Rugby squad crushes Breck

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The Steamboat Rugby Club had little trouble defeating Breckenridge in its two previous meetings this summer, but Saturday's beating went beyond expectations.

Steamboat won, 97-7, in a game that was decided early in the first half at Whistler Park.

"We smashed Breckenridge," Steamboat captain Michael Hurley said.

It was the largest margin of victory for the Steamboat Rugby Club since its inception in the 1970s. The loss was the worst ever for Breckenridge, Hurley added.

Steamboat finished the game with 15 tries, and Glenn Blackmore was successful on 11-of-15 conversion kicks.

"Glenn had a personal points haul of 32 points," Hurley said.

Jimmy Gardiner scored four tries, and Hurley added three.

"For some reason, every single thing we did worked," Hurley said. "Every pass, every run. If there was such a thing as a perfect rugby game, we came close."

The lopsided win allowed all 30 men on the team a chance to take runs against the visiting team from Summit County. Hurley, who enjoys selecting players of the game, chose veteran Mark Hermacinski, the club's president.

"He played his first 80-minute game of the season," Hurley said. "Mark led the way for the forwards with some barnstorming runs and some huge tackling."

Up next on the schedule is an away game Saturday in Park City, Utah. Steamboat's next home game is 4 p.m. Aug. 20 at Whistler Field against Glenwood Springs.

Steamboat narrowly defeated Glenwood on July 16 in Glenwood.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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