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Flying wings, tough rucks in Bellevue

Three rugby teams play hard

Saturdayís "For the Love of the Game" rugby tournament at Bellevueís Slaughterhouse Canyon field was all about flying wedges, rucks, hard-hitting camaraderie and, of course, refreshments before and after.

Bald Mountain scrum half Billy Sprong (carrying the ball) eludes a Jackson Hole defender, surrounded by teammates Eric Dimmer (left), Matt Park (behind Billy) and Mike Ward (right). Express photo by Willy Cook

The host Bald Mountain Rugby Club, Jackson Hole (Wyo.) Moose and round-robin winner Park City (Utah) battled in three consecutive games on a muggy Saturday and partied deep into the night.

Bald Mountain, in early-season form, didnít win either of its matches but kept its positive attitude throughout.

Nursing a case of the Irish flu, Ketchumís Patrick Donohue later deadpanned, "If it wasnít for the points, we would have won both of our matches."

Eddie "Ramblin" Rablin heads upfield for Bald Mountain during Saturdayís match against Park City. Express photo by Willy Cook

The Ketchum lads were missing some vital communication skills, having practiced together with 15 players only once, just two days before. But Bald Mountainís teamwork improved throughout the day.

"We won a lot of set scrums and lineouts but lost on the loose play," said Donohue.

The Bald Mountain scrum provided a bunch of highlights in the second half of the teamís second game against Jackson Hole. They won a lot of rucks and mauls. Indeed, it was a hard-rucking game all the way.

Crouching at right, Jeff Rust and Eric Dimmer scrum low against Jackson Hole. Express photo by Willy Cook

Ketchum grabbed a 3-0 lead over Jackson Hole on Bryant Dunnís kick, but stellar Moose fly half Adam Riley tied it up with a kick before the half, then Jackson Hole scored 21 additional points after intermission for a 24-10 triumph.

Scrum half Billy Sprong had a second-half try and Dunn converted the kick.

Park City downed Ketchum 19-10 in the dayís opening contest. Then, in the high-scoring final game, Park City slipped past Jackson Hole 29-24.

Fly half Bryant Dunn of Bald Mountain dishes one out. Express photo by Willy Cook

One of Bald Mountainís best players, probably its MVP of the day, was fullback and weak side wing Milton Brooks of Bellevue, who used to wrestle for Wood River High School.

Brooks, maybe 140 pounds soaking wet, was everywhere as Bald Mountainís last line of defense. He saved two or three tries with open-field tackles. In some respects, he was Bald Mountainís defense Saturday.

Bald Mountain next plays Saturday, June 15 at 1 p.m. at a sevens Harlotfest in Stanley.


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