Defiance notches first victory of summer season |

Defiance notches first victory of summer season

BRECKENRIDGE – The Defiance didn’t fade in the second half this time.

Brad Leyhe scored a pair of tries and the Defiance big men dominated the scrums and lineouts as the Glenwood Springs rugby team defeated Breckenridge 35-11 for its first win of the summer season here Saturday.

The victory brings the Defiance even at 1-1 on the season, after struggling in the second half and losing to Vail in its opener.

“Ian Skilton got the `Man of the Match’ and the whole pack pretty much picked it up,” said flanker Keith Jones, who watched the game from the sidelines due to a shoulder injury. “The spoiled scrums and spoiled lineouts really made a big difference in the game.”

Glenwood opened the scoring in the first five minutes when the pack pushed the ball from the 30 to the Breckenridge 22-meter line before kicking the ball out to the back line. The result was a try for fullback Adam Tormey and the first lead of the summer for the Defiance.

Tormey’s conversion pushed the lead to 7-0. The fullback didn’t miss a conversion in the contest.

“With Tormey making all his kicks, it really elevated the game,” Jones said.

Leyhe took a pitch from Ken Murphy and scampered in for the first of his two tries 10 minutes later. The score put the Defiance up 14-0 before Breckenridge tallied its first points off a penalty kick 20 minutes into the contest.

Glenwood extended its lead to 21-3 just minutes before the end of the half. The Defiance stole a Breckenridge scrum at the 30-meter line and Leyhe finished off the push with a 22-meter run for the try.

The second half was much the same.

The Defiance pack spoiled a Breckenridge lineout at the 50-meter line and Les Hogan made the pack’s work pay off with a try from 10-yards out.

Chris Romme completed the Defiance scoring with a try-scoring run from 22 meters out to give Glenwood a 35-3 lead.

Breckenridge scored a penalty kick and try – with a missed conversion – in the latter stages of the second half for the 35-11 final.

Glenwood is off for the Fourth of July weekend. The next Defiance game is Saturday, July 12, against the Defiance Old Boys at Glenwood Park. The game is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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