Sunday, November 10, 2019

Friendly: Queen City tops Colorado Springs, awe-inspiring CSOBs

City's blindside flanker, Kyle Hilyard, breaks the defense to ground in the corner 

In a super-seasonal fixture that has no bearing on the numerics of RMR's Men's Division-3 table, but may go a bit for bragging rights over the long-cold, Queen City Rams hosted and toasted league-leading Colorado Springs Grizzlies, 39 - 34, on the StoveTop at Infinity. The Bear had walloped City a good one in their opening league action early in September and Rams looked to return in kind on this RugbyDay. 

Grizzlies went ahead on a 9th-minute corner try by their wing after multiple phases interspersing pick-and-goes with near channel smashes made for swift cycling to the three-quarters who touched down the opener for a 5-nil advantage just then.

Rams claimed the lead when speedy realignment in the backline made for a well-exploited overlap that freed Kyle Nachbar to try for conversion by flyhalf, Nick Prudhomme, and City in front, 7-5 at '15.

Colorado Springs returned to lead, 12-7, in the 20th on a crashover try and the additional deuce by their own standoff.  

A missed, makeable Grizzlies shot on goal at minute 25 presaged coming events and Rams made a trio of scores in the last 10 minutes of the first forty to take a 24-12 scoreline to the sheds at referee Brian Kelly's halftime signal. 

Springs got one back in the 51st for tallies of 24 and 17, but City extended the margin to 19 with a pair of groundings and 36-17 by the hour mark.

Grizzlies would touchdown a further triple, but only convert one of those trys, while City got a sticksplitter at the death for the result, 39 - 34.

Shock and awesome inspiration of the CSOBs

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