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 ERRFU  

         

  5.15.13  

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  ERRFU  View,  or  EView  is  a  weekly  publication  by  and     for  the  greater  Colorado,  USA  rugby  community.  An   online,  Ezine  version  may  be  accessed  by  right-­‐clicking  this  or  that  link  and  choosing  "open  hyperlink".  

                                 

           

Ridgeview  (gold)  and  Titans    (blue)  players  contest  possession  

 

   image:  Tom  Sitzman  

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ERRFU  Referee   Society        rugby  tuneologists      

 

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In  this  Issue:  

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High  School  Championships   Men’s  D-­‐1  playoff  action  -­‐  upcomers   TRY  League  Youth  Symposium   High  Performance  Youth  Camp   2013  Summer  Mountain  League  Match  Schedule   mini  Golden  Oldies  staging  for  weekend  prior  to…   46th  Annual  Aspen  Ruggerfest:  Ruggerfest  XLVI   International  Pro  Update    

 

  Colorado  State  champions,  Summit  County  (girls)  and  Colorado  Springs  Grizzlies  (boys)  RFCs  run  drills  in  joint  session  on  Monday  at   Springs  home  pitch,  The  Crater,  prior  to  departure  for  their  national  competitions  –  image:  McGregor  

What  a  great  day  this  was  for  Rugby!  The  ENTIRE  Summit  Girls  team  traveled  to  the  Colorado  Springs  Crater   for  a  final  day  of  training  and  rugby  camaraderie  before  both  squads  head  off  for  their  respective  National   Invitational  Tournaments  this  weekend.  We  combined  the  teams  right  from  the  first  warm  up.  As  practice   progressed,  we  integrated  more  until  we  finished  with  a  bit  of  side  versus  side  to  get  the  legs  going  and  hands   on  the  ball.     Following  training,  both  teams  gathered  for  a  BBQ  to  wish  each  other  great  fortune  in  their  tournaments.   This  is  what  it  is  all  about,  great  kids,  great  coaches,  and  great  organizations  in  the  great  sport  of  rugby!   -­‐  Otis  McGregor     grizzlieswormsgrizzieswormsgrizzlieswormsgrizzieswormsgrizzlieswormsgrizziesworms    

 


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Colorado  Springs  Grizzlies  top  East  High  Angels  for  Colorado  D-­‐1  Championship  Crown   written  by:  Mark  van  der  Molen  

  Springs  lock,  Max  Roberson,  goes  to  contact                      image  C.  Fletcher  

Rugby  Colorado  Division-­‐1  State  Finals  took  place  this  past  Saturday  May  11,  2013  at  Infinity  Park  in  Glendale   and  pitted  two  perennial  powerhouse  teams  against  one  another.    The  East  High  Angels  have  been  to  the  D-­‐1   State  Final  eight  times  over  the  past  20  years  and  have  come  away  with  the  Championship  in  three  of  those   finals  with  their  last  Championship  having  been  in  2004.  The  Colorado  Springs  Grizzlies  have  been  the  team  to   beat  as  of  late  in  Colorado  High  School  rugby,  having  been  to  the  D-­‐1  final  six  out  of  the  past  nine  years  and   having  won  it  all  the  past  three  years  in  a  row.       The  pre-­‐match  buildup  started  with  the  East  High  Angels’  bagpipers  leading  the  teams  out  onto  the  pitch.    The   crowd  was  then  further  entertained  by  Mark  Musselman’s  rendition  of  our  National  Anthem,  which  sent  the   players  onto  the  field  with  an  adrenaline  rush  and  the  crowd  clamoring  and  clapping  for  their  respective  teams   and  players.  Finally  it  was  the  Colorado  Springs  High  Grizzlies  performing  the  Hakka  on  their  half  of  the  field  as   the  East  High  Angels  lined  up  together  to  accept  the  challenge  from  their  opponents…  and  all  of  this  was   before  the  first  whistle  to  start  the  match.  

 

Marc  Nelson  got  the  call  to  referee  the  match  with  John   Kenney  and  Brian  Kelly  assisting  him  from  either  touch  line.   The  weather  was  perfect  rugby  playing  conditions  with  the   temperature  in  the  mid  60s,  some  sparse  cloud  cover,  and  no   precipitation  to  speak  of,  at  least  for  this  final.  Nelson  made   sure  his  assistants  were  ready,  got  the  wave  from  the   Colorado  Springs  captain,  flyhalf  Seth  Halliman,  indicating  his   side  was  ready,  and  then  Nelson  blew  his  whistle  to  get  the   Halliman  (w/ball)  fronted  many  a  Grizzlies  attack                                                   match  underway.   image  C.  Fletcher   East  High  Angels  started  the  match,  kicking  off  to  the  Colorado  

Halliman  (ball  in  hand)  leading  Springs  charge                                                                    image:  C.  Fletcher  

