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Fort Collins 29 ThunderRidge 0

Fort Collins took on a ThunderRidge squad that had several injuries and after loaning two players to ThunderRidge cruised to a 29-0 victory.

Fort Collins once again took off from the start and in the early minutes after a kick by ThunderRidge the ball was brought back by Fort Collins and pushed wide where Maddie Robinson score the try for a 5-0 lead. This was followed a few minutes later when Fort Collins had a five metre scrum and Sydney Boling took it week for a try and with the conversion by Sadie Anderson the lead went to 12-0. Just before half the ball was pushed wide by the backs and once again Maddie was able to take it in and score the try to put the lead at half 17-0.

Second half saw Fort Collins keep up the pressure and Sadie was able to do a clearing kick over the defense of ThunderRidge, chase it down and score both the try and conversion to push the lead to 24-0. Maddie closed out the scoring with another try for the hat trick getting around the end again to end the match 29-0.

Fort Collins 42 Regis 0

Fort Collins had several starters missing due to SAT’s but this gave a chance for other players to step up and that is exactly what they did beating Regis 42 to 0. Fort Collins started the match going right after Regis with both the forwards and backs attacking and early on Abi Bundy sliced through the defense for the opening try and a Fort Collins 5-0 lead. Not long after Maddie Robinson got outside and didn’t stop running for a try from 60 yards out and a 10-0 lead. After Regis tried kicking back on Fort Collins, the kick was caught by Hannah Wilson and returned all the way back to extend the lead 15-0. Finally to close out the first half with some great pressure and rucking by the forwards Cassie Chiodo scored and at halftime Fort Collins was up 22-0 with the conversion by Abi.

Second half saw Fort Collins pick up where they left off with Sierra Winters scoring after a good maul by the forwards to push the lead to 27-0. The backs got back into the scoring when the ball was taken to the weak side and Alexi (Bug) Schneider scored to make it 32-0. Once again on another weak side play Hannah was able to get by the defense and move the score to 37-0. Finally to close out the match, Sierra was able to just make it into the corner and close out the scoring at 42-0.

Fort Collins 17 Summit 5

Fort Collins Youth Rugby Girls remained undefeated by beating Summit High School Girls 17 to 5. This was a battle of the only two teams in Colorado Youth Rugby that were still unbeaten. A large crowd was on hand at Greenbriar for both sides to witness this tightly fought hard hitting contest under clear blue skies.

The first half started with Fort Collins attacking hard against Summit but about every time Fort Collins would make progress into Summit territory, Summit would steal the ball from a ruck and stop them. In the 15 minute mark of the match Sadie Anderson put a high kick up for the fullback and with Fort Collins attacking the kick and putting the pressure on the fullback they were able to get a turnover and score with Sadie running it in for the try and also kicking the conversion to put Fort Collins up 7-0. The rest of the first half played a lot like the beginning with Fort Collins making progress only to be turned away by Summit and at halftime the score remained 7-0.

Second half saw Summit come out attacking and moving into Fort Collins territory when a pass out wide and break by Summit resulted in a try and the score narrowed 7-5. Fort Collins didn’t let up and came back attacking more in the air and with a kick by Sadie in the open area was covered by Sadie and the resulting run scored the second try of the day and moved Fort Collins ahead 12-5. Fort Collins continued to pressure Summit with kicks that kept them defending the try zone and with about 6 minutes to play the ball was passed out wide to inside center Maddie Robinson for the try and with the conversion by Sadie the final score was 17-5.

It was good to see that Summit had enough players to field a B-side match, which gave both teams a chance to get more playing time for all there players. In this match Fort Collins struck first with Kaci Woodcock scoring to give Fort Collins the lead 5-0. Summit struck back with a penalty kick late in the first half to make the score at halftime

5-3. Second half saw Fort Collins play some great team ball with good passes from the tackles and this resulted in Hannah Wilson scoring a try to seal the victory at 10-3.

Fort Collins 36 Highlands Ranch 15

Fort Collins traveled to Chaparral to play Highlands Ranch on Saturday, which turned out to be a friendly match since Highlands Ranch was short of players and had players from Chaparral and Douglas County fill in to complete a side.

Fort Collins Youth Rugby Girls started off slow in the match but after about ten minutes Sadie Anderson sliced through the defense to score the first try and put FCYR up 7-0. This was followed by Caitlin Chvatal finding and overload and breaking around the end to push the score 12-0. Sadie then came back with a kick over the defense and received a good bounce to move the score to 19-0 with the conversion. Sadie had another try late in the first half to keep pushing the score to 24-0. Finally right at the end of the first half Maddie Robinson looped all the way around the wing to overload the defense and close out halftime with Fort Collins up 29-0.

