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Kansas City Blues Fall 2017 News and Events

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11.11.17 - Kansas City Blues vs Cincinnati Wolfhounds
11.04.17 - Kansas City Blues D1 vs Chicago Griffins

10.28.17 - Kansas City Blues D1 vs Chicago Lions
10.21.17 - Kansas City Blues D1 vs Milwaukee. D2 vs Wichita.

10.14.17 - Kansas City Blues D1 vs Columbus. D2 vs KU.
10.07.17 - Kansas City Blues D1 vs Chicago Lions. D2 vs Northland.
09.30.17 - Kansas City Blues D1 falls short of Division Leaders Metropolis

09.23.17 - Kansas City Blues D1 lose close game on the road. D2 remains unbeaten

09.16.17 - Kansas City Blues win second week on the road 76-5 over the Chicago Griffins

09.09.17 - Kansas City Blues with big wins over Palmer and Goats

09.02.17 - Kansas City Blues, fall to Milwaukee. Metropolis undefeated early in D1 Midwest

08.26.17 - Kansas City Blues, Metropolis, notch bigs wins in DI Midwest

08.19.17 - Kansas City Blues fall to Metropolis after 20-0 Start

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11/11.17 - Kansas City Blues D1 vs Cincinnati Wolfhounds

Kansas City Blues vs Cincinnati Wolfhouds November 11th, 2017

By Alexander Diegel | RugbyToday.com
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In the cold and rain, the Kansas City Blues won their sixth game of the season beating Cincinnati, 27-10. KC head coach Scott Kram said, “Cincinnati had a solid defense and points were not coming easy.  Keeping possession was key for us and allowed us to slowly build a lead up.”

Flyhalf Kelly Mercer led the way for KC scoring 17 points with a try, three conversions, and two penalties. Matt Behnami and Blake Baty also finished with tries for the Blues.

The Blues will host Palmer on Saturday and Kram hopes to have a couple key players return from injury. “Palmer is one of the most physical teams in our league and can cause trouble for any team not performing at their best.  Winning our last home game will get us back to .500 and make up for the struggles we had from a long series on the road in midseason.”



11/04.17 - Kansas City Blues D1 vs Chicago Griffins

Kansas City Blues vs Chicago Griffins, November 4th, 2017

By Alexander Diegel | RugbyToday.com
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The Kansas City Blues handled a resurgent Chicago Griffins side, 46-29, at home in Kansas City, Mo. With the win, the Blues improved to 5-7 while the Griffins fell to 2-10.

Fullback Blake Baty spotted the Blues a 5-0 lead and that score held until the Griffins got on the board with a converted try at 24’ to take the lead. The middle stand of the game is where the Blues got the attack rolling and took control of the match. From the 27th minute to the 53rd, Kansas City scored five tries, with the Griffins’ only response coming via penalty kick. That stretch put Kansas City up 36-10 and was more than enough from there on out.

“We focused all week on defense and shutting down the attack around the breakdown,” Blues’ coach Scott Kram explained. “It was a huge improvement from the previous week. I think we were pretty evenly matched as the Griffins definitely brought down a stronger side than our last match versus them.”

“We did a good job of offering a balanced attack,” Kram continued. “We wanted to keep them guessing and did well changing up our attacks as they reacted to them. The tries were evenly split between the backs and pack.  Instead of relying on a single playmaker, I feel this was more of a team win than we have had in any other game this season.”

Baty’s early try was followed by flanker Connor McDounough, wing Brendan Nachbar, prop Ryan Scheidt, Nachbar’s second, lock Kevin Schwartze, and reserve Erik Miller. Nachbar also added three conversions with the boot.



10.28.17 - Kansas City Blues D1 vs Chicago Lions

Kansas City Blues vs Chicago Lions, October 28th, 2017

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Unfortunately for the Kansas City Blues, the frustrations of back-to-back losses for the Chicago Lions were unleashed. At home in Chicago, Ill., the Lions quickly rebounded from an early deficit to outscore the Blues and win 74-26 for their eigth win of the season.