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Springs  High  Grizzlies  forwards  who  quickly  proceeded  to  bang  off  each  side  of  the  ruck  or  maul  up  the  field   with  Springs  hooker,  Patrick  Donovan,  having  a  nice  run  through  a  crowd  of  East  defenders  and  getting  the   ball  back  close  to  mid-­‐field.  The  ball  was  then  spun  wide  going  through  the  hands  of  Springs  inside  center  #12   Mathew  Skipworth,  who  got  a  nice  pass  off  to  his  fullback,  Ashkon  Golabi.  Golabi  split  the  defense  and  then   got  off  a  pass  to  winger,  #11  David  DeLaCruz,  who  went  the  rest  of  the  50  yards  in  for  the  match’s  first  try   after  just  over  one  minute  of  play.    #12  Mathew  Skipworth  was  successful  on  the  two-­‐point  conversion  as  the   Grizzlies  jumped  to  an  early  lead.  Angels  0  to  Grizzlies  7.         East  chose  to  kick  the  ball  a  little  deeper  and  to  the  Colorado  Springs  backs  on  the  next  restart,  but  the   Colorado  Springs  Grizzlies  were  set  to  continue  their  rampage  off  the  loose  sets  as  they  bashed  the  ball  ahead   a  couple  times  headed  up  and  to  their  left  upfield.  However,  some  good  defense  and  an  unfortunate  knock-­‐on   gave  a  scrum  to  East  just  22  yards  away  from  the  Springs  goal  line.   East  flyhalf,  Jackson  Bock,  got  his  backs  into  the  fray  as  they  bashed  ahead  and  then  the  angels  were  awarded   a  penalty.  East  went  with  a  quick-­‐tap  and  advanced  ahead  where  they  were  awarded  another  penalty,  which   they  quickly  tapped  through  the  mark,  to  continue  their  running  attack  keeping  the  tempo  at  a  frantic  pace.    East  tighthead  prop,  C  J  Cade,  slipped  off  the  side  of  a  ruck  and  used  his  big  frame  to  fend  off  multiple   defenders  and  advance  the  ball  down  to  just  ten  yards  from  the  Grizzlies  goal  line.  The  Angels  then  spun  the   ball  wide  but  Angels  #13,  Adam  Jester,  could  not  quite  sneak  down  the  sideline  as  he  was  tackled  into  touch   inside  the  five  giving  the  Springs  a  lineout  to  restart  play.  Colorado  Springs  won  the  line  out  and  cleared  the   ball  down  the  field  and  out  of  bounds  near  midfield,  stopping  the  East  High  attack  deep  inside  the  Grizzlies  22   for  the  moment.   After  winning  their  own  line  out,  East  advanced  the  ball  and  were  awarded  another  penalty  as  the  Grizzlies   were  pinged  for  coming  in  from  the  side.  The  Angels  chose  this  time  to  kick  the  ball  down  for  territory  and  got   the  ball  down  to  just  outside  the  Colorado  Springs  22  line  for  a  line-­‐out  to  further  their  frenzied  attack.  From   the  line  out,  Colorado  Springs  were  penalized  again  for  not  having  been  back  ten  yards  and  the  Angels  once   again  quick-­‐tapped  trying  desperately  to  thwart  the  Colorado  Springs  defense  which  stood  fast  for  the   moment.       East,  after  some  more  phases,  were  yet  again  awarded  a  penalty.  Having  been  unsuccessful  breaking  through   the  defense  to  put  points  on  the  board  from  having  quick-­‐tapped  their  previous  penalties,  Angels  put  the   penalty  attempt  on  their  flyhalf,  Jackson  Bock,  who  promptly  slotted  the  ball  through  the  uprights  as  both   assistant  referees  held  up  their  flags  to  award  the  three  points  to  East  just  eight  minutes  plus  into  the  match:   Angels  3  to  Grizzlies  7.   Colorado  Springs  chose  to  kick  the  restart  deep  as  East  looked  to  run  with  their  counterattack,  but  knocked-­‐on   one  of  their  passes  after  only  a  couple  of  phases.  Colorado  Springs  also  was  thwarted  with  their  attack  as  a   forward  pass  changed  team  possession  yet  again  deep  in  the  East  half  of  the  field.  Colorado  Springs  were  then   awarded  another  scrum  and  Grizzlies’  #8,  Camden  McGregor,  ran  the  ball  left  off  his  own  scrum  and  dished  to   his  #10,  Seth  Halliman,  who  unloaded  to  #13,  Jim  Kenney,  who  unloaded  to  #11,  David  DeLaCruz,  who  looked   as  though  he  might  go  in  for  another  try  until  he  was  gang-­‐tackled  down  just  inside  the  Angels  two  yard  line.   The  Grizzlies  pack  then  attempted  to  bash  the  ball  ahead  several  times  as  they  inched  closer  to  the  Angels’   goal  line  before  getting  another  penalty  awarded  to  them  from  the  five  yard  line.  Second  row,  Max  Roberson,   for  the  Grizzlies  got  his  hands  on  the  ball  and  went  for  the  goal  line  in  between  the  posts,  with  the  help  of  his     grizzlieswormsgrizzieswormsgrizzlieswormsgrizzieswormsgrizzlieswormsgrizziesworms    

 


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tighthead  prop,  Joe  Zielinski,  was  pushed  over  across  the  line  where  he  put  down  the  second  try  of  the  match   for  the  Grizzlies  just  thirteen  minutes  into  it.  Skipworth  easily  split  the  uprights  from  right  in  front  for  the  extra   two  points  as  the  Grizzlies  added  to  their  point  total:  Angels  3  to  Grizzlies  14.   The  Grizzlies’  attack  continued  from  re-­‐start  as  the  put  away  DeLaCruz  back  inside  the  East  side  of  the  field.  A   penalty  was  awarded  just  outside  the  35-­‐yard  line  of  the  Angels  and  the  Springs  openside,  Dan  Kenney,  chose   to  kick  the  ball  down  for  territory  inside  the  seven-­‐yard  line  of  the  Angels.  The  Springs  pack  drove  the  ball   forward  from  the  line  as  hooker,  Patrick  Donovan,  got  the  ball  back  in  his  hands  and  drove  forward  down  to   the  two-­‐yard  line.  From  the  ensuing  ruck,  Donovan  got  his  hands  back  on  the  ball  and  went  into  the  left  corner   for  the  match’s  third  try  fifteen  minutes  along.  Skipworth  again  split  the  posts  with  his  two-­‐point  conversion   from  ten  yards  out  from  the  sideline:  Angels  3  to  Grizzlies  21.       The  next  ten  minutes  saw  possession  change  back  and  forth  with  both  teams  attempting  to  run  each  other’s   defense  ragged.  #23,  Tahj  Willingham,  had  a  nice  counter  down  the  sidelines  from  an  errant  Springs  kick  that   did  not  find  touch,  but  Willingham  was  put  out  into  touch  just  18  yards  away  from  the  goal  line.  East  got  the   ball  back  from  their  own  lineout,  but  were  penalized  for  crossing  when  one  of  their  players  was  judged  to  be   in  front  and  in  the  way  of  the  Grizzlies  tackling  defense.  The  Grizzlies  did  a  quick-­‐tap  of  their  own  as  Halliman   received  the  ball  and  straightened  his  line  before  taking  a  step  off  his  right  foot  past  his  opposite  number,   through  and  past  the  Angels  defensive  line.  From  there  it  was  a  sprint  for  the  line  and  Halliman  made  the  line   showing  great  speed  …  enough  to  go  over  for  a  try  twenty-­‐four  minutes  into  the  first  half.  Skipworth   continued  his  kicking  perfection  of  the  two  point  conversions:  Angels  3  to  Grizzlies  28.   Colorado  Springs  added  to  their  lead  again  several  minutes  later  as  Halliman  broke  through  the  line,  dishing  to   outside  center,  Kenney,  whose  running  got  the  ball  down  deep  inside  the  Angels’  half.  The  Grizzlies’  pack  again   took  charge  of  bashing  the  ball  forward  with  multiple  phases  until  second  row  Roberson  went  in  for  his  second   try  of  the  match  with  just  a  couple  of  minutes  to  play  in  the  half.    Skipworth  just  missed  the  two-­‐point   conversion:  Angels  3  to  Grizzlies  35.   East  Angels  were  desperate  to  get  back  in  this  match  and  put  on  a  furious  attack  with  tighthead  Cade  and   some  of  his  pack  bashing  the  ball  down  inside  the  ten  yard  line  after  having  lost  their  #13,  Adam  Jester,  for  ten   minutes  on  a  yellow  card.  The  ball  got  spun  out  wide  and  fullback  Willingham  used  his  pace  down  to  the   corner  to  go  in  for  a  try  right  on  halftime  to  keep  the  Angels’   hopes  alive  going  into  halftime:  Bock  was  unable  to  convert   the  two  points  from  the  side  line:  Halftime  -­‐  Angels  8,   Grizzlies  35.  

