A young Defiance team is in a learning mode
Knowledge, sometimes, is painful to attain – no matter how valuable it becomes over the long term.It’s an approach the Glenwood Defiance rugby team has adopted for the 2005 season. There’s going to be some lumps to absorb, like Saturday’s 135-13 lopsided loss to Vail.”We’re just rebuilding this year,” said Keith “Hippy” Jones, one of the team’s veteran starters.
A plan which gives Defiance’s younger players the opportunity to play, with the goal of a rosier near-future.”We have a couple of high school kids, some rookies and some new people, and right now they’re going through a learning curve on how to play this game,” Jones said.”The new people are playing in new positions they haven’t played at. That’s why it’s looking a little loose,” he continued.Especially on defense.
Vail scored tries on their first four possessions in the contest. Add in an equal number of successful kicks after and the visitors held a 28-0 lead at the five-minute mark.As the half progressed, the rookies and youngsters displayed slivers of promise in spots, a fact Jones noted.”We’re playing well in moments,” Jones said. “But, for the most part, our inexperience showed, and Vail’s a seasoned team.”
A seasoned team that dished out plenty of rugby education to Defiance’s defenders. Defiance avoided a first-half blanking when they booted a couple of place kicks over the crossbar later in the period.After slowing down a tad prior to intermission, Vail ratcheted their attack up a notch in the second half. Their first try came a minute into the period, and the scores just kept coming afterwards.Chris Romme recorded Defiance’s only touch of the game midway into the second half. The team is scheduled to play in Breckenridge next Saturday.
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