Blue and White gets by Glenwood Springs
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” This was not the push-over match the Vail Rugby Football Club expected.
Instead the Blue and White had some concerns pop up in their 29-3 Saturday win over the winless Glenwood Defiance that raised a few eyebrows on the sidelines.
Except for a few spurts of brilliance early in the first half, Vail could have been ripe for an upset.
Surviving some early comedic moments from both squads, Vail took change when Kenyan Aggrey Moiyo scored a try, followed by James Worrell’s kick in the third minute.
Vail coach Steven MacKinnon said part of his team’s early sloppy play was a result of a strong effort in last week’s Ski Town title won against Aspen.
“After the success we had with Aspen, our guys were super confident and we did not come out on fire,” he said.
Which in Vail’s case, saw its first back-pass on the opening scrum hit the referee in the back, without a Vail player in the area.
It also took time, MacKinnon noted, for Vail to adjust its game to Glenwood Park’s narrower surface.
“We like to play an expansion-type game. And it’s hard for us to do that on this field,” the coach said.
Vail adjusted to the field well enough to add a pair of tries late in the first half. In between Worrell stretched the lead with two other successful 3-point kicks.
Defensively, Vail shooed Defiance’s offense inches away from the touch line three separate times.
“It’s just little technical stuff that’s keeping us from scoring,” Glenwood’s Eric Olsen said. “We have a lot of rookies who are just getting to know the game. As they advance, we’ll be able to push through for those last five meters.”
Ahead 29-0 at halftime, Vail offensive woes emerged in the second half when Glenwood held Vail scoreless.
“You have to give Defiance credit. Up front they were very physical,” MacKinnon said of their offensive difficulty in the second half.
Vail has Old Boys weekend next with its A-side taking on Boulder at the Vail Athletic Field at 3 p.m. Saturday.
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