Being a friendly match Fort Collins made numerous subs to get everyone playing time. Second half saw Highlands Ranch control the ball better and at the ten minute mark score a try to make it 29-5. Fort Collins then stiffened and Morgan Ackley made some great cuts to score and with the conversion by Carina Chvatal the score was 36-5. Highlands Ranch did keep up the pressure and with two late trys the final was 36-15. Match gave everyone some good playing and learning time and overall other than a few mistakes was a strong match.

Fort Collins 22 Chaparral 0

Fort Collins Youth Rugby Girls opened the 2007 season with a 22 to 0 win over Chaparral at Chaparral. The match was played in idea weather conditions but hot on the pitch as they were playing on artificial turf. Match opened with both teams trying to feel each other out to see what the other team had. In the 6th minute of the match after a clearing kick by Fort Collins, Chaparral was called for offsides and Sadie Anderson made the penalty kick to put Fort Collins up 3-0. A few minutes later in the 10th minute the ball was spread wide where Caitlin Chvatal turned the corner and scored the first try of the match to move ahead 8-0 with the conversion failing. In the 19th minute Maddie Robinson picked up a loose ball and split the defense for an 80 metre run and with Sadie’s conversion Fort Collins would go into half up 15-0

Second half saw a better defense by Chaparral with both teams starting to feel the heat and making a few mistakes. At the 22nd minute of the match a clearing kick was chased down by Sadie and the converted try put Fort Collins up 22-0, which would be the final score. Great effort by the forwards that held their own against Chaparral’s pack and also by the backs that kept the defense on Chaparral’s backs making it tough for them to work the ball much.

Fort Collins 10 SWARM 19

Fort Collins played a physical rucking match against SWARM (Columbine/Chatfield) but made a few mistakes that were capitalized on by SWARM to go down in defeat 19 to 10. SWARM came into the match undefeated in league play but Fort Collins took it to them in the opening minutes driving the ball down the pitch with good rucking. In the 10 minute mark of the match and Fort Collins driving, a pass was picked off by SWARM and returned for a try to put SWARM up 7-0. Fort Collins drove back down the pitch and in the 20 minute mark of the match and a penalty for offsides by SWARM, Ethan Middleton converted the penalty to make the match 7-3. Match moved up and down the pitch in the remaining minutes of the first half and on the last play of halftime, SWARM found an overload and got the ball out wide to score and make it 14-3 at halftime.

Second half saw the same hard rucking by Fort Collins but once again an overload by SWARM in the 10 minute mark put them up 19-3. Fort Collins didn’t let up and once again drove the ball down the pitch and after several penalties by SWARM for offsides, Fort Collins was able to get the ball out to Bobby Hyatt and he drove several SWARM defenders into the try zone for the score and with the conversion by Ethan it was 19-10. Fort Collins finished the match with several more attempts to score but was turned back by SWARM and the final ended up 19-10.

Kudos’s goes out to the pack with their fine rucking of SWARM and the man of the match goes to Justin Schaffer for his outstanding hard hitting tackles and runs while having a broken finger.

Fort Collins 27 Holy Family 52

Fort Collins Youth Rugby boys fell to 3-2 in league play after losing to Holy Family 52-27 on Saturday. FCYR struggled in the first half, which gave Holy Family a 35-10 first half lead before mounting an attack in the second half that saw the final 52-27.

First half saw Holy Family jump out to a 14-0 lead capitalizing on mistakes made by Fort Collins, FCYR got on the board in the 17 minute with a penalty kick be Ethan Middleton. In the 25 minute of the match Ethan took a quick tap near the try zone and was able to dive in to make the score 21-10 but then in the last five minutes of the half two quick scores by Holy Family saw them stretch their lead to 35-10 at half.

Second half saw Fort Collins show some intensity and play a better match with Flynn Walsh scoring in the 14 minute to make the match 42-15, then after two trys by Holy Family Alex Yasumura scored to make it 52-20 and finally with just a few minutes to go in the match Ethan took another quick tap and scored the try and conversion where the match would end with the final being 52-27.

Man of the match went to the entire team for their never quit attitude in the last 15 minutes of the match.

