Summit girls rugby roughed up in win |

Summit girls rugby roughed up in win

Shauna Farnell

Face shots take on a whole new meaning when it comes to the Summit Girls Rugby Club. The team is choosing prom over pummeling this weekend, and a couple of girls are hoping bruises fade enough to look presentable after a rough game against ThunderRidge Tuesday.

“It was a good game,” said rugby head coach Karl Barth. “We won, but we should have played a lot better. It was definitely a really physical game, probably the most physical we’ve had this season.”

The Summit U19 team beat ThunderRidge 10-7 Tuesday and is still the No. 1 high school-age team in Colorado. Tries were scored by senior Catherine Boyd and sophomore Kate Orlin, and there were several close calls throughout the game.

“We scored two tries that were ruled not tries,” Barth said. “Nicola (Allan) had three or four that would have gone in for a score. We got a little confident. We’ve never had a close game against ThunderRidge. The girls got a little too relaxed. We should have put them away and we didn’t. They turned out to be better than I thought.”

Barth said there was an obvious discrepancy in player size between the two teams, but the No. 1 Tigers, who are not easily intimidated, didn’t balk at all.

“Their forwards are huge,” he said of ThunderRidge. “And they are definitely one of the most physical teams in the league. Their defense was really good.”

Summit flanker Tori Pearson was Player of the Game. Summit’s younger team played the ThunderRidge B team afterwards and won 22-0. Pearson, Aurora Santos, Amy Clark and Sally Gentling scored tries and Lacey LaBaron had the two-point conversion.

Although this point in rugby season is often characterized by broken fingers and noses, the Summit team has breezed through the season thus far with very few injuries.

“Knock on wood,” Barth said. “We have one player nursing a sore knee, another nursing a sore ankle and another who’s had bloody noses, but her nose bleeds every game. We have a lot of bumps and bruises, especially after (Tuesday’s game), but for the most part, they do things right. A lot of people get confused about rugby. They say it’s football without pads. But it’s different. Rugby is a contact sport, not a collision sport.”

The Tigers had games scheduled Saturday against Littleton, their arch rivals, but both teams called them off for safe measure because of prom.

“We had a couple good ones the other day – one bruised forehead – that might go to prom,” Barth said. “We were going to play Littleton, but we called it off. They had some injuries, and both teams have prom. We had some people upset we weren’t playing because of prom. But we have some players going.”

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