Rugby women grab big win at Boulder |

Rugby women grab big win at Boulder

The Steamboat Springs Women's Rugby Team poses after picking up a win Saturday at Boulder.

Practice makes perfect; or, in the case of the Steamboat Springs women’s rugby team, practice at least makes significantly better.

The squad has put its focus squarely on defense in recent weeks, dedicating hours upon hours of practice time to that side of the game. Saturday, it paid off in a very welcome way for the squad.

Steamboat traveled to play the Boulder Babes and came away with a 27-15 victory.

The team’s dedication to defense was a major reason for the win.

“Defense is the only thing we have been working on in practice,” team captain Heather Biewick said. “Our last week at training was all about tackling, form tackling, working out line communication and just focusing people on moving back to spots immediately after the breakdown.”

Boulder invited the Steamboat side to town to play at a party meant to celebrate 50 years of rugby in the Front Range city.

The Babes beat Steamboat earlier this month, when Steamboat played host to a tournament, the Cowpie Classic, and Saturday, the local side wasn’t shy about returning the favor.

The team traded tries early with Boulder, but that defense ramped up, and Steamboat’s offense kept rolling. The team got tries from Baayin Tanfro, Chloe Farrell, Sarah Stinson and Biewick as it ran away with the victory.

“The biggest thing was it was a great time to enjoy some rugby camaraderie due to the celebration they were having,” Biewick said. “Plus, for us as a club, it was huge. It was just a great boost of confidence and us making a statement — that we’re a strong team for people to invite.”

The game could have been the team’s last of the summer, though it’s hopeful it will get one more shot, playing Aug. 6 at the Ski Town Rugby Tournament in Vail. The Steamboat squad is the only women’s team sure to be there, but is hoping to set up a showdown against Vipers Women’s Rugby team out of Salt Lake City.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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