Angels  fullback,  Tahj  Willingham,  on  counter                   image:  C.  Fletcher  

Two  minutes  into  the  second  half  the  Grizzlies  offense  again   proved  to  be  deadly  as  the  pass  out  from  the  pack  down   from  scrumhalf,  Josh  Smith,  went  out  to  Grizzlies’  #  14,   Mark  Steiber,  who  unloaded  his  pass  back  inside  to   Halliman,  who  went  in  for  his  second  try  of  the  match.   Skipworth  got  back  on  track  and  added  the  two  points:   Angels  8  to  Grizzlies  42.  

The  Angels,  having  given  up  points  again  right  from  the  start  of  the  half,  were  determined  to  get  back  in  the   match  and  upped  their  attack,  but  they  were  thwarted  from  scoring  points  several  times  as  the  Grizzlies   barbosdolphinsbarbosdolphinsbarbosdolphinsbarbosdolphins  


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defense  held  strong.    Ten  minutes  into  the  second  half,  the  Angels  backline  got  into  the  fray  after  receiving  a   ball  from  their  forwards.  From  the  ruck,  the  ball  traded  hands  from  Bock,  to  #12  Josh  Spicely,  to  #13  Adam   Jester,  and  out  to  the  speedy  Willingham  who  went  in  for  his  second  try  of  the  match.  Bock  missed  the  two-­‐ point  conversion:  Angels  13  to  Grizzlies  42.   Second  row  Roberson  then  showed  off  some  of  his  own  speed  18  minutes  into  the  second  half.  Poaching  the   ball  from  the  Angels  pack  after  it  had  squirted  out;  Roberson  scooped  it  up  and  then  proceeded  to  sprint  55   yards  down  the  field  dodging  East  High  defenders  before  going  in  for  a  brilliant  individual  try.  Skipworth  was   unable  to  convert  the  two  points.  Angels  13  to  Grizzlies  47.   The  Angels  continued  their  attack,  attempting  to  get  back  in  the  match,  but  the  Springs  defense  continued  to   hold  strong  as  they  thwarted  attacks  and  then  proceeded  to  eat  up  minutes  in  the  game  through  keeping  the   ball  possession  through  multiple  attacks  of  their  own.  East  High’s  Duncan  Frost  received  a  red  card  with  a   couple  minutes  to  play  and  this  seemed  to  take  the  sails  out  of  the  Angels  wings.   Halliman  continued  to  impress  the  crowd  with  his  attacks  as  he  scampered  past  t  the  Angels  defense  before   unloading  to  #21,  Grizzlies  replacement  Alexios  Therianos  who  went  over  for  the  eighth  try  of  the  match  for   Grizzlies  with  only  a  couple  of  minutes  left  in  the  match.  Skipworth  missed  the  two-­‐point  conversion:  Angels   13  to  Grizzlies  52.         Both  teams  had  long  stretches  of  possession  and  phases  in  the  match,  but  the  Grizzlies  abilities  to  maintain   possession  and  put  the  final  push  across  the  line  to  come  away  with  points  proved  to  be  too  much  as  the   Colorado  Springs  Grizzlies  won  their  fourth  Colorado  State  Division  One  title  in  a  row:  Final  -­‐  Angels  13  to   Grizzlies  52.   The  Grizzlies  head  off  to  Nationals  next  week  and  look  to  do  Rugby  Colorado  proud  and  hopefully  bring  back   some  hardware.   Division-­‐2  Championship:  Fort  Collins  v  Jr.  Gents  

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Fort  Collins  RFC,  charter  member  of  Colorado  High  School  Rugby,  and  Roaring  Fork  Valley’s  Jr.  Gents,  legacy  of   the  storied,  men’s  Aspen  RFC,  program  put  their  respective  seasons  on  the  line  at  The  Kettle  on  Saturday   afternoon  in  a  fractive  event  that  had  the  sizable  crowd  of  spectators  thoroughly  involved  throughout.  Stodgy   and  steady  forwards  work  by  Collins  was  countered  by  the  wide-­‐open  play  of  the  young  Gents  in  a  Battle   Royale  for  the  D-­‐2  Crown.  Fort  Collins  brought  along  its  undefeated  league  record  and  number  one  seed  while   the  Gents,  seeded  number  three  at  the  tournament  onset,  had  knocked  out  #2  seed,  PAC,  in  the  previous   round  just  at  that  semifinal’s  last  blast  and  were  looking  quite  keen  to  the  task  this  day.    A  clearance  that  went  to  space  instead  of  touch  was  collected  by  Fort  Collins  fullback  Santiago  Griffin,  who   brought  play  swiftly  into  Gents  territory.  Short  bangers  from  the  maul  by  Collins  big  men  led  by  second  row,   Kevin  Nurzynski,  had  the  breakdown  12  meters  from  Gents  goal.  Service  out  of  the  loose  piece  by  scrumhalf   Cade  Morton  to  flyhalf,  Zeke  Williams,  enabled  the  standoff  to  flipper  his  way  to  space  and  outpace  the  chase   for  fifteen  and  the  cross-­‐and-­‐ground:  5-­‐nil  to  Fort  Collins  after  eight  minutes   of  play.   Gents  went  immediately  on  attack  after  the  re-­‐start  and  poured  into  the  Fort   Collins  business  district.  A  penalty  to  the  Gents  awarded  by  referee  Rick   Goldammer  enabled  Gents  halfback,  Matt  Williams,  the  quick-­‐tap-­‐and-­‐go  and   the  canny  scrumhalf  did  just  that,  crossing  for  the  try  that,  along  with  halfback   partner  Wiehan  Pretorius’  conversion,  made  for  a  new  leader  at  7-­‐5  with  11   minutes  recorded.  

