Vail ruggers blitz Glenwood Defiance |

Vail ruggers blitz Glenwood Defiance

Jeff Caspersen
Vail, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – If you fail to finish off tackles, you’re not going to have much success in the sport of rugby.

Glenwood Defiance Rugby Football Club was reminded of that fact the hard way on Saturday, enduring an adventurous go of it in the tackling department.

And Vail took full advantage.

With three tries from speedy Dusten Omeda leading the way, the Blue and White hung a 51-18 defeat on Defiance at Glenwood Park.

“Basically, they came out and executed a lot better than us,” Glenwood coach Bob Herrell said. “We missed a lot of tackles. Last week, our tackling was great. This week, we were missing them left and right.”

Vail’s mix of bruisers and fleet-footed players kept Defiance off guard early in building a 22-6 lead by the half.

Omeda juked off several pursuers and sped in for an early try to get the second half started, and Vail kept padding its lead from there.

Glenwood did rally for a pair of late tries.

Chris Woods set up the first score, intercepting a ball and then, as he was being tackled at roughly the 10-meter line, dumping off a pass to A.J. Miller, who had a clear path in.

Miller scored again moments later on what Herrell believed was a quick tap penalty.

“I thought the fact that we didn’t give up was encouraging,” Herrell said. “We played our best rugby in the last 20 minutes. Aside from that, I’m not happy with the tackling.”

Glenwood’s first-half points came courtesy of penalty kicks by Max Statler – one from 22 meters away and the other from 40 out.

On the flip side, Vail player-coach Shawn Van Rensburg had plenty to be happy with – namely, a boatload of points and the club’s second win in two games. Last week, Van Rensburg’s squad picked up a home win over Steamboat.

“I’m proud of the boys,” he said. “We have like four players who’ve never played the game. This is the second game for some of them. We’re working with very raw talent, but I’m very proud of them.”

Vail had plenty of firepower to compensate for that lack of experience.

Joining Omeda in the scoring blitz were James Malone with two tries and Van Rensburg, Patrick Doyle and Tyler Leary with one apiece. Leary’s try was his first ever.

Vail, 2-0 in the Mountain League, is at Breckenridge next week.

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