Vail ruggers merciless in 55-10 win over Glenwood |

Vail ruggers merciless in 55-10 win over Glenwood

G. Sean Kelly
Special to the Daily/Kelley Cox Vail's Tom Taylor-Davies gets taken down by Glenwood Springs' James Lewis, bottom, during the Vail Rugby Club's 55-10 victory on Saturday in Glenwood.

When Ted Browner stepped on the pitch at Glenwood Park Saturday afternoon, he wore a jersey other than the green and white of the Glenwood Springs Defiance Rugby Club for the first time in five years.And Browner’s new team, the Vail Rugby Club, didn’t show much mercy in the match, rolling to a 55-10 victory.

Not that Browner took a ton of credit for roughing up his former squad.”I think I was the one who got roughed up,” Browner said with a smile. “I don’t think I did much of the roughing up.”Nonetheless, Browner and Vail seemed to have the field tilted dramatically in their favor against an undermanned Defiance squad.

Vail’s Pom Taylor-Davies got Vail rolling early with a 10-meter try run and kicked the conversion for a 7-0 edge. Dominic Walsh effectively put the match out of reach at 21-0 with back-to-back try runs and a pair of Taylor-Davies conversions. By the end of the first half Vail notched two more tries for a 33-0 cushion, and Glenwood had yet to threaten in Vail’s defensive side of the pitch.

“I was thinking, come on, we’ve got to score something,” Defiance prop Tim Swanson said. “We can’t get skunked at home.”After the first of two second-half tries by Vail’s Gregg Ridl, Glenwood did get on the board with a try by Bryan Mirick to cut the margin to 38-5. It was far too little and too late, but it ended the shutout threat. Defiance hit double digits late in the game when Kyle Waddick made a nice run before pitching off to Mitch Heuer for the try. Glenwood doesn’t have another home game on its slate this season, but a game against Aspen was canceled earlier this summer and may be rescheduled later this month.

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