Gents  scrumhalf  Williams  -­‐  dangerous   w/ball  in  hand                    image:  C.  Fletcher  

Three  ticks  onward  and  a  penalty  goal   Alex  Kinney,  struck  from  12  meters  out  off   Collins  back  in  front,  8-­‐7,  midway  through  

from  Collins  tighthead,   the  right  post,  had  Fort   the  opening  half.  

Collins  spent  a  good  deal  of  the   period  on  the  front  foot,  but  pillaging  by  

remainder  of  the  first   Gents  grapplers  and    

Supporters  from  Clan  Williams  were  on  hand  to  cheers  on  the  Gents    image:  T.  Sitzman  

relief  supplied  by  the  actions  of  #9,  Williams  and  #10,  Pretorius  kept  the  Collins  horde  from  their  gate,  and  the   lads  went  to  lockers  at  Goldammer’s  halftime  signal  closeknit  at  8  and  7  to  the  Fort.   The  second  period  began  as  a  breeze  freshened  and  made  balls  launched  to  touch  stay  in  play  and  hang  in  the   air  for  lively,  frantic  action  by  both  sides  until  Jr.  Gents  magic  man,   scrumhalf  Matt  Williams,  put  the  mountain  men  back  in  front  with  a   try,  and  it  was  12-­‐7  to  the  Gents  as  the  sky  clouded  over,  fifteen   minutes  into  the  second  stanza.   The  Gents  were  to  realize  the  final  numbers’  joy  when  its  ubiquitous   #9,  off  of  wonscrum  at  midfield,  streaked  to  Collins  10  meter  line   before  offloading  in  the  tackle  sweetly  to  his  #10.  Pretorius  fended  his  

Williams  sets  Pretorius  free                                          image:  T.  Sitzman  

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way  to  space  and  sped  for  forty  to  dot  the  try;  with  his  own  conversion,  a  final  of  19-­‐8  to  the  Jr.  Gents  went  for   the  record.     Scoring   Fort  Collins  –  Try:  Z.  Williams;  Pen:  Kinney;   Jr.  Gents  –  Try:  Williams  (2),  Pretorius;  Con:  Pretorius;   Match  Officials:  Rick  Goldammer,  Jim  Bramley,  Paul  Johnston                

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  Titans  Rugby  RFC  v  Ridgeview  Academy  RFC  –  Championship  Match  

                                     line-­‐out  contest            image:  T.  Sitzman  

The  clubs  from  the  eastern  and  southeastern  outskirts  of  the  Denver  Metroplex,  numbers  1  and  2  on  the   Colorado  Division-­‐3  high  school  seeding  table,  battled  in  The  Kettle  to  initiate  Title  Day  for  the  sport  whose   membership  is  burgeoning  as  “rugby-­‐fever”  consumes  the  state.  Three  lead  changes  and  an  instance  of   knotted  scores  were  testament  to  the  level  of  competition  on  the  clear  and  sunny  late-­‐Saturday  morn  as  11   trys  in  total  were  grounded,  though  unevenly  distributed.   Both  sides  experienced  difficulty  in  finding  the  ball  handle  and  subsequent  knock-­‐forwards  resulted  in   stoppages  and  possession  exchanges  early  on  in  the  match,  and  much  action  between  the  22-­‐meter  lines.     Ridgeview  were  able  to  put  together  a  series  of  phases  from  maul  and  ruck  after  a  penalty  award  30  meters   from  Titans  goal.  Academy  were  soon  in  the  Titans  business  district  banging  hard  on  the  knocker  and  in   possession  at  breakdown.  Quick  snatch  from  out  the  loose  by  second  row  lock,  Narhan  Moss,  and  that  engine   roomee  had  powered  across  from  three  meters  out  for  the  touch  down  converted  by  left  wing  Jonathan   Martinez  and  Ridgeview  were  up  7-­‐nil  after  eight  minutes  of  play.   After  a  wonscrum  15  meters  out  from  the  Academy  Promised  Land,  Titans  drew  level  when  standoff  Keegan   Anderson  threaded  through  the  defense  into  Academy’s   business  district  before  offloading  to  hooker,  Marcus   Sorenson  in  close  support.  That  #2  slipped  over  for  the  dot   that  was  converted  by  Anderson  and  everybody  had  the  hot   seven  in  the  13th  minute.   Ridgeview  spent  the  next  seven  minutes  working  the  pill  in   Titans  territory,  stabbing  away  with  bangers  off  maul  and   ruck  that  were  well-­‐absorbed  by  the  Titans  defenders,  until   at  breakdown  five  meters  from  goal,  the  “always-­‐around”   Moss  had  collected  ball  and  dived  across  for  his  second  try              scrumdown,  Titans  put                                                      image:  T.  Sitzman  

of  the  match  and,  with  Martinez’  additional  deuce,  his  side’s   second  lead  at  14-­‐7,  20  minutes  into  it.  

And  Moss  was  to  increase  that  margin  three  ticks  on  with  his  grounding  for  the  hat-­‐trick  tryple  at  the  end  of   an  impressive  Academy  “goldrush”  to  goal.  Ridgeview  were  up  19-­‐7  with  Titans  looking  at  sixes  and  sevens   just  now.  

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Mishandled  kick  coverage  had  Titans  in  their  opponent’s  business  district  near  time  in  the  half.  Awarded   penalty  possession  by  referee  Ryan  Haggerty  for  an  offside’s  infringement  five  meters  from  goal,  a  quick-­‐tap   enabled  Anderson  the  front  foot  and  the  standoff  would  not  be  denied,  crashing  over  for  the  dot  that,  along   with  left  wing  Josh  Lyon’s  conversion,  made  the  tallies  19  and  14  in  Ridgeview’s  favor  as  field  official  Haggerty   sounded  the  midpoint  break  and  the  lads  went  to  lockers  for  instruction.   Titans  had  closed  well  at  the  half  to  draw  within  a  handful,  Ridgeview  were  looking  particularly  effective  in   openfield,  incursive  action,  and  the  crowd  bevvied  up  during   the  interval  in  anticipation  of  a  lively  second  stanza.     The  Parker  side  burst  from  the  re-­‐start,  pouring  into   Academy  territory  in  fits  and  starts  from  its  productive  maul   and  barging  into  the  Academy  business  district  with  a  will  to   goal.  And  they  got  theirs  when  the  forwards  mauled  over   the  paint  and  #18,  Shay  Farrell,  grounded  the  pack  try;  with   Lyon’s  completion,  Parker  had  its  first  lead  at  21-­‐19,  three   minutes  into  the  last  half.                      Titans  service  from  breakdown            image:  T.  Sitzman  

