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Sunday Sep 6, 2009 in Amateur Competitions Division II Clubs

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On a perfect day, Eastern Rockies RFU Division II league play got underway as Fort Collins entertained Denver’s DII team (Queen City) at their brand new Wildwings Field.

The pitch, donated by booster Danny Byerly, is located 4 miles southeast of Fort Collins and boasts a perfect surface and scenic views.

Both sided exhibited plenty of early season rust with Queen City, in particular disrupted by early injuries to captain Matt Berry and hooker Sergio Villareal. The first half ended with City on top 10-0, thanks to a close-range try by MVP Chris Gustafson, converted by Mark Stines, who later added a penalty.

Fort Collins fought back to 10-10 with tries by standout flanker Nick O’Connell and Vito Suntori to ensure a tense final ten minutes. However, it was Queen City who responded with a long-range try by Ryan Diehl and another Chris Gustafson score from a disintegrating Fort Collins scrum on its own line. Stines added a conversion for a final score of 22-10.

City coach Neil Rushbrooke was happy with the result, if not the performance, and singled out former Regis winger Jesse Lyshorn for praise as well as the versatile Gustafson.

Denver’s C-side, then bested Ft.Collins B 36-27 in the final game of the day. 

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