Rugby team earns 3rd consecutive Ski Town Classic title

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— For the third consecutive year, the Steamboat Springs Rugby Club won the Ski Town Classic rugby tournament in Park City, Utah.

This year's win might have been the most impressive.

Steamboat cruised through its first two games, beating Breckenridge and the Bozeman, Mont., Select team by a combined score of 67-7.

In the finals, Steamboat played the Park City Division I team.

Outsized and sometimes outmatched, Steamboat nonetheless cruised to a 33-12 win.

"It was probably the greatest 60 minutes Steamboat rugby has ever produced," Steamboat coach and captain Michael Hurley said. "We didn't run over them; it was just, we were very clinical with our game."

Park City fielded one current and two former U.S. Eagles national team players. Still, the Steamboat team took advantage from the start.

The green and orange took leads of 7-0, 10-0, 15-0 and 18-0 at the half. From there, the more experienced Park City team lost its cool.

"It was a great win against an obviously frustrated and violent Division I team," Steamboat player Tom Alexander said.

Steamboat dominated the second half, and with 20 minutes left, the game was all but over. At that point, Park City began to lose its cool, even seeing one of its players get ejected.

"We came out and had one of the best weekends of rugby we've ever had," Steamboat player Charlie Pappas said. "The game was phenomenal, and everyone kept their cool. We played our game and took it to them."

The tournament win wraps up another banner year for Steamboat. In addition to regaining its Mountain League Championship, the team won both the Cow Pie and Ski Town Classic rugby tournaments for the third straight year.

"It says a lot for our team," Alexander said. "A D-I team is very rarely local. This team is built on local Steamboat guys. It's a huge step for our guys to win that."

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