Rugby: Glenwood Defiance makes strides in loss to Gentlemen of Aspen |

Rugby: Glenwood Defiance makes strides in loss to Gentlemen of Aspen

ASPEN — Three different players scored tries for the Glenwood Defiance Rugby Club on Saturday, but the Gentlemen of Aspen were too much in their 109-17 Mountain League victory.

Glenwood (0-2), was able to make some major strides since its season-opening loss on June 14, keeping the game close for the first 20 minutes. A try from Jamie Rico pulled Glenwood within 17-5, but Aspen pulled away from there.

Aside from Rico, nicknamed “Tiny,” Sean “Killer” McDermott and Kyle Larson also scored tries to help round out the scoring for Defiance. Josh Wolfe scored the Glenwood Club’s lone conversion.

“Our guys never gave up,” Defiance player/coach Eric Olson said. “Everyone out there played with a lot of heart today.”

Glenwood, which was without a full team and was unable to score in its season opener, was able to pick up five more players in the two-week break in between scheduled contests. That extra practice time also gave the team members a chance to learn how to play with each other, which led to three times as many scores along with other scoring opportunities.

“For not having played before, those [five] guys did great,” Olson said. “They did their best. Now we just have to build on that.”

Defiance will have another two-week break before it plays in the Cow Pie classic tournament, which take place in Steamboat Springs on the weekend of July 12. Genwood’s next home game will be July 19, when Defiance will host Breckenridge at Glenwood Park.

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