Gents regain winning form against Golden Gate |

Gents regain winning form against Golden Gate

Tim Mutrie

The Gentlemen of Aspen Rugby Football Club rebounded from an alarming loss in its season opener to beat San Francisco’s Golden Gate team 25-0 Saturday in California.

The four-time defending national champion Gents drew on physical forward play and defense as the team took a 15-0 halftime lead en route to the shutout victory.

Second-row player Gerald Klerk scored two tries for the Gents, while Lance Sigley added one and kicker and fly half Chris Morrow wracked up ten points on two penalty kicks and three conversions after scoring tries.

“We were vastly improved from the week before,” Gents spokesman John Silich said, refering to the team’s 32-5 loss to Old Mission Beach (San Diego) March 17. “We set out to play a pattern that served us well in the past and everything went well.

“Our forwards pack dominated our scrums and our lineouts and some of theirs,” he continued. “And due to that, we were able to control the entire game. Gerald [Klerk] just had a monster game. A second-rower can play for 20 years and score two tries, so for him to score two in one game is impressive.”

“It all started with our defense,” added Morrow, the Gents’ captain. “We held them out and then we started putting points on the board.

“The forwards played great together and created opportunities for the backs,” Morrow continued. “The guys showed a lot of heart and we proved it on the field – and we had to if we wanted to get on schedule for the finals” and a bid at a fifth straight national championship.

Weather permitting, the Gents open at home this weekend against the Old Blues of Berkeley, Calif. Silich said the team will determine a venue – either in Aspen, Carbondale or Denver – later in the week.

“We really look forward to playing in Aspen – it gives us a huge advantage obviously – but it’ll depend on the weather,” he said. “And it could be a last-minute thing.”

For up-to-date information, call the Gents’ hot line at 947-5198.

Morrow said Aspen and the Old Blues enjoy a longstanding rivalry.

“I reckon they’ll be tough,” he said. “But hopefully, we’ll be just as prepared as we were Saturday and we’ll contain ’em.”

Old Mission Beach of San Diego “gave us a lot of problems to address,” Silich said, “and that loss was a little bit of an aberration because we played so poorly. But Saturday’s game is more of a fair indication of where we’re at early in the season, and we hope to use this as a benchmark to improve from for the rest of the year.”

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