After Kendrick Scott and Kevin Schwartze spotted KC a 14-0 lead, the Lions responded with tries by Chris Gehring, Angus MacLellan, and a three consecutive scores for Jake Hidalgo for the 35-12. KC's Brendan Nachbar and Chicago's Dan Coci traded tries at the end of the end and the Lions led 40-19 at intermission.

The Lions never let up in the second half scoring six tries in the period to KC's one. Dave Whitney (2), Brian Rooney (3), and Brady Gent notched tries for Chicago, while Nachbar dotted down KC's lone score of the half. 

“We improved our set piece from recent weeks, rewarded some guys for training effort with starts and had some key players return,” Chicago coach Dave Clancy explained about the critical components to his team’s big win. “Having the platform of a steady set piece gave us opportunities we didn’t have last week. We executed our structure and worked hard. We played to put some pride in the jersey again after a tough fortnight and I feel like we achieved that.”

While Hidalgo and Rooney popped out on the stat sheet with a hat trick apiece, it was Gent that earned Man of The Match, with Whitney standing out at as well. Eloff was welcomed back after his USA responsibilities and helped spark the attack en route to its 74 points.



10.21.17 - Kansas City Blues D1 vs Milwaukee. D2 vs Wichita.

Kansas City Blues vs ChicMilwaukee, October 21st, 2017

By Alexander Diegel | RugbyToday.com
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The visiting Kansas City Blues rode a huge 19-minute stretch to a 50-33 win over the Barbarians in Milwaukee, Wisc. The game was tied at 26 with just minutes to go before halftime. But Kansas City scored just before the break, struck again at 41’, 50’, and a penalty kick at 55’ made it 50-26. From there, both offenses slowed, as the Barbarians’ try and subsequent conversion at 73’ represented the rest of the scoring.

The Blues had had some difficulty rotating players in and out through the season but found some stability Saturday against Milwaukee. “We were finally able to get our set pieces consistent,” KC coach Scott Kram said. “Maintaining possession allowed us to do what we do best; offer a mix of attacks to keep the opposition guessing. Our backline has been solid all season, but I felt the pack really stepped up this game attacking the midfield, initiating many of our line breaks.”

Inside center Brendan Nachbar (2), flanker Scott Kendrick, lock Kevin Schwartze, fullback Blake Beaty, hooker Greg McAvoy and lock Matt Wirken all found the try zone for Kansas City. Scrumhalf Michael Mercer hit six conversions and a penalty kick.



10.14.17 - Kansas City Blues D1 vs Columbus. D2 vs KU.

Kansas City Blues vs Columbus, October 714th, 2017

By Alexander Diegel | RugbyToday.com
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Columbus RFC took care of business at home in Columbus, Ohio to the tune of a 48-15 victory over the Kansas City Blues. Eightman Riekert Hattingh, lock Justin Stevens, and the boot of #10 Taylor Howden put Columbus up 14-0 just ten minutes in. Wing Mason Baum and the Howden conversion made it 21-0 before Kansas City got on the board with a penalty kick, then a converted try made it 21-10 at 32’. Columbus thwarted the Blues’ attempt to steal momentum with a try and penalty kick, both courtesy of Howden, to go into the half up 29-10.

Three second-half tries to the Blues’ one finished the match in Columbus’ favor. Hattingh, flanker Richie Hines (2), and two more Howden conversions finished the scoring for the home team. With the victory, Columbus is 6-3 and is just three standing points behind the Lions.

 



10.07.17 - Kansas City Blues D1 vs Chicago Lions. D2 vs Northland.

Kansas City Blues vs Chicago Lions, October 7th, 2017

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In a match full of cards on both sides, the Chicago Lions emerged from the chaos with a 27-25 road win over the Blues in Kansas City, Mo. Flyhalf Harrison Deck spotted Chicago a 7-0 lead with an early try and conversion and the Blues responded with a Mike Mercer penalty to cut the lead to four points.

