Written by Bernie Decker    Thursday, 10 May 2012 18:39    PDF Print Write e-mail
East Tops Saracens for Third in Colorado
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Aurora Saracens and Denver East met Wednesday evening at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo. To decide third-place in Colorado. The Angels were grimly efficient at the breakdown from the get-go, but active wide-open play of the Sarries pack and inside backs made for a good contest.

Denver East jumped right out and onto their front foot at kickoff and was awarded a scrum, 10 meters from Aurora’s try line. Blindside flanker Luke Atwood scored off of the set piece to give the Angels a 5-0 lead.

East went back on the attack immediately when Matt Fitzgerald dummied into space off of the restart and ran the kick all the way back for a try. Fitzgerald hit the conversion to put East up 12-0.

Saracens exhibited a bit of indiscipline early on resulting in numerous penalties which East exploited. East No. 8 and captain Meshach Ricketts caught a high tackle attacking Aurora’s 22, and from the quickly-tapped penalty kick and ensuing breakdown, lineout star Chris Yount snatched ball and dove across goal to ground. Fitzgerald converted and East led 17-0 in the opening 10 minutes.

Aurora responded with eight phases of bruising play, and openside flanker Joey Webb burst from that group and flipped off one tackle, scooting around another and into goal for the touch down. Converted by Siale Make, the score drew Aurora to within 10 midway through the half at 17-7.

Aurora mishandled the restart and East was knocking at the Sarries tryline. A penalty on the defenders for leaving their feet was quick-tapped, and tighthead Caden MacKenzie barged across in to increase East’s lead to 22-7.

The Sarries scrumhalf was yellow-carded for repeated offside infringements and Fitzgerald slotted a penalty to push East’s lead to 25-7.

After being held up, Aurora scored their second try when Mapa crashed through a pair of East defenders for a try. Make hit the conversions to pull Aurora back within two scores at 24-14, but that was to be all the scoring for Aurora. East crossed twice more en route to the 37-14 win.

Angels 37
Tries: Atwood, Fitzgerald (2), Yount, MacKenzie, Backstrom
Cons: Fitzgerald (2)
Pen: Fitzgerald

Saracens 14
Tries: Webb, Mapa
Cons: Make (2)

Referee: Kurt Weaver