Rematch: Junior Gents beat Fort Collins
In a highly anticipated rematch of the 2013 state rugby championship, the Junior Gents Rugby team rolled past Fort Collins 40-5.
“It says a lot about how well prepared the Junior Gents were that they were able to score almost immediately through Jake Gentry, the talented fly half from Glenwood Springs,” said interim coach Fred Waititi, who took over last weekend when head coach Gary Williams was out of town.
The Junior Gents edged Fort Collins for the state title in Division II high school rugby last season.
The Junior Gents last weekend continually spread the ball wide taking advanttage of play from Oswaldo Olmeda, a Basalt High School senior, and Luke Prosence, a Glenwood Springs junior.
The Junior Gents continued to make good use of the ball going forward and scored with captain Matt Williams and Gentry, with his second try.
Robert Hiles continued his prolific kicking form and not only converted the scores but then helped himself to a try after he was set up by Aspen senior Matthew Ferguson.
Fort Collins answered to cut the lead to 21-5 at halftime.
But the Junior Gents stepped up in the second half in front of a large crowd at the Willits Field.
All of the replacements were used, and Jamie Harris made his debut on the wing alongside Thunder Frease.
Williams, the scrum half, finished with three tries on the day. Hiles kicked 5 of 6 conversions.
The final home game before the playoffs will be Saturday at Willits Field. The Junior Gents will take on the Denver Harlequins at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The playoffs will begin April 26.
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