Unfortunately for KC, the scrumhalf Casey Cummings was sent off the pitch with a red card in the 23rd minute. Down to 14 players for the remainder of the game, the Blues rallied and kicked another penalty and Sean Murray scored a try for the 11-7 advantage just before halftime. The Lions cut the lead to a point at the whistle with a Deck penalty to make it 11-10.

With the man advantage, Chicago pressed the pace piling up the points in the process. Eric Williams and Dan Coci notched early tries, but ill-discipline sent two Lions to the bin halfway through the period. KC took advantage with a Walter Elder try but was able to capitalize further even with a third yellow card to Chicago in the 66th minute.

Once Deck returned from the bin, Chicago pushed its lead to nine points with a penalty at 72', but KC wasn't done. A last-ditch try by KC's Brendan Nachbar made it 27-25, however, the Lions held on in the final minute for the win.

Outside of returning its men to the pitch following three yellow cards in four minutes for ruck infringements, Lions’ coach Dave Clancy pointed to one of his reserves as a spark in the win. “Eric Williams came on at halftime and gave us some great go forward, which was key to our next few scores.”



09.30.17 - Kansas City Blues D1 fall short of Division Leaders Metropolis

Kansas City Blues Results, September 23rd, 2017

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Over in Metropolis, Minn., Metropolis RFC continued its undefeated run with a 30-19 home win over the Kansas City Blues. Flyhalf Peceli Rinakama struck first three minutes in, then the Blues answered three minutes later. Flanker Martin Broberg put Metro back on top, fullback Bryan Ptomey converted, and the defenses stood up as the 12-5 Metro lead held for the next 26 minutes. Eightman Pita Naruma extended the home team’s lead at 34’, and the teams went into the break with Metropolis up 17-5.

Reserve wing Sean Kelly then made it 22-5 at 51’ and the Metropolis bench came up big again with another try from the reserves, this one courtesy of Ryan Gilligan. The Blues scored three straight tries to make it interesting, but the damage was pretty much done. Ptomey tacked on a penalty kick for good measure with three minutes left to make the game’s final score 30-19.

“We played well in spurts, but KC was also very strong,” said Metropolis coach Rob Holder. “I think we had a lot of field position in the end of the first half that wore down Kansas City. Having them play out of their own end was probably the key. Then in the second half we had a lot of fresh legs.”



09.23.17 - Kansas City Blues D1 lose close game on the road. D2 remains unbeaten.

Kansas City Blues Results, September 23rd, 2017

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In the most competitive match of the day Cincinnati and Kansas City went back and forth for a hard fought 80 minutes and as is usually the case with close struggles, penalties decided the day. First on the board were the Blues as flyhalf Michael Mercer struck on a penalty kick early and wing Greg Fry added 5 points when he dotted down moments later. A yellow card by Blues loosehead prop Devante Manu gave Wolfhounds scrumhalf John Stapleton a shot at goal and he would not miss and a second yellow on Blues hooker Greg McAvoy gave Stapleton the chance to bring his club within two. Down two big men the Blues gave up tough meters to the Wolfhounds and #8 Eric Lalley gave Cincinnati the lead with a converted try, 13 – 8. Eagle flanker Brodie Orth answered for the Blues and Mercer sent his side into the shed leading 15 – 13.

The second 40 was much of the same as both squads traded penalties and 3 pointers. Within the first 10 minutes Stapleton had given Cincy the lead only to lose it again to Mercer moments later. As the match wore on it would be clear discipline would decide the day and it would be the Blues who faltered. Penalties at the 67 and 74 minute marks gave Stapleton the opportunity to take the lead and extend it which he did giving the Wolfhounds a much needed home win.

Next up for the Wolfhounds is a tough road trip to Chicago to face the Lions while the Blues travel to Metropolis hoping to hand the table toppers their first loss.



