Steamboat rugby team opens season with upset over Aspen |

Steamboat rugby team opens season with upset over Aspen

Michael Hickey Special to the Steamboat Pilot & Today
The Steamboat Springs Rugby Football Club poses for a photo Saturday after defeating Aspen. Front row, from left: Gabe Furnivall, Mark Stines, Arlo Lott Jr, Rob Schwartz, Dustin Brown, Ben Rotstein, Kantoa Rimon, Mark Byrnes and Mike Loots. Second row: Mike Hickey, Michael Stewart, Jacob Warden, Kit Callahan, Keegan Dufty, Dallas Bailes, Jason Troyer, Zach Taylor, Tydan Baker, Jake Berman, Lomani Tongotongo, Franklin Cattelona and Quentin Newcomer.
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Springs Rugby Football Club opened its season Saturday in Aspen.

The last time these teams met, the Aspen Rugby Football Club, perennial favorites to win the Summer Mountain League and 2017 champions, defeated Steamboat by a margin of 66-19. This year, however, Steamboat arrived more prepared for the challenge.

Behind a three-try performance by new flyhalf Lomani Tongotongo, Steamboat upset Aspen 38-27. Other try scorers were tighthead prop Kantoa Rimon, outside center Gabe Furnival and scrumhalf and coach Michael Hickey. Rob Schwartz converted four of six kicks.

Steamboat looks to build on this success when they host Grand Junction Rugby Football Club at 1 p.m. Saturday at Whistler Park. The match is free to attend.

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