Haggis routs Barbarians at City Park
After a couple of tough road losses to start the season, the Park City Haggis rugby squad returned home to City Park on Saturday hoping to get back on track.
Park City did just that, defeating the visiting Denver Barbarians 84-38 to improve to 2-2 in the Rocky Mountain Rugby Division 2 standings.
The game was dominated by Park City early, as Haggis got out to a 77-14 lead before substitutes took over and Denver closed the margin to 84-38. Haggis President and Coach Jason Hoke said Park City had one of its best days of the season thus far.
"They had a blast," he said. "Obviously, winning is more fun than losing, but when you are able to control a game like that, it’s a lot of fun for the guys."
Plus, Hoke added, the City Park atmosphere adds to the experience for the entire team.
"It was a beautiful day and a good crowd," he said. "You really can’t beat a good day of rugby at City Park."
Park City has home games the next two Saturdays as well, so Hoke is hoping to leave the Oct. 24 game with a 4-2 overall record.
"We usually do really well at home," he said. "Our struggles this year have been on the road — getting everybody over to Colorado is a little on the hard side. But we’re undefeated the last three years at home."
Despite some early struggles, Hoke said Park City still believes it will contend for a league title in the spring.
"We ran into one bit of an early blip this year, but I don’t see us having any more of those," he said.
This Saturday, Park City hosts the Glendale Raptors. Next weekend, Haggis will square off against Boulder Rugby. Hoke can’t be sure, but he said he hopes for two competitive games.
"You can never really tell," he said. "Not all teams travel over the mountains very well. Both should be very good games if they travel with full sides."
Following those two home games, the rugby league will break for the winter. Games resume on March 12 when Park City travels to play the Barbarians in Denver. The regular season ends on April 23 when Haggis hosts the Denver Harlequins.
This Saturday’s game against the Glendale Raptors is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at City Park.
Park City Mountain Resort is scheduled to start limited summer operations on Saturday, including the operation of PayDay lift for hikers and bikers.