Rugby: Gents top Grand Jct.

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
The Gentlemen of Aspen (red and black) work against the Grand Junction Griffins (green and white) during Saturday's rugby game at Rio Grande Park in Aspen.
Dale Strode / The Aspen Times |

The Gentlemen of Aspen celebrated Saturday’s rugby victory over visiting Grand Junction with a shower — during the second half.

The Aspen rugby team powered past the Grand Junction Griffins 63-13 to extend the summer unbeaten streak to 4-0.

The Gents, with a relatively young lineup bolstered by a few key veterans, broke open the game late in the first half.

Grand Junction, however, scored first, with the forward pack pushing across for a try and a 5-0 lead.

But the Gentlemen answered immediately when Felipe Lopez, up front, triggered an attack that saw Alan Hodgson flash through the Griffins defense for the tying try.

Wiehan Pretorius added the first of a handful of conversion kicks and Aspen led 7-5.

Luke Prosence, with a powerful run that broke two tackles, pushed Aspen’s lead to 12-5.

Pretorius added a try on a nifty pass from Jonny Mondragon, assisted by Cody Bank.

Jake Gentry added a try and Duncan Kennedy scored two more to give Aspen a 40-8 halftime lead.

When play started in the second half, the skies opened up with rain — light and steady and then hard and steady.

The Gents continue their unbeaten season under first-year head coach Cameron McIntyre.

The Gentlemen will play at Steamboat Springs next Saturday, July 25, before hosting the Vail Rugby Club on Aug. 1.

Aspen will travel to Park City for a tourney Aug. 8.