Aspen B team downs Defiance |

Aspen B team downs Defiance

The Glenwood Springs Defiance Rugby team jumped out to an early lead against the Aspen B team Saturday at Glenwood Park, but couldn’t hold on down the stretch, falling 31-18 to the upvalley rivals.

A 40-meter penalty kick by Adam Torme and a try by Mario Herrera staked the Defiance to a 10-0 lead early in the match, but Aspen stormed back with three tries in the final 15 minutes of the first half. The conversion on the final try of the half failed, giving the Gentlemen B squad a 19-10 edge at halftime.

In the second half Defiance again got off to a quick start, but couldn’t push into the lead. Defiance’s James Lewis picked up the ball at the two-meter line and crossed the try line to cut the lead to 19-15.

Five minutes later Torme notched his second score on a penalty kick, this one from 15 meters out, to bring Defiance within one point.

Again, however, Aspen rallied in the final 15 minutes.

Aspen tallied a try and conversion 25 minutes into the contest and, after a pair of strong Defiance defensive stands inside the 10-meter mark, Aspen eventually pushed over the try line as time expired for the 31-18 final.

Defiance will likely get another shot at Aspen next weekend when the team travels to the pitch in Aspen for the Ski Town Tournament to be held Saturday and Sunday.

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