Ridgeview  re-­‐gained  the  lead  three  minutes  later  as  flyer   Jonathan  Martinez  crossed-­‐and-­‐grounded  from  inclose  for  his   own  conversion  and  the  score  was  26-­‐21  to  Academy,  six  minutes  into  the  second  period.   Speed  and  pressure  resulting  from  the  Titans  chase  made  for  Academy  isolation  just  inside  its  22.  Turnover   ball     had  the  Parker  forwards  on  the  march  before  ball  spilled  forward  enabled  an  Academy  scrum  outside  its  22.   But  Sorenson’s  swift  strike  at  the  ensuing  set  piece  saw  Titans  in  possession.  Openside  flanker,  Paul  Slunaker’s   savvy  grab,  his  fend  to  space  and  subsequent  outpacing  the  chase  to  goal  had  that  breakaway  grounding  for   Anderson’s  conversion  and  we’d  a  new  leader  in  the  42nd  minute  at  28-­‐26  to  Titans.   Titans  remained  on  the  front  leg  with  further  scores  by:  scrumhalf  Grayson  Ostdahl  (a  brace  at  16  and  23   minutes  of  the  second  period)  and  a  last  dot  by  blindside  break,  Aaron  Weinheimer,  just  before  time  in  the   match  made  for  a  record  of  47-­‐26  at  Haggerty’s  final  whistle.     Scoring   Titans  –  Try:  Sorenson,  Anderson,  Farrell,  Slunaker,  Ostdahl  (2),  Weinheimer;  Con:  Anderson  (2),  Weinheimer   (4);   Academy  –  Try:  Moss  (3),  Martinez;  Con:  Martinez  (3);   Match  Officials:  Ryan  Haggerty,  Paul  Pettit,  Kasia  Wegrzyn  

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USA  Rugby  Divisions  1,  2  and  3  Playoffs  –  upcoming  Round  of  16  -­‐  (24)

 

Denver  Barbarians  and  Glendale  Raptors  Division-­‐1,  men’s  sides  travel  to  Texas  to  compete  for  the  right  to   return  home  and  a  berth  in  USA  Rugby’s  Best  Four  at  Glendale  first  weekend  in  June.   Raptors  will  take  on  Belmont  Shore  this  Saturday,  their  opponent  in  the  2012  title  match,  for  the  right  to  meet   Saturday’s  winner  of  Austin  Blacks  v  Olde  Puget  Sound  Beach  on  Sunday,  while  Barbos  play  Jamie  Cullen’s   Santa  Monica  Dolphins  first,  and  then  the  victor  of  Saturday’s  Olde  Mission  Bay  Athletic  Club  v  Dallas   Harlequins  match  the  following  day.   Rugby  Atlas  and  all  its  Rugby  Scribes  as  well  as  the  production  staff  of  your  ERRFU  View  wish  the  best  of  the  hunt  on   our  champions  as  they  test  their  mettle  against  the  finest  rugby  clubs  in  America.  We  are  certain  that  the  sides  have  the   backing  of  the  entire  Colorado  Rugby  community  in  their  respective  quests  for  USA  Rugby’s  championship  mantle.  

 Eastern  Rockies  Rugby  Football  Union Referee  Society  

 

Touch  Judge  (TJ)  and  Assistant  Referee  (AR)  Course,  May  18th,  1:00  pm,  Course  will  be  held  at  the   Glendale  Administration  Building  (950  South  Birch  Street     Glendale,  CO  80246)  adjacent  and  connected  to  Infinity  Park  Stadium,  The  Kettle.       This  is  the  perfect  opportunity  for  parents,  coaches,  and  players  to  get  involved  and  to  learn  more  about  the  game!    The  course  consists  of  instructor-­‐led  discussion,  video  clips,  and  other  course  materials  where  participants  in  the  Touch   Judge  course  will  learn  when  the  ball  is  in  touch,  Touch  Judge  signals,  places  of  throw  in,  positioning  and  Seven-­‐a-­‐side   variations.         Participants  in  the  Assistant  Referee  course  will  learn  how  to  adjudicate  foul  play,  signaling  and  reporting,  positioning,   and  how  to  use  communication  systems.    The  courses  will  culminate  with  a  brief  quiz  to  validate  the  participant’s   certification  as  a  USA  Rugby  Touch  Judge  or  Assistant  Referee.    Registrants  must  have  current  CIPP  registration  with  USA   Rugby.    Cost:  $25  (course  fee,  $50  if  completing  both  Tough  Judge  and  Assistant  Referee  courses).       Both  the  Touch  Judge  course  and  Assistant  Referee  course  will  be  held  back  to  back.   Please  make  sure  to  register  for  both  courses  if  attending  both.       TJ  Course  Registration  (copy-­‐and-­‐paste):   https://www.allplayers.com/g/referees_certification_courses_touch_judge_touch_judge_may_18th_glendale_co/regist er/select   AR  Course  Registration  (copy-­‐and-­‐paste):     https://www.allplayers.com/g/referees_certification_courses_assistant_referee_assistant_referee_may_18th_glendale _co/register/select     barbosdolphinsbarbosdolphinsbarbosdolphinsbarbosdolphins  


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Try  Rugby  Symposium                                                                      2013  Registration  Form                                                                                Advertise  Your  Business  to  Over  2,000  Rugby  Parents         Event  Name:    1st  TRY  Rugby  Symposium      (Limited  to  40  vendors  per  Event)   Event  Fee:    $50.00  each  +  Door  Prize/Silent  Auction  Item  (Value:  $50.00  and  up)     Event  Time:    Time:  9:00am  to  2:00pm  -­‐  Setup  Time:    8:00am    -­‐    Rain  Check:    July  6th,  2013  Trailwinds  Park,   Thornton,  CO   Deadline:    Saturday,  June  8th,  2013                            Northern  Event  Place:    Trailwinds  Park,  13500  Holly  St,  Thornton,  CO  -­‐  Saturday,  June  22nd,  2013                            Southern  Event  Place:    David  A.  Lorenz  Regional  Park,  8422  S  Colorado  Blvd,  Highlands  Ranch,  CO,   June  29th,  2013                            I  will  attend  and  will  provide  my  own  table,  chairs  and  canopy  and  agree  to  pay  the  event  fee  and   donate  an  item(s).                            I  will  not  be  attending  but  will  donate  something  for  the  Silent  Auction  and/or  Door  Prize.                                        Item  Description:    ______________________________________________________Value:   _____________Qty:_______                            I  will  donate  $50.00  to  be  used  to  purchase  items  for  the  silent  auction  or  door  prize  under  my  name   and/or  Business.     -­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐-­‐                          Amount  Paid:  ____________________________                                      Cash:  ________________                                                                                            Payment  by  Credit  Card:    _________________                                      Check  #:  ____________  Payable  to:    RUGBY  COLORADO                           Name  on  Card:  ______________________________________________________________  Type:  _______________________     Card  Number:  _______________________________________________________________  Security  Code:  _______________     Expiration  Date:  (MM/YY)  ____________/______________        Signature:  ___________________________________________  

