Despite rally Jr. Gents can’t get past Ridgeview
Glenwood Springs Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Down 20-8 at half, the Jr. Gents rugby team wasn’t ready to throw in the towel in their match against Ridgeview on Saturday at Carbondale Middle School.
Instead, the Jr. Gents rallied back to tie the game at 20 with seven minutes left to play. But it was Ridgeview who had the last laugh, scoring a try in the closing minutes to walk away with a 27-20 victory.
Despite the loss, Jr. Gents head coach Rob Hurley was very proud of the effort his team gave.
“I was pretty impressed. These guys are a little bit of an imposing force being a (correctional behavior school in from Ridgeview Academy),” Hurley said. “It can be pretty intimidating, but these guys didn’t take any of it.”
Ten minutes into the first half, the Jr. Gents found themselves down 10-3.
Then flyhalf Willy Klein caught Ridgeview sleeping and jolted into the try zone off a penalty to cut Ridgeview’s lead 10-8, but the Jr. Gents couldn’t keep the momentum on their side. On the feet of Ridgeview’s speedy backline, and aided by Jr. Gents’ mistackles, Ridgeview scored two more tries to close out the half with a 20-8 lead.
The Jr. Gents got right down to business in the second half as Klein snuck into the try zone for another score off a penalty.
“I like doing that. You just have to keep them on their toes,” Klein said.
Orion Montaine split the uprights on the conversion kick after Klein’s try to cut Ridgeview’s lead to 20-15.
After the game went back-and-forth for the next 15 minutes, the Jr. Gents capitalized on a high Ridgeview pass, which was picked off by Sean Chenoweth. The freshman wing dashed into the try zone to tie the match at 20-20 with seven minutes left to play.
“We had a lot of young guys step in and do awesome,” Hurley said.
Following the try Montaine’s conversion kick, from the very corner of the field, was right on target but came up just a hair shy.
As the final minutes ticked off the clock, it looked as if the 20-20 score would stick. Then, as had happened earlier in the match, Ridgeview moved quickly off a penalty and caught the Jr. Gents off guard, scoring the winning try.
The Jr. Gents moved to 3-3 on the season and are in second place in the Colorado Youth Rugby West Division. Ridgeview improved to 6-1 and is at the top of the CYR East Division.
“They are one of the better teams in the other league, and we played with them,” Klein said. “So we are ready for the playoffs. We know we can play in the playoffs after this game.”
The Jr. Gents will play their last regular season match next week when they will host the Northside Vikings in Carbondale at 1 p.m.
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