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BYU Cougars finish 58-27 over CWU Wildcats at South Field on March 5

Provo, UT- The Central Washington Wildcats proved to be a resilient, physical opponent as the Brigham Young University Cougars battled for a challenging 58-27 win at BYU's South Field on Saturday, March 5, 2016.

"We expected a tough game from Central Washington which we handled well," said BYU rugby head coach David Smyth. "We did well in our set pieces and continuity game in the first half. We finished the first half better than we have in the last two games."

The Cougars had to overcome a rough start as the Wildcats made to penalty kicks in a row within the first five minutes of play putting the Wildcats up by six points. It wasn't till the 8th minute of the match that the Cougars got on the score board thanks to a try from BYU sophomore winger Kevin Schofield. BYU sophomore center Calvin Whiting's conversion was no good allowing the Wildcats to keep their 6-5 lead.

BYU scored its second try of the match as junior fullback Ryan Blaser scored a try off a Jared Whippy assist. Whiting's conversion was good giving the Cougars a 12-6 lead in the 11th minute. Eight minutes later, Whiting capitalized on a CWU penalty adding another three points to the score board for BYU increasing BYU's lead to 15-6. Despite being awarded another penalty kick in the twenty 23rd minute, Whiting missed. Two minutes later, CWU missed its penalty kick due to a Cougar infringement. 

After a consistent attacking phase by the Cougars, BYU's Jonny Layne fought his way to a try after being lifted off his feet by a CWU defender in the 27th minute. Whiting's conversion changed the score to 22-6 in BYU's favor. Five minutes later, BYU's Ricky T. scored BYU's fourth try of the game. A completed conversion by Whiting increased BYU's lead to 29-6.

Rio Tinto Stadium to Host 2015 Penn Mutual Varsity Cup National Rugby Collegiate Championship on May 2

Salt Lake City, UT - The 2015 Penn Mutual Varsity Cup National Rugby Collegiate Championship will take place at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday, May 2. The Championship is slated for 2:00 p.m. MT and features the winners of the Varsity Cup Semifinals taking place this Saturday. The championship match will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network.

Media looking to cover the event can apply for a media credential using the following link. The application deadline is Tuesday, April 28.

Utah’s own Brigham Young University advanced to the 2015 Penn Mutual Varsity Cup semifinal last weekend, defeating UCLA 45-16, continuing their perfect 12-0 season. The Cougars remain the only college from Utah in the tournament after University of Utah was eliminated for the second consecutive year by Central Washington in a narrow 18-7 loss on April 11.  BYU is next scheduled take on CWU this Saturday, April 18 at 1:00 p.m. MT at South Field in Provo. The match marks the 50th Anniversary of BYU Rugby and will include a flag raising ceremony recognizing the 2014 Championship team.

In the other semi-final pairing, Navy challenges California on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. MT at Witter Rugby Field at University of California Berkeley. Navy got by Clemson 24-23 last weekend while Cal handled Texas 100-7.

The winners from each of Saturday’s semifinal rounds will face off in the 2015 Penn Mutual Varsity Cup Championship at Rio Tinto Stadium on May 2 at 2:00 p.m. MT. An updated Varsity Cup bracket can be found here.

RIO TINTO STADIUM TO HOST 2015 PENN MUTUAL VARSITY CUP NATIONAL RUGBY COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP ON MAY 2

Salt Lake City, UT - The 2015 Penn Mutual Varsity Cup National Rugby Collegiate Championship will take place at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday, May 2. The Championship is slated for 2:00 p.m. MT and features the winners of the Varsity Cup Semifinals taking place this Saturday. The championship match will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network.

Media looking to cover the event can apply for a media credential using the following link. The application deadline is Tuesday, April 28.

Utah’s own Brigham Young University advanced to the 2015 Penn Mutual Varsity Cup semifinal last weekend, defeating UCLA 45-16, continuing their perfect 12-0 season. The Cougars remain the only college from Utah in the tournament after University of Utah was eliminated for the second consecutive year by Central Washington in a narrow 18-7 loss on April 11.  BYU is next scheduled take on CWU this Saturday, April 18 at 1:00 p.m. MT at South Field in Provo. The match marks the 50th Anniversary of BYU Rugby and will include a flag raising ceremony recognizing the 2014 Championship team.

In the other semi-final pairing, Navy challenges California on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. MT at Witter Rugby Field at University of California Berkeley. Navy got by Clemson 24-23 last weekend while Cal handled Texas 100-7.

The winners from each of Saturday’s semifinal rounds will face off in the 2015 Penn Mutual Varsity Cup Championship at Rio Tinto Stadium on May 2 at 2:00 p.m. MT. An updated Varsity Cup bracket can be found here.

BYU plays CWU in the Varsity Cup Semifinals

Provo, UT—The BYU rugby season is quickly coming to an end and the Cougars (12-0) remain undefeated as they head to the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup Semifinals this weekend. The two-day 50th Anniversary Celebration begins on Friday and culminates with the game against Central Washington University on Saturday, April 18 at 1 p.m. MST on BYU’s South Field.

“This has been one of the most exciting seasons we’ve had,” said David Smyth, BYU rugby head coach. “It’s fitting that this year is the 50th anniversary. Everyone involved this semester has given a performance worthy of the team’s great legacy.”