Fort Collins 37 Adams County 5

Fort Collins Youth Rugby Boys defeated Adams County (Legacy) on Saturday to improve there league record to 3-1 and moved into a tie in the North Division. FCYR struck early and often in the first half and cruised to a 25-0 halftime lead

Mike Dickinson scored right off the back three minutes into the match and then followed that up with a score in the twelve minute of the match and with Ethan Middleton making the second conversion FCYR was out to a 12-0 lead. This was followed by Ethan making a penalty kick and then with six minutes to go until half Ethan took a kick return, split the defense and pushed the score to 20-0. To end the half Adam Gutierrez took a penalty tap and dove through the defense to end the half with the score at 25-0.

Second half saw Fort Collins continue to pressure and with eight minutes to go Justin Whitehead scored the try and conversion and then with five minutes to go Flynn Walsh would take a penalty to up it to 37-0. In the closing minutes Adams county did finally get on the board to end the match 37-5.

Great effort by the entire team in a dominating win, man of the match honor went to Mike Dickinson. Fort Collins will take on Holy Family in a league match on Saturday, April 21 at Championship field in Broomfield with both teams being 3-1 and tied for the lead in the North Division.

Fort Collins 14 Boulder 19

Fort Collins Youth Rugby Boys (FCYR) lost there first league match against Boulder in what was considered a poorly officiated match 19-15. The match pitted Boulder using its forwards to move down the pitch against Fort Collins using their backs to counter. Fort Collins attacked right from the kickoff and kept Boulder at bay, in the 10-minute mark of the match Boulder tried a clearing kick that was caught by Ethan Middleton and with a great kick return that broke several tackles, Fort Collins was on the board 7-0 with the converted conversion by Ethan. Boulder struck back with their forwards in the

18-minute breaking several tackles by their prop to tie the match 7-7. After moving back and forth down the pitch, Adam Gutierrez stole a lineout at the 5-metre line of Boulder and drove in for the try and a 14-7 lead with the conversion by Ethan where it would end at half.

Second half saw a change in the match with many questionable calls by the referee that would lead to Boulder scoring 14 minutes into the match and knotting the score at 14-14. Fort Collins didn’t let up and after driving deep into Boulder territory and threatening to score, once again questionable penalties would again haunt Fort Collins and Boulder was able to use these to move down the pitch and score with 4-minutes to go to take the lead 19-15, which would be the final. Man of the match was Ethan Middleton with his great runs against Boulder and his kicking for touch.

In the B-side match Fort Collins came out and took it to Boulder with David Ramirez running through the Boulder defense for a try and on the final play of the match Mark Rosenhagen made the corner for a final of 10-0. Man of the match was Alex Yasumura for his great rucking and poaching of the ball.

Fort Collins 27 North Side 5

A large crowd was on hand for the first home match of the season when Fort Collins Youth Rugby Boys (FCYR) took on the North Side Vikings (NS) in a league match. The match saw some hard running and hitting on both sides but a good tactical rucking and kicking game played out into Fort Collins hands for the victory and now puts them at 2-0 in league play.

Fort Collins kicked off to open the match and immediately kept up an attach in North Sides end of the pitch and after several minutes of heavy pressure on NS it forced a penalty and a penalty kick at goal for FCYR. Kick went wide but NS attempted to attack from their own five and with pressure put on by FCYR causing a turnover, Martin Bautista was able to break into the try zone to give FCYR a 5-0 lead. North Side came back in the next few minutes with the outside center breaking several tackles and getting to the outside to score for NS and tie the match at 5-5. Play went back and forth until with around six minutes to go and FCYR pressing the attack, 8-man Mitch Yake picked and took the ball weak breaking several tackles and dragging a few others to score the try and put FCYR back out in the lead 10-5. The first half was about to end when once again FCYR was awarded a penalty and Ethan Middleton converted the penalty kick to put FCYR up at half 13-5.

Second half saw Fort Collins use both a rucking attack by the forwards along with tactical kicking by the backs to keep North Side on their heels and deep in their own territory. At the seven minute mark and FCYR attacking David Ramirez crashed through the NS defense and with Ethan’s conversion FCYR was up 20-5. Fort Collins kept up the attack keeping North Side in their own territory and forcing NS to commit many penalties and with about ten minutes to go in the match Justin Schaffer sliced through NS for the score and Ethan made the conversion to close out the scoring at 27-5.

Kudo’s goes out to the team for playing Fort Collins rugby and sticking with the game plan and also to Justin Schaffer who is the captain of the team and was the man of the match. Also kudo’s to the B-side that played in the third half and held their own against the starters from North Side, saw some great play by all of them and will be looking at some of them moving up to A-side in the near future if they keep this up.