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BYU defeats CSU, Wins Rocky Mtn. Conference Championship

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11/17/18

Provo, UT – The BYU Men's Rugby team hosted the Colorado State Rams in the final of the Rocky Mountain Rugby Conference on November 17th at South Field and came away with a 96-6 victory. With the victory, BYU receives an automatic bid in the D1A Rugby play-offs in the spring.

On the day, BYU ran in a total of 14 tries with ten Cougars crossing the try line. The scoring began two minutes into the contest with lock James Mocke scoring on a tight run off the ruck. Mocke added another try seven minutes later on an inside pass from scrumhalf Kingston Matua. The CSU defense was eager to stop the BYU forwards and over pursued leaving the channel next to the ruck open. Mocke ran a hard line, received the pass and, after a strong 20-meter run, carried two Ram defenders into the try zone.

The tough sideline conversion was pushed just to the left by center Calvin Whiting, but that would be the only blemish on Whiting’s kicking record as he and reserve back Ezias Bigelow combined to convert 13 of 14 BYU tries. Whiting also added his third try of the fall season and led all Cougar scorers with 29 points on the day.

On the ensuing kick-off, the Rams pinned the Cougars deep in the BYU end of the field. CSU threatened to score for the next five minutes and their constant pressure was rewarded as BYU was called for not rolling away in the tackle. CSU opted to go for the penalty kick. The kick was good which put the score at 19-3.

BYU defeats Air Force 110 to 0 in conference semifinal

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11/10/2018

Provo, UT - BYU hosted Air Force on Saturday in the semi-finals of the Rocky Mountain Conference. The Cougars ran in 18 tries on their way to a 110-0 victory.

The Cougars came out with a desire to exploit their advantage in the set piece. This was evidenced early when Air Force was penalized in the second minute of the match, and BYU opted to kick the ball into touch to set up a mauling opportunity. The lineout was won by eight-man Kevin Sorenson and the BYU forward pack mauled the ball over the line where flanker and vice-captain Tosh Wilcox subsequently scored the team’s first try.

The scoring was evenly mixed between forwards and backs throughout the game. BYU’s dominance in the forwards allowed the BYU backs to showcase their speed and attacking prowess out wide. This interplay between the forwards and backs was on display in the 12th minute of the match when lock James Mocke stole an Air Force lineout near mid-field. The BYU backs immediately passed the ball wide to put Air Force under pressure. The BYU forwards then ran a few tight phases to allow the backs to reorganize, then the ball was swung wide again and wing Ben Webber was able to touch down in the corner for the fourth try of the game.

The Cougars proceeded to score a total of ten tries in the first half and went into halftime with a season high lead of 62-0.

BYU wins home opener over Utah State

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10/25/2018

Provo, Utah – The BYU Cougars hosted the Utah State University Aggies on Thursday night in front of a spirited home crowd. It was the home opener for the Cougars and they showed well as a team cruising to an 80 to 3 victory at Helaman Field.

Utah State was very physical from the start and caused issues for BYU in loose play. The Cougars, perhaps a bit too eager playing in front of their home crowd for the first time this season, were sloppy in the first half and gave Utah State multiple opportunities to score. The Cougars uncharacteristically made multiple handling errors as they attempted to go for the highlight reel pass instead of patiently working through the phases and the offensive pattern that the coaching staff has installed. “For a lot of our players it was their first time playing at home in front of our great fans. They got outside of themselves a bit at the beginning of the game because of that but it was great to see them settle down and improve over the course of the match.”

BYU wins second game of Fall season

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10/13/2018

Logan, Utah – The BYU Men’s Rugby team traveled north to Logan to play Utah State University on Saturday. The long travel day did not negatively affect the Cougars’ performance as they rolled to a 71-8 victory over an improving Utah State team.

The starting XV had some notable absences (lock James Mocke and flanker and vice-captain Tosh Wilcox both sat out due to minor ankle injuries) and one notable addition in senior center and USA Eagle Calvin Whiting who made his first appearance for BYU this season. It would prove to be a great day for Whiting as he scored two tries for the Cougars. He was able to showcase his punishing running style in the 17th minute of the match as he bowled over the Utah State fullback for his first try of the year. Whiting was very excited to be able to take the field again for BYU. “It felt awesome to be back out on the field with the boys again. It has been a good month of forming a solid foundation for us to build on. I’m really happy with the performance the team put on and felt that we did really well in playing selfless rugby.”

Senior lock Josh Harden and senior flanker Tyler Sorenson made their first starts of the season in place of Mocke and Wilcox respectively. Unfortunately, Sorenson’s day was cut short with a knee injury in the 20th minute of the first half. Tyler is doing well and will get x-rays and an MRI this week to determine the extent of the injury.

BYU starts Fall season with 113-0 victory vs Wyoming

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10/6/2018

Laramie, Wyoming – The BYU Cougars began their 2018-19 schedule with a convincing 113-0 victory versus the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming.

The Cougars got their first score of the season in the fifth minute by junior wing Coleman Meier. The scoring did not let up from there as the Cougars proceeded to notch 17 tries on the day with the final try coming on the last play of the game as senior wing Porter Thomas burst through the Cowboys defense to score.

The match-day squad featured many veterans, but also had a strong mix of new players. Three of the starting fifteen were true freshman – Ben Austin (lock), Cole Semu (inside center), and Isaiah Taliulu (outside center). In addition, David Nonu (hooker), Josh Stott (reserve prop), Josh Harden (reserve lock), Dylan Parry (reserve scrumhalf), Ezias Bigelow (reserve flyhalf), and Joe Palazzo (reserve lock) made their BYU debuts for a total of nine debutants in the match-day roster. Of the debutants, Ben Austin, Isaiah Taliulu, and Joe Palazzo scored their first BYU tries.

