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Gents host Golden Dragons on Saturday

Coming off a 93-20 rout of Colorado Springs on the road last Saturday, the Gentlemen of Aspen Rugby Football Club hosts the Golden Dragons of Denver on Saturday at the Basalt Middle School field.

Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

The Golden Dragons are the newest rugby club to emerge from Denver, a city that boasts at least four other established clubs in the Barbarians, the Highlanders, the Harlequins and Queen City.

The Golden Dragons are so new, in fact, that Saturday’s match will be their third – ever.

“Needless to say, we don’t know a lot about them,” chuckled Lance Sigley, Aspen’s summer league coach.

“It’s kind of difficult to prepare for someone you don’t know anything about, so we’ll just try to keep playing the way we have been and hopefully it’ll be a bit too much for them.”

Last Saturday in Colorado Springs, Aspen stampeded over the Colorado Springs Rugby Club by a 73-point margin. Fullback Travis Butler scored four tries for Aspen, and backs Simon Dogbe and Wayne Lister-James scored three each.

“We had a good one,” Sigley said of the track-meet outburst. “Must have been at least 15 tries. … These young guys are starting to play as a team, they’re starting to come together, so it’s good to see.”

Meanwhile, Aspen’s 7s team continues to prepare for the U.S. National 7s Championship, a one-day, 16-team tourney slated for Aug. 9 in Pittsburgh, Sigley said.

Aspen, which revived its 7s team last year after a decade long hiatus, advanced to the round of eight at the 2002 National 7s Championship. Similar to the regular 15-man rugby, 7s games feature only 7 players per side, and instead of 40 minute halfs, halfs are only 7 minutes.

“They’re getting their campaign nicely under way,” Sigley said.

Aspen’s 7s team and summer league team are practicing Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6 p.m., as usual, with an eye toward the 7s tourney and, further down the road, the Aspen Ruggerfest, Sept. 18-21.

“All we can do is keep building,” Sigley said, “and in a couple of weeks, start preparing for Ruggerest in earnest.”

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