09.16.17 - Kansas City Blues win second week on the road 76-5 over the Chicago Griffins

Kansas City Blues Results, September 16th, 2017

By Alexander Diegel | RugbyToday.com
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A home match in Chicago, Illinois was not enough to stop the bleeding in the Griffins’ tough start to the season. The Kansas City Blues scored early of often and just nine minutes in, wing Sean Murray and flanker Walter Elder already scored, and the visitors did not look back from there.

Wing Evan Ernstmann (2), inside center David McDonough, flanker Scott Kendrick, flyhalf Michael Mercer, Murray again, fullback Brendan Nachbar, and outside center Greg Fry (3) finished up the scoring for Kansas City. Mercer hit five of his conversions, with Murray and Nachbar tacking on one apiece.



09.09.17 - Kansas City Blues with big wins over Palmer and Goats

Kansas City Blues Results, September 9th, 2017

By Evan Lappen | RugbyToday.com
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Division 1 Recap. Kansas City Blues win on the road at Palmer

In the Men's Club, Metropolis continues to reign supreme over the Midwest by reaching the century mark over the Chicago Griffins, 109-12. In the remaining games, Cincinnati outscored Milwaukee, the Chicago Lions beat Columbus by one point, 25-24, and the Kansas City Blues won on the road versus Palmer on Saturday.

Starting Lineup: 1. Luke Haider, 2. Erik Miller, 3. Ryan Scheidt, 4. Brodie Orth (VC), 5. Matt Wirken, 6. James Clarke, 7. Walt Elder, 8. Rick Korvick, 9. Casey Cummings, 10. Kelly Mercer (C), 11. Greg Fry, 12. David McDonough, 13. Cody Weber, 14. Kenny Scott, 15. Brendan Nachbar. Game Changers: 16. Jordan Rice, 17. Sean Murray, 18. Jim Eftink, 19. Nathan Foster. Coach: Scott Kram

Kansas City Blues vs Palmer Highlights


Division 2 Recap. Kansas City Blues D2 Starts Season with a win over Oamha Goats

The Blues D2 side started their 2017 Fall campaign with a workmanlike win over the Omaha G.O.A.T.S this Saturday. Due to scheduling conflicts the Blues "home" fixture was graciously hosted by Kansas Jayhawk Rugby at Westwick Rugby Complex in Lawrence. Special thanks to Rick Renfro, Head Coach Matt Schwartz and the Kansas Jayhawk Rugby Club for being such great hosts and for providing a beautiful pitch to play on. The match started with Omaha striking first with a quick try resulting from an overload out wide about seven minutes into the match. The Blues defense was rock solid for the rest of the first half and the half concluded with a try after 19 year old flyhalf Sean Lenihan offloaded to 48 year old prop reserve Lati Sipinga who bull dozed his way into the try zone. The match went into the break with a score of 5-5.

The second half started with a tremendous one man effort by James "Jimmer" Flath as he spun away from 2 defenders before taking 4 defenders into the try zone as he dotted down the try to conclude a beautiful 20 meter run. The second half also saw some impact veteran subs with old timers and longtime teammates, Jay Allen & Bubba George coming off the bench. Jay "Train" Allen added some tremendous go forward on offense and scored a penalty try after his 30 meter rumble ended in a high tackle around the 5 meter line. With about 15 minutes remaining Jay Allen made his presence known again by causing a "not releasing" penalty against Omaha which resulted in a penalty conversion by Sean Lenihan to take the score to 22-12. Omaha scored the final try with no time remaining to end the match with a final score of 22-17 with the Blues coming out on top.