 

  MAIL  THIS  FORM  TO:    Northside  Youth  Rugby  Club   3170  Prince  Circle,  Broomfield,  CO    80020   or  Scan  E-­‐mail:    northsideTRYrugby@hotmail.com   For  further  inquiries  call  Cecil  at  720-­‐436-­‐6972  or  Kat  at  512-­‐743-­‐1725     PLEASE  NOTE:    If  you  are  a  “no  show”,  there  are  no  refunds.   Vendors will be notified when approved by the Rugby Colorado TRY Committee

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Summer  rugby  is  on  the  horizon!  

RMC  June  14  -­‐  16  

   

   

 

 

the  best  emerging  men's  rugby  talent  in  the  country,  June  14-­‐16    

Mountain  15s  League:  June  through  August  

B-­‐G  Wednesday  Night  7s  League  –  Denver  –  youth,  men's  and  women's  7s  

   

Cowpie  15s  Rugby  Tournament,  Saturday  July  13  in  Steamboat  Springs    

Denver  7s:  Dick's  Sporting  Goods  Rugby  Park  –  Saturday,  July  20  

SkiTown  15s  Rugby  Tournament  –  Glenwood  Springs  men's  and  women's  15s  competitions    

Vail  Olde  Boys  –  Saturday,  August  10  

Serevi  7s  –  Kettle  and  StoveTop  –  Saturday,  August 17  

June  8,  2013   June  15,  2013   June  22,  2013   June  29,  2013   July  6,  2013   July  13,  2013   July  20,  2013   July  27,  2013   August  3,   2013   August  10,   2013   September   20,  2013  

 

Rocky  Mountain  Challenge  –  All  Star  U-­‐17s  and  U-­‐19s  featuring      

 

 

Denver  Barbarians  B  @  Steamboat  

Grand  Junction  @  Breckenridge   Denver  Barbos  B  @   Steamboat  @   Brckenridge   Grand  Junction   Vail  @   Breckenridge  

Steamboat  @   Glenwood  

Breckenridge  @   Steamboat   COW  PIE  @   STEAMBOAT   Aspen  @   Breckenridge   Breckenridge  @   Glenwood   SKI  TOWN  @   Glenwood  

Breckenridge  @   Steamboat   COW  PIE  @   STEAMBOAT     Aspen  @   Steamboat   SKI  TOWN  @   Glenwood  

 

 

Vail  @  Aspen  

 

Vail  @  Aspen  

Glenwood  @   Vail  

Glenwood  @  Vail  

N/A  

Vail  @   Breckenridge  

Steamboat  @   Glenwood  

Aspen  @  Grand   Junction  

  COW  PIE  @   STEAMBOAT  

Grand  Junction  @   Glenwood   COW  PIE  @   STEAMBOAT  

Grand  Junction  @  Vail  

Denver  Barbos  B   Breckenridge  @   @  Vail   Glenwood   SKI  TOWN  @   SKI  TOWN  @   Glenwood   Glenwood   Steamboat  @   Glenwood  @   Old  Boys  @  Vail   Steamboat  @  Vail   Vail   Aspen   Aspen   Aspen  Ruggerfest   Aspen  Ruggerfest   Aspen  Ruggerfest   Ruggerfest  

N/A   COW  PIE  @   STEAMBOAT   Aspen  @   Breckenridge   Aspen  @   Steamboat   SKI  TOWN  @   Glenwood   Glenwood  @   Aspen   Aspen   Ruggerfest  

  Grand  Junction  @   Breckenridge   Steamboat  @   Grand  Junction   Aspen  @  Grand   Junction   Grand  Junction  @   Glenwood   COW  PIE  @   STEAMBOAT   Grand  Junction  @   Vail     SKI  TOWN  @   Glenwood     Aspen  Ruggerfest  


Defiance Rugby Club An Invitation to Play:

Ski Town 2013 August 3rd and 4th Glenwood Springs, Colorado Mtn/Div 2 Men’s 2 Pitches

Old Boys

2 Days

Women

Trophy Round Sunday

Lodging

Party

Surrounded by Mountains in Beautiful Glenwood Springs Just Voted the Best Small Town to Visit in America! Hot Springs Rafting Bring the Girlfriend!

Amusement Park

Bring the Wife! Bring the kids! for the Old Boys’ Amusement!

Details:

$350 Entry Fee

Bring the Mother-in-law

8 Team Brackets Trophies

And Of Course

FREE BEER FOR ALL THE RUGGERS! Enjoy Great Competition, Natural Beauty, Tune Up For The Fall! Come Rugby and Party with the Mountain Boys! Contact:

Bob Herrell, dbadbob@aol.com

Scott Archuleta, glenwoodrugby@yahoo.com    

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Colorado  Senior  Olde  Boys     COLORADO GOLDEN OLDIES MINI RUGBY FESTIVAL - SEPTEMBER 2013 Date: Sept 6, 7, & 8 2013 (To coordinate with the Aspen Ruggerfest the next weekend) Venue: Infinity Park, Rugbytown USA, Glendale, Colorado Age: 45 & up Entry fee: $100.00 per player, $50.00 significant other. Hotel: $99.00 per night (within walking distance to pitch) Check in: 1:00 to 5:00 at pitch Friday Sept 6. Welcome party 5:00 to 8:00 Festival Timing: Play 8:00 to 5:00 (Sat), 8:00 to 12:00 (Sun) Final BBQ 3:00 to 6:00 Sponsors: Rugbytown USA, Hooters, Breckenridge Brewery Activities:

Mile High Golden Oldies Rugby, welcome BBQ, closing BBQ, Beer for all participants

Merchandise: Included in entry fee, GO gift, team water, 2 parties, beer. Trophies:

For Sale: T-shirts, pins, rugby gear Oldest Player, Festival Personality, Golden Oldies Spirit Award, Referee, Best supported team

Referees:

Colorado & USA

Playing Rules: Golden Oldies Rules, Red shorts 60 to 64 claim but do not take to deck, Gold shorts - 65 to 69 yrs - no tackle, Purple shorts 70 and above, no tackle. Colored shorts can run only 15 meters and have to pass. No pressure scrums, no kicking behind 20 meter line. Benefactor:

Eastern Rockies Rugby Football Union

Additional Matches: If requested, Vail, Breckenridge, Steamboat Springs and Aspen See the attached You Tube (https://www.youtube.com /watch?feature=player_em bedded&v=OLop9HcigFo ) copy-&paste for the full story. If you are interested please Contact Fred Alexander at FSA333@aol.com , 10262 W. Ida Unit 241, Littleton, CO 80127 or 303-956-3630 (M), Cut off date is July 4th, 2013 so plan on having the Mile High Experience and some pretty good rugby.