Despite the relative youth of the squad, the majority of the scoring came from BYU veterans with Coleman Meier (wing), Seen Tarawhiti (flanker), Mike Payne (prop), and Porter Thomas (reserve wing) scoring twice each. BYU kickers were on point on Saturday as well as they went a combined 14 for 17 on conversion kicks (Connor Parry 10 for 13, Ezias Bigelow 4 for 4).

BYU tops Grand Canyon in St. George Match

SAINT GEORGE, UT- On a sunny Saturday afternoon, BYU Men’s Rugby opened the 2018 season at Snow Canyon High School with a 53-22 win against Phoenix based Grand Canyon University. GCU came into the match as a ranked team after coming off a road win over San Diego State.  

 

BYU jumped out ahead 19-0 early after tries from Tua Laei and Tosh Wilcox. The Antelopes got on the board not too long later with a try to cut the Cougar lead down to 14. After a successful BYU kick for points and traded tries from BYU’s Zach Webber and Grand Canyon, BYU headed into halftime with a 29-12 lead.

 

The second half began with both squads exchanging scores, which included a try from BYU’s Sam Merrill. BYU then put up three unanswered tries, two from Nalu Shortland and another by Tosh Wilcox to seal up the Cougar victory.

 

“Overall it was a satisfactory effort for a first run. We got some good work done today.” added BYU Head Coach David Smyth. “Additionally, this team learned what areas of needed improvement are there. That’s a good thing, and we’ll stay busy at practice. With only four starters from last year’s team taking the field today, there were questions to be answered. I was pleased with response we got from the boys. On we go!”

 

Six different Cougars scored on tries today. Nalu Shortland and Connor Perry shared the kicking duties for BYU throughout the game.

 

BYU will have the next week off before heading on the road to Colorado the next week. They will face the Colorado Buffaloes on Thursday, Feb. 8 in Boulder then the Colorado State Rams in Fort Collins on Saturday, Feb. 10.

 

 

 

BYU tops Grand Canyon in St. George Match

SAINT GEORGE, UT- On a sunny Saturday afternoon, BYU Men’s Rugby opened the 2018 season at Snow Canyon High School with a 53-22 win against Phoenix based Grand Canyon University. GCU came into the match as a ranked team after coming off a road win over San Diego State.  

 

BYU jumped out ahead 19-0 early after tries from Tua Laei and Tosh Wilcox. The Antelopes got on the board not too long later with a try to cut the Cougar lead down to 14. After a successful BYU kick for points and traded tries from BYU’s Zach Webber and Grand Canyon, BYU headed into halftime with a 29-12 lead.

 

The second half began with both squads exchanging scores, which included a try from BYU’s Sam Merrill. BYU then put up three unanswered tries, two from Nalu Shortland and another by Tosh Wilcox to seal up the Cougar victory.

 

“Overall it was a satisfactory effort for a first run. We got some good work done today.” added BYU Head Coach David Smyth. “Additionally, this team learned what areas of needed improvement are there. That’s a good thing, and we’ll stay busy at practice. With only four starters from last year’s team taking the field today, there were questions to be answered. I was pleased with response we got from the boys. On we go!”

 

Six different Cougars scored on tries today. Nalu Shortland and Connor Perry shared the kicking duties for BYU throughout the game.

 

BYU will have the next week off before heading on the road to Colorado the next week. They will face the Colorado Buffaloes on Thursday, Feb. 8 in Boulder then the Colorado State Rams in Fort Collins on Saturday, Feb. 10.

 

 

 

BYU Releases 2018 Schedule

BYU opens the 2018 season with a road match vs Phoenix based Grand Canyon University in St. George on January 27.

From there the team will travel to Colorado, taking on CU Boulder on February 8 for a midweek match and Colorado State on February 10. Then its onto Saint Mary’s for the 1st stage of the annual Gaels/Cougar home and home series, slotted to play in Walnut Creek on February 17 then back in Provo in March.

 

BYU will be hosted by UVU on February 24 and will open their 2018 home games with Saint Mary’s on March 10 at BYU

 

BYU will also play host to Central Washington on March 17 and San Diego State on March 24.

 

With the Wasatch Cup back on the schedule BYU will play at Utah for a Friday night match on March 30. To finish off the regular season BYU will travel to Ellensburg, Washington to play Central Washington on April 7.

 

Follow along on Twitter @BYURugby for any updates

BYU Releases 2018 Schedule

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BYU opens the 2018 season with a road match vs Phoenix based Grand Canyon University in St. George on January 27.

From there the team will travel to Colorado, taking on CU Boulder on February 8 for a midweek match and Colorado State on February 10. Then its onto Saint Mary’s for the 1st stage of the annual Gaels/Cougar home and home series, slotted to play in Walnut Creek on February 17 then back in Provo in March.

 

BYU will be hosted by UVU on February 24 and will open their 2018 home games with Saint Mary’s on March 10 at BYU

 

BYU will also play host to Central Washington on March 17 and San Diego State on March 24.

 

With the Wasatch Cup back on the schedule BYU will play at Utah for a Friday night match on March 30. To finish off the regular season BYU will travel to Ellensburg, Washington to play Central Washington on April 7.

 

Follow along on Twitter @BYURugby for any updates

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