Many players showed well for Head Coach Joe D'Agostino's squad. Prop Brandon Hayes played a strong 80 minutes, KU graduate and Blues newcomer center David Marr was a spark offensively, Zach Pollom caused several crucial turnovers with his ball poaching skills and obviously Jay Allen was an impact reserve. Ultimately though it was UCM grad and Blues newcomer, Demetri Westbrook, that was awarded Man of the Match. His great decision making, break away runs and crushing form tackles were a huge factor in the win. The Blues D2 will be back in action in Lawrence again in 2 weeks against a tough K-State squad.

Starting Lineup: 1. Brandon Hayes, 2. James Flath, 3. Reed Harbour, 4. Trevor Salsey , 5. Tom Murphy, 6. Trigg Routh , 7. Alex Bertz, 8. Kam Powelson, 9. Chris Reed, 10. Sean Lenihan, 11. Dimitri Westbrook, 12. David Mauer, 13. Zach Pollom, 14. Oja Ena, 15. Sam Wiese Game Changers: Ilati Sipping, Nate Portz, Alan Bortolotti, Fabrizzio Bortolotti, Brendan Murphy, Bubba George, Steve Jackman, Brandon Hearn, Matt Orallo , Jay Allen, Todd Brier. Coaches: Joe D'Agostino, Darlwin Nelson. Manager: Kyle Izard

Kansas City Blues vs Omaha Goats Highlights



09.02.17 - Kansas City Blues, fall to Milwaukee. Metropolis undefeated early in D1 Midwest

Kansas City Blues Results, September 2nd, 2017

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The Milwaukee Barbarians hit the road and upset the Kansas City Blues in Kansas City, Mo., 31-22. The opening tries from wing Cody Weber and lock Matt Wirken spotted the Blues a 12-0 lead in the first ten minutes of the match. With a two-possession disadvantage and a man in the bin, things did not look good for Milwaukee early.

However, the Barbarians held on for the ten-minute penalty, returned to fifteen strong and immediately were back in the game with a try from Matt Drzewiecki, converted by scrummy Nick Vigder, to make it 12-7 at 21’. That score held until 45’ when Vigder struck and converted his own to put the visitors up 14-12. KC's Mike Mercer gave his squad the lead back with a penalty kick, but Milwaukee answered as Drzewiecki notched his second and Vigder was good again for the conversion. Kansas City then jumped back on top with the try and conversion from Richard Korvick and Mercer.

The one-point lead held until Milwaukee eightman Kyle Cwiklis found pay dirt to give his team a 26-22 lead. Barbarians’ lock Ben Bastian sealed the victory for the visitors at 77’ for the game’s final score, 31-22.

Starting Lineup: 1. Matt Behnami, 2. Scott McAvoy, 3. Ryan Scheidt, 4. Cale Harbour, 5. Matt Wirken, 6. James Clarke, 7. Connor McDonough, 8. Jim Eftink, 9. Casey Cummings, 10. Kelly Mercer (C), 11. Greg Fry, 12. David McDonough , 13. Cody Weber, 14. Evan Ernstmann, 15. Kenny Scott. Game Changers: 16. Rick Korvick, 17. Jordan Rice, 18. Silas Johnson, 19. Luke Haider, 20. Trigg Routh, 21. Branson Hayes, 22. Kam Powelson.

Kansas City Blues vs Milwaukee Barbarians Highlights



08.26.17 - Kansas City Blues, Metropolis, notch bigs wins in DI Midwest

By Alexander Diegel | RugbyToday.com
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The Blues rode a potent offense and strong defense to a 41-31 home victory over Columbus in Kansas City, Mo. It wasn’t easy, as Kansas City had to rebound from a 14-0 deficit after Riekert Hattingh and Daejon Street scored for Columbus in the first 20 minutes of play.

Flyhalf Michael Mercer got the Blues on the board with a penalty kick at 20’, Columbus extended its lead with another Hattingh try, then flanker Richard Korvick notched the Blues’ first try. Columbus responded with a Joseph Schroeder try and with 30 minutes in, the visitors still held a strong 26-8 lead. Blues’ lock Matt Wirkin scored a critical try just before half, Mercer converted and the lead was cut to 26-15 heading into the break.

