Defiance meets Steamboat
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. The Glenwood Defiance rugby club will have its hands full on Saturday as the undefeated ruggers from Steamboat come rolling into town.Steamboat is carrying a 9-0 overall record into Saturday’s 1 p.m. match at Glenwood Park, including matches won to take the championship in its annual home tournament – the Cow Pie Classic. Steamboat is 3-0 in the Mountain Rugby League, while Glenwood is 1-2 in the MRL.The Glenwood Defiance rugby club will be hoping to recreate some of the magic it conjured up in its last home game on June 23, which resulted in a 37-20 win over Aspen.The Gents got their payback on Saturday when the two teams rematched in Aspen. The Gents reversed the outcome and downed Defiance 39-25.Steamboat also notched a 27-0 win over Aspen earlier in the year. Steamboat’s win over Aspen was the first in 27 years, while Glenwood’s was the first in its 14-year history.History-making wins over Aspen aren’t the only thing the Steamboat and Glenwood teams have in common, it’s actually only the tip of the iceberg.Both teams have struggled in the past, playing with small rosters low on experience and far down in the MRL standings, far below powerhouses like the Gents and Vail. In fact, the two teams lost by 100-point margins to the two on several occasions. Steamboat didn’t even win a single game from 1996 to 2003.But it’s different this season.Both squads have started winning. Each now has a roster boasting players from rugby-infested cultures across the world, as Vail and Aspen have always had.As both teams take the pitch on Saturday, it will be the first time it will be played for more than bragging rights because this time, both are vying for top spots in the MRL.
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