Steamboat rugby rolls in Jackson Hole tournament

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— The Steamboat Rugby Club was rarely challenged Saturday, running away with its fourth consecutive Ski Town Rugby Tournament in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Steamboat easily got past Jackson Hole and Breckenridge before meeting Vail in the final.

“We played some of our best rugby of the year,” Steamboat captain Michael Hurley said. “Most of the guys were upset with Vail winning the Cow Pie.”

Steamboat crushed Vail, 32-3, in the final, with standout performances from locals Robbie Shine and Jay Lawton.

Steamboat had a relatively large team that made for a deep bench through the three games. Hurley said the team’s depth was the biggest factor in enabling it to win the tournament.

“We played some good, fast and open rugby,” Hurley said. “With our bench we were able to keep that game plan intact.”

Steamboat resumes play at 3 p.m. Saturday at Whistler Field against Vail. The game will decide the Mountain League rugby crown.

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