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Vail RFC, home at last, meets Breckenridge today

You remember them, right?Bunch of nice blokes clad in blue and white who play rugby at the Vail Athletic Field on Saturdays and then fire up the grill and toss back a few.

Well, the Vail Rugby Football Club is back home today – finally – after a five-week absence when the Blue and White hosts Breckenridge at 3 p.m.”It’s been a while since we’ve had a home game. What’s it been? Six weeks,” player/coach Greg Tarpey said. “It’ll be good to be on our home pitch.”Vail (3-2) will be hosting the Blue Goose of Breckenridge in their annual High Country home-and-home fixture. The Blue and White handed the Goose a 52-7 beating at Kingdom Park last month. But, Vail expects a much closer match today.

“I watched them at (the) Ski Town (Tournament) and they came very close to making the finals,” Tarpey said. “They’re a lot different team. They’re very strong in the pack. They have some English imports and a good flyhalf. They have some good young kids. Hopefully, our young kids will be able to counter that.”Compounding matters is that Vail will be without the services of Will Mansour, the leader of the Blue and White’s front row, who is out of town for the weekend.Vail is coming off a 1-1 performance at Ski Town in Jackson Hole, Wyo., losing to eventual champion, Missoula, Mont., and beating Steamboat Springs.

“We didn’t win the tournament, but we won the drinking competition,” Tarps said. “No one stayed out later. We checked every bar to make sure every team went to bed.”Well done, lads.The week before, Vail fell to Aspen, 35-24, on the road. Aspen dominated the first half and Vail had a strong second half with four tries. The Blue and White get another shot at the Gents on Aug. 14 when they come to Vail.