BYU Beats Bruins Big to Advance to Semis

May 5, 2012 by  
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BYU center Seki Kofe scores his first half try.

Provo, UT–The BYU Cougars scored a season-high 103 points, but allowed a season-high of 27 points on their way to victory over the UCLA Bruins today on South Field.

The win marks the 15th straight for BYU and gives the Cougars their 8th straight semi-final appearance where they will travel to Marietta, GA and take on the Life University Running Eagles next Saturday, May 12th.

BYU’s 15th win came with 15 tries via 11 different players and with BYU scrum half Shaun Davies only missing 4 of 16 attempts at goal, the Cougars controlled the scoreboard from the 1st minute of the game.

Davies’ first shot at goal came right from the opening kick-off as UCLA was penalized for shepharding only 30 meters out. The BYU scrum half was good and BYU took a 3-0 lead.

Another UCLA penalty, this time for being offsides, led to Davies’ second penalty goal in the 6th minute.

BYU would garner more possession and territory leading to the four successives tries by flanker Hynie Leaaetoa, Davies, wing Jeff Ott and flanker Kumi Tua’one.

Following the Tua’one try and restart miscue from BYU led to a UCLA lineout meters from the BYU goal line. And after a deft series of passes UCLA would find the end zone for their first try of the game.

BYU would close out the first half with tries from prop Ray Forrester and center Seki Kofe after BYU turned a UCLA scrum over. At the half BYU would lead confidently 51-7.

The second half saw a resurgent UCLA team cause some havoc to the BYU defense with three tries in the 43rd, 56th and 61st minutes.

Working from BYU turn overs or in counter-attack the Bruins backs matched BYU try-for-try in the second half until the final quarter when the Cougars regained their stride and scored a final tally of five tries.

BYU capped a confident quarterfinal play-off win with the 103-24 scoreline.

The win moves BYU on in the post-season to face Life University in the semi-finals in Marietta, GA on May 12th. Kick-off is set for 12pm ET and will be webcast live on

Commenting on his team’s win over UCLA BYU head coach said his team performed well, but will face a very different foe next week.

“We did well,” BYU’s head coach David Smyth said, “And played solid in attack. UCLA really has some good athletes and did well when their opportunities came. Life will present some tough issues for us defensively, so we’ll have to make sure we’re on our game.”

For more details on the Cougars’ post-season preparations and plans follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

BYU 1st XV vs. Colorado University

  1. Mikey Su’a
  2. Ishmael Tilialo (Chad Harker @ 50′)
  3. Ray Forrester (Joey Mount @ 60′)
  4. TJ Allred
  5. Kyle Sumsion (Mark Bonham @ 50′)
  6. Kumi Tua’one (Braden Bair @ 43′)
  7. Hynie Leaaetoa
  8. Ryan Roundy ©
  9. Shaun Davies
  10. Dylan Lubbe
  11. Malosi Te’o
  12. Seki Kofe (Chris Wernli @ 55′)
  13. Tua Leai
  14. Jeff Ott (Austin Allred @ 40′)
  15. Jordan Lowry (Will Taylor @ 40′)

BYU 103
Tries: Davies 11′, 19′; Leaaetoa 16′; Ott 22′; Tua’one 25′; Forrester 34′, 48′; Kofe 37′; Leai 55′, 57′; Taylor 63′, 78′; Te’o 72′; Bair 74′; Roundy 76′
Conversions: Davies 11/15 (11′, 16′, 19′, 22′, 34′, 48′, 55′, 63′, 72′, 74′, 76′)
Penalties: Davies 2/2 (1′, 6′)

Tries: UCLA 28′, 43′, 56′, 61′
Conversions: UCLA 2/4 (28′, 61′)

Referee: Aruna Ranaweera
Official Attendance: 1,889


10 Responses to “BYU Beats Bruins Big to Advance to Semis”
  1. Sapati says:

    If BYU was undefeated,why must they travel to GA,Life U?Why did not stay in Provo?Is LU better than BYU in that regard?Thank you

  2. Paul Meyers says:

    In response to vociferous complaints by Eastern teams the USARugby decided to rotate the “playoff priority”, thus the Mid-South and Pacific have priority for the Semifinals this year. Next year, if BYU should emerge as the Western Conference champion, they would host the Semifinals, along with the East Conference.

  3. SteveM says:

    Good question, Sapati. BYU is ranked #1 by everyone, so obviously they don’t assign the home team according to ranking. All I can figure is that they do it according to the number of points earned during division play. Since Life had 8 divisional games where BYU had 7, Life earned a couple of more points. I think that is what gave them the home field.

    Doesn’t seem like an equitable way to determine the home team when they don’t have the same opportunity at points (7 games vs 8). But no matter. The boys will take it to them at either place. I’m confident they will come away with the victory. Just wish we could have been able to see it in person.


  4. Nathaniel Maughan says:

    103-24? Here’s the problem. Life won’t let you score 103 and if UCLA can score 24 then Life can score a lot more than that….. Gotta play some good solid defense next week…

  5. Mike says:

    Any game info on the game this Saturday? I live in Georgia and am thinking about showing up.

    • Bo Finau says:

      Show up.. this should be the CHAMPIONSHIP GAME…. I’ve seen both teams play in Utah and in Vegas…This will be a show-down…Life won their game 75 – 3 over Penn State to face BYU….and BYU’s win of 103 -21 over UCLA should be an indicator for the intensity of the game…

      • Sapati says:

        That would be a good game.Is Life stands for Lafayet?Or however you spell it the real name of the school.Is that the same school that beats Utah 7s in Vegas last Feb?Thank you.Go Kuka,s hahahah.Gougers .

  6. PapaG says:

    What has happened to lasike?

    • darkbull says:

      I talked with him on the sidelines. Non-rugby issues kept him out of practice this week (don’t know if it was academics or football), so he was in street clothes on the sideline. No reason to think he won’t be suiting up for the Life game.

  7. Bo Finau says:

    Life is also undefeated and should be the best match in this tournament setup. Should be a real close and exciting test. I live in Atlanta and i went to school in Utah and this team will be the best team that BYU has faced all year..


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