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The G e n t l e m e n o f A s p e n would like to formally invite the World Masters Rugby clubs to participate in Aspen Ruggerfest 46 to be held September 12-15, 2013. We will have Open, 35's, 45's, 50's and 55's divisions. We are again actively pursuing a Women's Division this year. Ruggerfest provides your club with a great team-building atmosphere, and provides all with a great weekend of rugby celebration and camaraderie. Registration can be completed online at:

http://www.aspenrugby.com/2012/ruggerfest/ruggerfest-­‐registration

through  PayPal  or  contact  information  can  be  emailed  back  to  this  address  with  payment  of   the  $650  entry  fee  (or  $300  Women's  entry  fee)  sent  to  the  address  below.

Registration  is  not  complete  and  your  entry  is  not  secured  until  payment  is  received.   The  entry  fee  will  go  up  to  $750  per  team  on  August  1,  2013,  so  please  register  and  pay  prior  to  the  price  increase.   Thank  you,  and  we  look  forward  to  seeing  you  in  Aspen. John  Lassalette         President  and  Ruggerfest  46  Chairman   Aspen  Rugby  Club,  Inc.  dba   Gentlemen  of  Aspen  RFC   1280  Ute  Ave.,  Ste.  10   Aspen,  CO  81611-­‐2259   970-­‐948-­‐0141  cell   barbosdolphinsbarbosdolphinsbarbosdolphinsbarbosdolphins  


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World   Beat  

World   Beat  

Colorado  

   

         

     

 

 

Fabulist  Scribe  H.  Richard  and  L.  Trotski,  RA's  Pithy  Scribe,  for  Rugby  Scribes  

Heineken  Cup  Championship:  Clermont  Auvergne  v  Toulon,   Heineken  Cup   It’ll  be  French  Giants,  Clermont-­‐Auvergne  and  Toulon,  battling  at  Lansdowne  Road,  Saturday  May  18th  for  the   right  to  hoist  the  Heineken  Cup  for  a  victory  sup.  The  clubs  reside  in  the  #s  1  and  2  spots  on  the  French  Top  XIV   table  as  well,  so  there’s  the  possibility  that  those  sides  will  clash  in  that  championship  title  match  also.     Expect  Clermont  to  try  and  open  things  up  for  its  volatile  three-­‐quartersline,  while  Toulon  can  count  on  a   bunch  of  numbers  from  the  toe  of  its  incandescent  standoff,  Jonny  Wilkerson:      

 

 

 

 

Rugby  Atlas  predicts:    Clermont  25  –  Toulon  27  

   

                             

   RaboDirect  Pro12  

                 

 

RaboDirect  Pro12:  Semifinal  Round  Results   It’ll  be  an  all-­‐Ireland  Championship  final  for  the  former  Celtic  League  as  Ulster  topped  Scarlets,  28-­‐17,  zipping  to  a  17-­‐3   midpoint  advantage  and  staving  off  the  Welsh  return  in  the  second  stanza  for  the  victory;   Leinster  edged  Glasgow,  17-­‐15,  at  the  RDS  in  a  Battle  Royale;  Warriors  were  on  the  good  end  of  a  2:1  try  ratio,  yet  four   Jonathan  Sexton  penalty  strikes  and  an  8-­‐man  Jamie  Heaslip-­‐grounding  made  for  Irish  happiness;   Upcoming  Final:  Ulster  v  Leinster  @  RDS,  Saturday  May  25,  9:45  MDT  

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French  Top  XIV        

 

top  six  playoff,  first  two   get  an  initial  round  bye  

 French  Top  XIV  

French  Top  XIV:  Initial  Round  Results  –  Clermont,  Toulon  receive  byes  for  1,2  finish  on  the  table   12-­‐9  lead  for  Castres  at  break  was  doubled  by  the  80th  minute  as  Montpellier’s  season  ended  in  19-­‐25  defeat;  scrumhalf   Rory  Kockott  produced  17  points  from  the  boot  to  aid  his  side’s  victory;   Toulouse  opened  up  a  tight,  14-­‐11,  halftime  scoreline  in  the  second  period,  outscoring  Racing  Metro  19-­‐8  in  the  last  half   to  organize  a  re-­‐match  of  the  2012  title  game  v  Toulon;   Upcoming  Semifinal  Rounds:   Toulon  v  Toulouse  Friday,  May  24  at  Stade  de  la  Beaujoire,  Nantes@1pm,  MDT   Clermont  Auvergne  v  Castres  Saturday,  May  25  at  Stade  de  la  Beaujoire,  Nantes@8:30am,  MDT      

                                                                                 

                               

 

 

Aviva  Premiership

 

   

                         

   

top  four  to  semifinals  

 

Aviva  Premiership:  Semifinal  Round  Results  

Northampton  Saints  upset  first  seed,  Saracens,  at  Allianz  Park  on  Saturday.  Saints  ran  to  a  17-­‐nil  advantage  by  halftime   with  tighthead  Brian  Mujati  and  wing  Jamie  Elliott  dotting  trys  converted  by  Stephen  Myler,  who  also  added  a  penalty,  in   a  six-­‐minute  span  that  spelled  doom  for  Sarries  and  made  for  a  result  of  27-­‐13  to  the  traveling  Saints;   15-­‐points  of  second  stanza  production  in  a  six  minute  span  by  Leicester  Tigers  enabled  the  Big  Cats  to  make  a  13-­‐9   margin,  28-­‐9,  and  ended  Harlequins  season  on  Sunday;  a  penalty  struck  true  at  58’  by  #10  Toby  Flood  started  the  sacred   run,  then  Tigers  wing,  Niall  Morris,  dotted  at  61’  for  Flood’s  conversion  and  blindside  break,  Tom  Croft,  completed  the   scoring  streak  in  the  63rd  minute  with  his  grounding.   Aviva  Premiership  Championship:  Leicester  Tigers  v  Northampton  Saints,  Saturday  May  25,  Twickenham,  8am  MDT        

