Summit rugby ‘almost perfect’ in blowout
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Summit head coach Karl Barth isn’t often described as quiet, but when he stood with his team at halftime Saturday at its match against Chaparral, the coach didn’t have much to say.
He’s preached to his team for the past few years about focusing on playing the best they can possibly play – no matter the opponent. Regardless of what the score may be, Barth always has something to correct with his team.
“They played unbelievably,” he said. “That first half, it was almost perfect.”
And if you don’t want to take his word on it, you could’ve just looked at the scoreboard.
The Tigers put up 61 first-half points against a big, physical Chaparral team, and even with emptying the bench with reserves for the entire second half, they rolled to an astounding 99-0 win.
Let’s repeat that, just so it can sink in: Summit won, in rugby, 99-0.
The score was even surprising to Barth.
“I know what the potential of this team is, and I thought maybe (we could do that) against a second-division team, but these teams we play are good and too athletic to do that to,” he said. ” … It’s hard to do. They just dominated every facet of the game.”
Summit had 12 different players record tries in the match, and only two players – captain Heidi Gruber with two and senior Taylor Greene with three – had more than one score.
And this was all done with what Barth called a “juggled lineup” due to some injuries. Summit started two freshmen on the backline, Rita Foth and Maddie Hunt-Snyder. Hunt-Snyder scored her first varsity try in the match.
Also scoring for Summit were Ariel Johnson, Tayla Reller, Allison Rookey, Hannah Price, Emmy Griffith, Meg Weldon, Hailey Curnutte, Taryn Spencer and Haley Anderson.
Anderson, Barth said, played an “incredible” game. At scrumhalf, the junior was the starting point for the Tigers’ ball movement. She worked with Griffith in getting the ball wide and getting the offense attacking.
“The speed at which she moved the ball was just great,” Barth said.
Anderson also converted on 11-of-12 conversions in the game. Combining the kicks with her try, Anderson accounted for 27 total points in the game.
Although they didn’t pick up any tries, Barth said Chloe Dudick, Katy Peoples and Davia Carr had “great games.”
The Tigers (8-0) have a bye in the first round of the state playoffs, which begin Wednesday. They will play the winner of a Highlands Ranch-Chaparral game in the state semifinals on Saturday at Mountain Vista High School.
“Hopefully, they can play like this again,” Barth said. “It’s what they’ve been trying to do all year.”
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