Friday, May 4, 2018

Denver Barbarians Ready For Playoffs

By Brendan Shea

The Denver Barbarians began their playoff campaign yesterday with a 71-7 win against Park City Haggis on the Infinity Park turf field. After a full slate of Chicago vs. Glendale club games, a rowdy crowd continued to grow all afternoon leading up to the marque match that would decide who moved on in the D2 west playoffs. By the 4pm kick off, the hot sun beat down as the spectators (comprised of a mix of Barbo fans and old boys, the Chicago Silverbacks, Chicago Sirens, and Chicago Westside Condors) enjoyed a multitude of scoring.

The 20 minutes of the game remained tight as the Barbos were penalized a yellow card for not rolling away from a ruck, but the scoring opened up in the final 20 minutes of the first half. Tries came from Jasen “Tubbs” Cristensen, Eric Sykes, Evan Geist, Gabriel Brahm, Soane Leger, Carmine Hernandez, Devrin Young, Michael Al-Jiboori, and Estevan Crispin. Captain Danny Bell commented on the teams play against Park City.

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“Park City is a strong club and played a hard nose game of rugby, while we were far from perfect we were able to capitalize on mistakes and create opportunities. It was a good first step in our postseason campaign, but there is a lot more work to do and rugby to be played”

Next week the Barbos will take on the St. Louis Royals on the same Infinity Park turf Saturday afternoon with a shot at the west playoffs at stake. Coach Brian Erichson briefly touched on the playoff mindset and the game this week.

“Not  knowing much about our opposition and their strengths and weaknesses going into this weekend all we can do is focus on the things we can control”

The frontier region is one of the large geographic regions in the USA club rugby set up, and its D2 champion will be decided Saturday afternoon.

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