Last week the team played in the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup quarterfinals and defeated University of California, Los Angeles 45–16. Although the UCLA Bruins fought hard, the Cougars’ offense and defense came together in a spectacular showcase of strength and determination.

The win last weekend means the Cougars advance to the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup Semifinals and will play against the CWU Wildcats. CWU is most recently coming from a victory against the University of Utah (18–7) and has won a total of eight out of ten games this season.

On the other half of the bracket of the quarterfinals are the California Golden Bears and the Navy Midshipmen. California put on an offensive exhibition last week beating the Texas Longhorns 100-7. Navy, on the other hand, is going into the quarterfinals following a nail biter against Clemson winning 24-23.

Wayne Tarawhiti, assistant coach for BYU rugby, feels the game against CWU will be a good test for BYU in preparation for the winner of California vs. Navy.

BYU Into 8th Straight Title Game With Win Over CWU

BYU & CWU set to scrum in their Varsity Cup National Championship Semifinal (Courtesy Dave Brinton)
BYU & CWU set to scrum in their Varsity Cup National Championship Semifinal (Courtesy Dave Brinton)

Provo, UT–The BYU Cougars advanced to their 8th straight National Championship game today by beating the Central Washington Wildcats 53-20 on South Field in the semifinals of the Varsity Cup.

BYU had to overcome an early deficit after falling behind by eight points 15-7 in the 22nd minute of the first half.

But 46 unanswered points over the next 50 minutes of the game gave the Cougars the victory.

BYU started the scoring first with junior fullback Will Taylor dotting down in the 6th minute following a junior center Seki Kofe’s midfield linebreak. Freshman flyhalf Jonny Linehan would convert and the Cougars led 7-0.

CWU would respond in kind with a driving maul from 5 meters out that led to lock Sean Wanigasekera’s opening Wildcat try in the 11th minute.

Another series of possession exchanges and a BYU penalty would lead to CWU fullback Alex Reher’s penalty kick 15th minute and a CWU lead of 8-7.

Some errors by both sides followed until CWU flyhalf Max Nawerski split the BYU defense in the midfield that eventually led to Wildcat wing Josh Bower scoring from long distance in the 22nd minute.

A wide angle conversion by CWU’s Reher would push the Wildcats’ lead to 15-7 giving the CWU sideline plenty to cheer about.

The Cougars weren’t deterred however by CWU’s early lead.

BYU Hosts Varsity Cup National Championship Semifinal

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Provo, UT–The defending National Champion BYU rugby team is set to play host to the Central Washington University Wildcats in the Varsity Cup National Collegiate Championship semifinals this Saturday, April 27th at 1pm MT on South Field.

The Cougars and Wildcats are familiar foes with a recent meeting in 2012 where BYU prevailed 76-7. But BYU head coach David Smyth knows this week’s match-up will be a dramatically different affair with CWU.

“CWU is a top-flight team,” Smyth said, “They have some very exciting playmakers and are very hard to defend in the open field. And after seeing some of their film from this year its clear that they’re not the same team from last year.”

CWU advanced to this weekend’s semifinal after beating a strong Air Force Academy team last week at the Varsity Cup Western Super-Regional by the score of 81-28.

And with a 10-1 record on the 2013 season the Wildcats are setting to do something that hasn’t been in Provo by a collegiate team since 2006 and that’s beat the BYU Cougars.

“We have a big challenge ahead on Saturday,” said CWU head coach Tony Pacheco,”The Cougars have an impressive combination of size and speed. We have had a great week of training and are excited for the semi final. South Field is one of the great venues for rugby in America with one of the best home crowds.”

BYU earned the right to host this weekend’s semifinal after beating UCLA at the Varsity Cup Western Super-Regional 69-8 last Saturday.

The Cougars sit at 10-2 on the 2013 season with a 10-0 record against collegiate competition.

Cougars Beat Bruins Advance to Varsity Cup Semis

Los Angeles, CA–The BYU Cougars beat the UCLA Bruins for the second time this season to advance to the semifinals of the Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championships.

BYU ran in 10 tries for with wing Chris Wernli dotting down for a hat-trick of tries and beating the Bruins by the final score of 69-8.

The Bruins and Cougars met in January with BYU winning 84-14 but today’s quarterfinal match-up saw an improved UCLA team, said BYU head coach David Smyth.

“We were a little rusty not having played in three weeks,” Smyth said, “At the start of the game I thought were were just doing enough, UCLA played very well defensively and they contested every phase. [UCLA head coach] Scott Stewart has really done a great job with his guys and they played confidently throughout the game.”

The Cougars took some time to knock off the rust as Smyth said, with a variety of penalties and errors gave UCLA the lions share of field position and possession in the opening 5 minutes of the game.

But a solid sequence in couter attack led to junior flanker Kyle Sumsion scoring the opening try of the game in the 6th minute.

The first half was riddled with BYU errors in an effort to counter UCLA’s stiff defensive pressure at the break down. But the Cougars managed to not only control the majority of the field position, with over sixty-five percent in BYU’s favor, but they also were able to keep the Bruins out of the end goal.