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KANSAS CITY BLUES RUGBY - NEWS AND EVENTS




Kansas City Blues Spring 2017 News and Events

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04.01.17 - Kansas City Blues 1st VX's vs. Columbius. D2 vs. Pittsburg State
04.01.17 - Results - Kansas City Blues Alumni Appreciation Weekend. 1st VX's vs. Milwaukee Barbarians. D2 vs. KCRFC.

03.25.17 - Results - Kansas City Blues 1st VX's at Chicago Griffins. D2 at St. Louis Bombers.
03.18.17 - Highlights - Kansas City Blues 1st VX's vs Cincinnati. D2 vs. Omaha Goats
02.18.17 - Save the date for February 18th, 2016 and plan to help us celebrate another successful year of KC Blues Rugby!

12.05.17 - Order your copy of the Kansas City Blues 50th Anniversary Vol. 1

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04.01.17 - Kansas City Blues 1st VX's vs. Columbius. D2 vs. Pittsburg State

The Kansas City Blues vs Columbus RFC and Pittsburg State. April 8th, 2017.


04.01.17 - Results - Kansas City Blues Alumni Appreciation Weekend. 1st VX's vs. Milwaukee Barbarians. D2 vs. KCRFC.

Two huge league wins for D1 & D2 today! D1 wins 43-39 on a last second try by Cody Weber, and D2 beats City 33-14. Both bonus point wins. Thanks so much to all the alumni and fans that came out today. Tremendous crowd and home field advantage!

The Kansas City Blues vs Milwaukee Barbarians and KCRFC.

On Saturday the Blues organization celebrated Alumni Appreciation Day with a pre-game BBQ and tailgate thanks in large part to alumni and current Vice President Ashley Pouche who helped organize and put together the event. As you can tell from the highlight films below, there was a terrific crowd at both matches on Saturday. Special thank you to all who came out and supported the Blues on Saturday. Our club would not be what we are today with the continued support of our alumni.

The day started with the Kansas City Junior Blues playing two local teams as a curtain raiser with the Jr. Blues coming out victorious over both St. James and the newly formed program Marysville. Following these matches the Division 1 side took the field to take on Milwaukee in a very important league match as they chase the Midwest League playoffs. In order to make the final four playoff of the Midwest League the Blues must finish in the top four and coming into the week they sat at 6th out of 8 teams (with a record of 6-5 and with several teams ahead of them having played 12 games instead of 11) and were at risk of missing the 4 team league playoff for the first time ever. After a strong start, the Blues took an early 21-0 lead and looked like they might make easy work of their opponent but the Barbarians would not go away without a fight. Over the course of the next 40-50 minutes, Milwaukee went on a 36-3 scoring run to take a 36-24 lead. The final 15 minutes saw a lot of see saw play with the two sides exchanging tries. The Blues try came from a solid scrum set piece with a perfectly executed movement between Afa Tapusoa and Casey Cummings off the back of the scrum and a quick second phase score in the corner by Sean Murray. After a Milwaukee penalty conversion the Blues trailed 39-29 with only about 7 minutes left in the match. After the kickoff that followed the Milwaukee penalty, the Blues put together some solid phase play including some great go forward runs by Cody Weber and veteran reserve Jim Eftink. Ultimately Afa Tapusoa scored another try on the short side. After the conversion by Kelly Mercer the Blues trailed 39-36 with only 2-3 minutes left in the match. Ultimately the Blues gained possession in near midfield and Kelly Mercer started a great movement from the 9 position where he flipped to starting prop and 7's Qualifier team member Matt Behnami who scampered for about 20 meters before perfectly executing a pin and pass to Cody "Warchild" Weber who scored the game winning try with no time left on the clock. Blues win one of the more exciting home matches of the season with a final tally of 43-39. The Blues flooded the match with reserves in the last part of the match and ultimately this helped fuel the amazing comeback. Head Coach Markus Valovalo awarded the "Man of the Match" to the entire bench. The bonus point win puts the Blues firmly into the playoff race with a HUGE home league match at 2pm this Saturday versus first place Columbus RFC.

