Summit rugby rolls after big first half
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FARMER’S KORNER – As senior Taylor Greene sprinted down the field for yet another long try with just under two minutes left, it marked the Summit rugby team’s eighth score of the game.
The Tigers were controlling the ball, clicking on offense, punishing the visiting Chaparral squad with pounding hits and had crept to a 52-0 lead.
All that was left for them to do was play the second half.
Describing the Tigers’ match Saturday at home as dominating would be selling it short. After the (fill in hyperbole here) first half, Summit took its foot off the gas in the second, wrapping up with 76-0 pummeling performance.
For head coach Karl Barth, he simply felt it was an improvement.
“It was a lot better,” he said. “We were talking about some things after Wednesday, and they spent a lot of time on Thursday sorting things out.”
Wednesday was a “lackluster” 50-0 win over Regis Jesuit.
Saturday, there was nothing low key or lethargic about the Tigers. From start to finish, Summit played its fluid, unselfish style of rugby and drilled any Chaparral player who touched the ball.
Junior Haley Anderson led the charge for Summit with some swift passing out of the scrumhalf position, setting up the Tiger offense for some big scores. She also contributed 18 points on her own – two tries and eight successful conversion kicks.
After we watched film (of Wednesday’s game), we picked out some things we wanted to work on, and I guess that was one of them – being more aggressive,” said Anderson, who was the youngest member of the U-20 U.S. National Team this summer.
Barth said Anderson “really stepped up and ran the show” in the match.
Greene scored three tries for the Tigers, and Kelly Joyce had two.
Overall, though, the Tiger scoring was fairly spread out, as eight players accounted for the 12 tries in the game.
After Anderson and Joyce traded off for the first four scores, captains Alex Cooper and Heidi Gruber both scored and Greene ran in a pair.
In the second half, Greene started the scoring before senior Alison Maginity, freshman Rita Foth and junior Vollya Sergeeva scored.
“It was a little loose here and there, but it was much more like how we want to play team rugby,” Barth said. “Last week, they were in this weird funk and tried to do it on their own. There wasn’t much energy.
“Here, they all wanted to try to do it together.”
The Tiger defense – which extended its shutout steak to 12 games – was every bit as good as the offense. In fact, there were so many big hits by the Tigers that Chaparral had to call on some JV girls to keep a full team on the field.
Junior Emmy Griffith helped lead the defensive attack from fullback, and Barth also commended the play of Hailey Curnutte and Sergeeva.
Even with having such an impressive first half, Barth said the Tigers can still play a bit better.
“There’s always stuff to work on,” he said. “We’ve talked about not getting too sideways with the ball and things like that. We want to just focus on playing the best game we can play.”
And that pursuit continues Wednesday, as the Tigers (3-0) travel to take on Highlands Ranch at 6 p.m.
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