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Steamboat rugby closes season

— Saturday marked the end of a frustrating season for the Steamboat Springs rugby team.

It was not the 30-3 loss to Vail that had Steamboat down.

Despite weekly practices, the team was not prepared to play.

“The Mountain League is falling apart, and this was our second game of the season,” coach Julian Bristow said. “That’s no build-up to play Vail.”

Due to a lack of players, teams from Glenwood Springs, Breckenridge and Grand Junction had to cancel their games against Steamboat during the season.

“We have enough players,” Bristow said. “We need the Mountain League to step up.”

While Steamboat was able to field a team Saturday, it was not at full strength.

“Vail’s got a pretty seasoned team, and we have rookies playing in key positions, but the guys that filled in did an admirable job,” Bristow said. “At the end of the day, it was a good game, even if we came out on the wrong end of the score sheet.”

Before Saturday’s game, the first and last time Steamboat played was at the Cowpie Classic tournament on July 9 in Steamboat.

“You don’t have a few games, and enthusiasm starts waning,” player Rob Schwarz said. “It’s the end of a tough season.”

Next weekend, Vail will host the Ski Town Classic tournament. It is not yet known whether they will send a full team to the tournament, but Bristow said some Steamboat players will join other teams.

“It’s our responsibility to play,” Bristow said. “We have to send as many bodies as we can.”

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland


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