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Fast start, easy win for Summit rugby

BRYCE EVANS
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Summit County, Colorado

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FARMER’S FARMER – After missing the season-opening match, Tiger captains Alex Cooper and Heidi Gruber didn’t waste much time making their presence felt in Wednesday’s showdown with Regis Jesuit.

Both captains scored tries within the first four minutes of the game, and Cooper finished the night with four scores, as Summit cruised to an easy 50-0 win at The Mine.

“It’s nice to be back, but it wasn’t my tries (that made the difference),” Cooper said afterward. “On all of them, there were passes and good plays, and I was just the one who finished them.

“That’s what’s exciting is coming back to a team that’s so much a team, it’s not like individuals.”

And the Tigers – as a team – continued its defensive dominance in the game. Regis never came within 34 yards of the Summit endline and really, the visitors from Denver seemed to have little control of the ball all night.

Although the Tigers extended its shutout streak to an astonishing 11 games dating back to last year, head coach Karl Barth felt his team was far from perfect.

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“Lackluster was the word I used in describing it to them,” the coach said. “We had some great moments but at other times were a bit disjointed, very lethargic.”

Most of those “great moments” came early on, as the Tigers jumped out to a 24-0 lead barely 15 minutes into the game.

Then, Summit stalled a bit. Mishandled passes, sloppy scrums and some questionable decision making left the Tigers scoreless for the final 14:27 of the opening half.

“We got sloppy at times, but we talked about it as a team and pulled it back together and finished strong, I think,” Cooper said.

The Tigers regrouped at halftime and came out firing in the second half.

Cooper scored two quick tries, and Vollya Segreena scored two late in the game as well.

Barth said afterward that Gruber, Kelly Joyce and Taylor Greene all played “great games from beginning to end.” Greene scored Summit’s other try in the first half.

Summit is now 2-0 and has had little trouble getting to that mark.

But with Wednesday’s performance, the Tigers see a chance to get better.

“There’s that idea to always be challenged and working to get better,” Barth said, “and tonight’s game certainly showed us we can improve.”