawful action reduced Vail’s complement to 14 and Aspen exploited that advantage for a brace of scores, drawing level at 43s before a penalty award just outside Vail’s 10-meter line enabled the Aspen numbers man’s determining three-pointer and 46-43 for homeboys the final.

Cowpie is next Weekend!


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