Aspen beats Vail |

Aspen beats Vail

Tim Mutrie
Special to the DailyCameron Adams, with the Gents of Aspen, moves the ball upfield as several players from Vail move in to make the stop during rugby action Saturday afternoon at Wagner Park in Aspen.

ASPEN – It was scrappy and stunted, riddled with referee whistles and, at times, just plain ugly – not what Aspen rugby fans have grown accustomed to from the Gentlemen of Aspen. And especially in the Gents’ summer league season-opener against rival, Vail, at home on Fourth of July weekend. But the Gents delivered a convincing victory nonetheless, 31-5, Saturday afternoon at Wagner Park. And it wasn’t entirely devoid of rugged drama and cringe-worthy collisions, either. Gents veteran Cameron Adams, the eight man, gave several hundred fans on hand something to cheer about with punishing runs through, over and around would-be Vail tacklers throughout the match.

Adams also scored one of the Gents’ five tries on the day. Vail, now 3-1 this summer, scored its only points on a try by wing Greg Ridl with about eight minutes remaining in the second half.Aspen’s Spencer Scott, Ian Boston, Brian Hightower and Kent Curry scored one try each. Curry, who is also the kicker, added six more points going 3-for-5 on conversions.”The first game is always scrappy,” said Adams, the vice captain. “Good first step, though. There’s still plenty of work to be done with fitness.”

Vail’s Greg Tarpey credited Aspen for capitalizing on Vail mistakes.”Our set pieces let us down. We lost lineouts on critical plays and Aspen is a team that makes you pay for your mistakes,” Tarpey said. “But they put a good team out there for Fourth of July weekend – and they always do. It was good to see guys like Willie (Mark Williams) and Hightower out there mixing it up.”Vail and Aspen will likely meet again later this month at the annual Ski Town Tournament in Vail.

Tim Mutrie’s e-mail address is mutrie@aspentimes.comVail, Colorado

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