Vail cooks Breckenridge, 28-14, moves to 3-0
BRECKENRIDGE — Will Mansour is 1-0 as the Vail Rugby Football Club’s head coach. In other news, the world might be coming to an end.
The Blue and White went to Kingdom Park Saturday and cooked the Blue Goose of Breckenridge, 28-14, to up their record to 3-0 as they chase their fourth-consecutive Mountain League crown.
“We won all our lineouts and our scrums were nice, but we were a little unorganized after that and that hindered our game,” Mansour said.
Mansour, usually the assistant coach, was filling in for head coach John McGuire, who was out of town this week. It also should be noted that Mansour is veteran of Vail’s front pack, so, of course, that play is always brilliant and it’s the backs that are making a hash of it.
Seriously, Vail was using this game to play a few people in different positions and it showed. That’s fine because the Blue and White still came out with the win.
Paul Berg had two tries, one in each half, for Vail. Bob Barrett also touched down and Warren Klapp iced the game with a late score. Mike Cook was a perfect 4-for-4 on conversions.
And that’s three in a row for Vail. The team started the year with a 46-27 thumping of Aspen. For those not familiar with the Vail R.F.C. — beating Aspen is always a good thing. (Perhaps, it’s the only thing.) The Blue and White followed last weekend by smashing Glenwood Springs, 112-0. (That’s not a typo.)
Vail has the week off, but then heads to the Steamboat Cowpie Tournament on July 13.
While Aspen is the historical archrival, Steamboat Springs has actually been the Blue and White’s biggest obstacle to their recent run of Mountain League titles.
“Obviously, we’re happy to be 3-0,” Mansour said. “The Cowpie is a serious challenge. Part of our preparation each week is to get ready for tournaments. One of the goals we’ve set its to win Cowpie, (the) Ski Town (Tournament) and the Mountain League, a triple crown of sorts.”
Vail returns home July 20 for Grand Junction. That’s a 1 p.m. start at Homestake Peak School (old Battle Mountain High School). Ski Town is Aug. 3 and 4 at Glenwood Springs.