The Blues scored first in the second half from center Cody Weber as the comeback was on with the Blues down 26-22. Wing Blake Baty gave Blues its first lead in the 57' at 27-26. With the momentum, KC didnt let up and reserve wing Evan Ernstmann quickly made his presence felt with a try, converted by Mercer, to extend the lead to 34-26. Weber struck again at 75’ pretty much sealing up the victory. Columbus fought through to the end with Roland Suniula notching a try for the game’s final margin of 41-31.

“Our pack played well, and we had a number of breaks form our centers,” Kansas City coach Scott Kram explained about the win. “I was very proud of our first-season players on the wings, who ran with authority and made some game-saving tackles.” Kram pointed to lock Matt Wirkin as his man of the match. Wirkin played with physicality on both sides of the ball. “Matt kept the Columbus defense honest with hard running and had a number of turnovers at the breakdown.”

The Blues will look for more of the same performances next week against the Milwaukee Barbarians, while Columbus will try to rebound in Cincinnati against the Wolfhounds.

Kansas City Blues Results, August 26th, 2017

Starting Lineup: 1. Matt Behnami, 2. Scott McAvoy, 3. Ryan Scheidt, 4. Brodie Orth, 5. Matt Wirken, 6. James Clarke, 7. Connor McDonough, 8. Rick Korvick, 9. Casey Cummings, 10. Kelly Mercer (C), 11. Greg Fry, 12. David McDonough , 13. Cody Weber, 14. Sean Murray, 15. Brendan Nachbar. Game Changers: 16. Cale Harbour, 17. Jordan Rice, 18. Greg Fry , 19. Luke Haider, 20. Trigg Routh, 21. Silas Johnson, 22. Erik Miller, 23. Evan Ernstmann.



08.19.17 - Kansas City Blues fall to Metropolis after 20-0 Start

By Evan Lappen | RugbyToday.com
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To begin the 2017-2018 Midwest season, Metropolis came back from a 20 point first half deficit to win 42-27 over the Kansas City Blues. Cody Weber and Sean Murray got the Blues on the board first with Kelly Mercer chipping in two conversions and two penalties. Metropolis started its comeback about 30 minutes in as David McGill, Vita Makasini, and Joeli Tikoisuva scored to close the gap to 20-19 at the half.

The Minneapolis, Minn. club took the lead with a Bryant Larson try and a Brian Ptomey penalty. KC cut the lead to two points with a Brendan Nachbar try at 29-27, but Metropolis’ Ekapatelisio Veamatahau and Jerome Strother Jr. finished the game with tries and Ptomey added a PK at the end for the 42-27 victory.

In his first season as the Metropolis head coach, Rob Holder takes over a young squad with a ton of potential. On the comeback, Holder said, “We eliminated mistakes. KC took advantage of a lot of our mistakes early on. We were playing nervous and were making decent decisions but our execution was poor. Our execution got better and once we scored a couple of tries at the end of the first half, our confidence went up.”

Metropolis travels to the Chicago Lions next week and Holder expects a tough challenge. “We want to continue to gain experience and test ourselves. They are going to be really good so we will test our young guys and gain experience and composure.”

Kansas City Blues Results, August 19th, 2017

Starting Lineup: 1. Matt Behnami, 2. Scott McAvoy, 3. Keith Hicks, 4. Brodie Orth, 5. Matt Wirken, 6. Kevin Schwartze, 7. Rick Korvick, 8. James Clarke, 9. Casey Cummings, 10. Kelly Mercer (C), 11. Kendrick Scott, 12. David McDonough , 13. Cody Weber, 14. Sean Murray, 15. Brendan Nachbar. Game Changers: 16. Cale Harbour, 17. Ryan Scheidt, 18. Rasheed Brady, 19. Jake Gaston, 20. Blake Baty, 21. Jordan Rice, 22. Greg Fry, 23. Evan Ernstmann.


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