Kansas City Blues vs Milwaukee Barbarians Highlights

The D2 match featured an age old rivalry match against cross town nemesis, KCRFC ("City"). The game started out as a see saw affair with KCRFC dominating possession in the first half and a halftime score of 14-12 over the Blues. At halftime D2 Head Coach, Joe D'Agostino, made several adjustments and substitutions and the Blues came out on fire in the second half. The defense was shooting up strong and were able to maintain their discipline and win the penalty count in the second half by frustrating the City offense. The second half was particularly impressive as the Blues showcased their organizational depth by playing a full 23 players and outscored City 20-0 in the half to go onto win 34-12. Of the 23 players that played, 18 of the players were 25 and under with the 4 "super veterans", Dave Poirier, Bubba George, Jay Allen, Rafa Dominguez and Nathan "Piggy" Foster helping to add some valuable experience to the team. Standouts on the day included Brendan Nachbar (St. Thomas Aquinas/ KU / Blues 7's) who seemed to be in the middle of almost every offensive movement, Kyle Smith (Jr. Blues / K-State / 2nd generation Blue) who was a menace to City every time they tried to kick for field position, Connor Burke (UMKC / Blues Academy 7's) who dotted down a try and was tremendous with his boot all day as well as old timers "Uncle Dave" Poirier and Bubba George who helped provide good go forward in the pack. Ultimately though, it was Evan Ernstmann (UMKC) who picked up his 2nd straight "Man of the Match" scoring 2 tries. In addition to playing solid defense, Evan has now scored 7 tries in 3 league matches this Spring. The Blues D2 will play a friendly this Saturday at 4pm against Pitt. St. in a match honoring the memory of Patrick Mercer then will return to league play the following weekend with the big road match against Omaha. Currently the Blues D2 sits at 3-2 and in second place in the league where the top 2 teams advance to the playoffs.

Kansas City Blues vs KCRFC Highlights


03.25.17 - Results - Kansas City Blues 1st VX's at Chicago Griffins. D2 at St. Louis Bombers.

The Kansas City Blues vs Chicago Griffins and St. Louis Bombers results.

Kansas City Blues D1 at Chicago Griffins

After a disappointing season opening loss at home to the Cincinnati Wolfhounds, the Blues bounced back in dramatic fashion with a 41-22 bonus point victory on the road against a formidable Chicago Griffins team.

Led from the front by standout performances from Kevin Schwartze & Matt Behnami, the Blues jumped to a quick lead after a great run by Cody Weber on his return from a lengthy injury spell. Captain Kelly Mercer slotted his first of 4 conversions on the day to take the lead to 7-0.

Johann Swanepoel added another try off the Blues dangerous counter attack to take a 15-0 lead, before the Griffins registered their only try of the opening period to take the score at Half time to 22-8. MOTM Kevin Schwartze would add another try this side of Half time to put the Blues up 29-8 and secure a much needed bonus point in the Midwest playoff race.

The Griffins showed there was still work to be done as they clawed back another try and conversion to close the gap to 29-15 before a pair of Seán Murray tries sealed the victory for the Blues, the former off a beautifully weighted cross field kick from substitute Flyhalf, David McDonough. The Griffins showed great fight to secure a consolation try to leave the Final score at 41-22.

The Blues hope to bring their momentum back home to "The Cage" as they take on a resurgent Milwaukee side fresh off their Road victory over the Cincinnati Wolfhounds.

Kansas City Blues D2 at St. Louis Bombers

The D2 side traveled to St. Louis for their first road test of the season against the St. Louis Bombers. Behind a bunch of new college talent including graduates from UMKC, KU, K-State, etc. the D2 side was coming off of 3 wins to start the Spring season and had won their first league match the week before over the Omaha G.O.A.T.S. The Bombers were undefeated in league play and sitting in first place so it was going to be a big test for this young team.

The match started off poorly with the Blues flyhalf, Connor Burke, immediately getting sent off with a yellow card for a high tackle. After falling behind 21-5 by halftime the young team re-grouped and fought hard in the second half. In wet and sloppy conditions the Blues struggled to play the wide and fast style they prefer but fullback Kyle Smith still managed to have a standout match setting up fresh face UMKC graduate, Evan Ernstman for 2 of his 3 tries. Evan earned man of the match with all three of his hat trick scores coming from 30+ meters out. Evan is a very exciting player with only about a year of rugby experience so far so we are very exciting to see him continue to progress moving forward. In the pack, another UMKC grad (and former Junior Blue), Caleb Concannon played a standout game as well with great forward as a ball carrier, stellar throws in the lineouts and some hard nosed defense.

In the end though, the perennial D2 National Playoff team proved too much for the young Blues side with a final score of 36-17. The boys will look to rebound against cross town rivals, KCRFC ("City") this saturday at Swope Park at 4pm following the 2pm D1 match against Milwaukee.


03.18.17 - Highlights - Kansas City Blues 1st VX's vs Cincinnati. D2 vs. Omaha Goats

 


02.18.17 - Save the date for February 18th, 2016 and plan to help us celebrate another successful year of KC Blues Rugby!

Please plan to join us for the Kansas City Blues Annual Awards Banquet and Hall of Fame Induction on February 18th, 2017 at Grand Street Café, on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, MO.

A catered meal, open bar, music, and elegant setting will ensure that all attendees have a wonderful time celebrating an exciting year for the Club!

 


12.05.17 - Order your copy of the Kansas City Blues 50th Anniversary Vol. 1

Order your copy of the Kansas City Blues 50th Anniversary documentary, Volume 1. Litmited quantity available.

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