Big crowd watches Junior Gents roll past Palmer |

Big crowd watches Junior Gents roll past Palmer

Robert Hiles of the Aspen Junior Gents takes a lineup during the victory over Palmer last weekend at Willits Field.
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The Aspen Junior Gents didn’t disappoint Saturday’s big crowd at Willits Field outside Basalt.

The area high school-age rugby club dispatched visiting Palmer from Colorado Springs 39-12 in front of the large weekend crowd.

“Although the Juniors could have been better served by playing a more expansive game, their combined desire to win and their ability to control the ball simply squeezed the life out of the opposing side,” said Junior Gents head coach Gary Williams. “It is a very unusual statistic to report that the front row scored five tries, but it is reflective of how the Junior Gents played the game.”

The Palmer Terrors opened the scoring with a try from their scrum half early in the game.

The Aspen Junior Gents responded with their own score by the powerful Christian Gonzalez to tie things up.

They led 10-5 at halftime after a Jake Gentry try.

Gonzalez finished with two tries.

“Erik Mesa, the loosehead prop, scored another fine try and the ever-present leader of the pack, Luke Prosence, helped himself to two tries,” Williams said. “Robert Hiles managed two conversions and had an outstanding open-field game.”

He said the try of the game went to Nick Hanle.

“Hanle is by far the smallest player on the field every game but always the most tenacious in defense and attack,” Williams said. “He hounded the opposition into errors continuously before claiming his score under the posts.”

Nick Morgan and Danny Gomez had strong running games in the center and did not allow one break from their opposite numbers, he said.

“Matt Wampler again controlled the game very well from the base of the forwards, who were an outstanding unit throughout the game. But the day belonged to the front row of Gonzalez, Prosence and Mesa,” Williams said.

This week the Junior Gents will play at Castle Rock before their final home game at Willits Field on April 18.

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