 

 

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Distances   between  land   masses  not  to   scale        

 

 

   

Australia  S  R  C  

New  Zealand  S  R  C  

South  Africa  S  R  C  

  G   W   L   T   Pts     Brumbies     11   7   2   2   45   Reds    

12   8  

2   2   44  

Waratahs   11   6  

5    

34  

Rebels  

11   2  

9    

24  

Force  

12   2  

9   1   19  

  Super  Rugby  

  Chiefs   Blues     Crusaders   Hurricanes  

W   L   T   G  Pts     11   8     3      44   Bulls   10     6   4     41   10   Cheetahs   11   10   Stormers   6   4     10   38   G  

Sharks   11   11   6   5     33  

Highlanders     10   1   Kings  

9    

16  

W  

L   T  

Pts  

 

 

 

 

7  

3  

 

41  

7  

4  

 

36  

4  

6  

 

30  

5  

6  

 

29  

7   1  

20  

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17  the  number  of  points  from  a  faultless  Aaron   Cruden,  along  with  a  try  from  flyer,  Lelia  Masaga,     meant  a  one  point  win  for  Chiefs  at  Western   Force,  22-­‐11;  a  brace  by  wing,  Pat  Dellits,  and  11  more  from  fullback  Jayden  Hayward’s  toe  provided  the  Force   tally;   15  the  margin  between  Reds  and  Sharks  at  Lang  Park,  Brisbane;  Reds  powered  to  a  29-­‐3  lead  in  the  first  forty   and  though  Sharks  looked  an  inspiredly  different  side  in  the  second  half,  outscoring  their  hosts  14-­‐3,  that  was   insufficient  to  the  task  of  overtake;  Reds  got  the  bonus  point  try  at  minute  33;  Queensland  have  not  seen  the   wrong  side  of  the  tally-­‐sheet  in  its  last  seven  matches  and  are  looking  the  form  side  in  competition,  though  the   last  seven  fixtures  have  seen  a  pair  of  draws  as  well  as  two,  one-­‐point  victories;  the  good  sides  get  the  result  and   Reds  are  looking  form  just  now  and  included  a  coast-­‐to-­‐coast  try  finished  by  flyer  Rod  Davies;  Sharks  are  now  on   five  losses  running,  including  three  this  road  trip  which  finishes  at  Force  next  week;  and  then  the  Fish  have  three   from  their  last  four  at  Kings  Park  and  a  trip  up  to  Loftus  Versfeld  remaining;  time  for  the  Durbanites  to  start   thinking,  “win-­‐out”;     24  in  the  total  count  for  fiery  Hurricanes  flyhalf,  Beauden  Barrett,  as  those  road  warriors  held  off  a  determined   Cheetahs  comeback  in  topping  the  Quick  Cats  at  Free  State  Stadium;  12-­‐all  at  the  half,  Barrett  and  his  opposite   number,  Burton  Francis,  shared  eight  sticksplitters  in  the  first  forty  for  the  midpoint  draw,  but  the  contest   opened  up  in  the  second  stanza  with  seven  trys  touched  down  and  the  travelers  dotting  the  majority,  but  only   just  for  the  39-­‐34  result;  Cheetahs  replacement  flyhalf,  Elgar  Watts,  delivered  a  sticksplitter  at  the  death  to   claim  the  losing-­‐margin  bonus-­‐point  for  the  homeside  that  should  have  liked  the  win  here  on  the  High  Veld;   5  lead  changes  and  five  penalty  slots  for  Stormers  fullback,  Joe  Pietersen,  but  that  was  all  the  numbers  for  the   travelers  as  they  fell  to  Waratahs,  15-­‐21,  at  Sydney  Football  Stadium;  Stormers  were  punchless,  with  less  than     grizzlieswormsgrizzieswormsgrizzlieswormsgrizzieswormsgrizzlieswormsgrizziesworms    

 


100  meters  in  total  covered  forward  in  the  match;  Stormers  have  beaten  top  teams  this  season  yet  considering   their  current  place  on  the  table  and  points  accumulation,  they  most  likely  need  to  win  out  to  earn  a  spot  in  the   post-­‐season;  probably  ditto  regards  ‘Tahs     6  –  5  Blues  out-­‐tryed  Rebels  en  route  to  the  36-­‐34,  bonus-­‐point  victory  at  Eden  Park;  each  side  left  a  dozen  on   the  paddock  as  conditions  disfavored  splitting  of  the  sticks  this  day;  Blues  had  the  bonus-­‐point  try  by  the  26th   minute  and  ran  out  to  a  29-­‐10  halftime  cushion,  but  a  spirited  Rebels  return  made  for  a  full-­‐80  wonder  and  two   points  for  Melbourne;  Flyer  Frank  Halai  grounded  a  tryple,  inside  center  Francis  Saili  had  a  brace  and  Rene   Ranger  a  single  from  his  second  5/8ths  slot  for  Auckland,  while  Rebels  got  a  brace  from  wing,  Mitch  Inman  and   singles  from  8-­‐man  Scott  Higginbotham,  inside  center  Lachlan  Mitchell  and  fullback  Jason  Woodward;   7  points  left  on  the  deck  by  the  Highlanders  kickers  and  seven  the  deficit  to  the  Kings,  27-­‐34,  at  Mytjalies-­‐ Mandela  Bay  Stadium  as  those  Kiwis  season  woes  continue;  the  coulda-­‐shoulda-­‐woulda  been  team  is  now  one-­‐ from-­‐ten  and  looking  toward  the  door  just  now;  Much  better  result  for  Southern  Kings  this  weekend  and  a   much-­‐deserved  five-­‐pointer;   Upcomers     Hurricanes  v  Chiefs,  Westpac  Stadium,  Wellington;   Rebels  v  Stormers,  AAMI  Park,  Melbourne;   Force  v  Sharks,  NIB  Stadium,  Perth;   Crusaders  v  Blues,  AMI  Stadium  (Addington),Christchurch;   Waratahs  v  Brumbies,  ANZ  Stadium,  Sydney;   Bulls  v  Highlanders,  Loftus  Versfeld,  Pretoria;   Cheetahs  v  Reds,  Free  State  Stadium,  Bloemfontein  

   

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