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Season Suspended until April 5th

Due to the potential dangers of the COVID-19 Virus, D1A rugby has taken precautions by suspending the Men’s Division IA regular season until April 5th. The 2020 playoffs and championships have also been cancelled. D1A rugby will reevaluate the suspension of rugby events and make an additional statement in early April. We apologize for any inconvenience these actions may have caused. We sincerely appreciate the BYU community's support of our team! We will be back in the Fall. Go COUGARS!

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BYU Suffers Tough Loss to CWU

2/29/2020

ELLENSBURG, WA— On Saturday, BYU traveled to the Pacific Northwest to face a tough Central Washington team. It proved to be a physical match for the Cougars and resulted in the program’s first-ever loss to the Wildcats. After giving up 17 points to CWU early in the first half, BYU put up its only points of the game in the 38th minute with a try by Braden Pape. 

Central Washington held the Cougars scoreless throughout the second half, finishing the game with a final score of 51-7. 

The Cougars return to Provo for a bye week before squaring off in an anticipated rematch and season home opener against St. Mary’s on March 14. 

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Up Next: BYU vs. St. Mary’s 

B-side: Friday, March 13th at 7 PM @ Helaman Field

A-Side: Saturday, March 14th at 12 PM @ South Field 

 

BYU team vs CWU

Mckay Johnson, 2. Gabe Mahuinga, 3. David Nonu, 4. Josh Harden, 5. James Mocke, 6. Carter Beck, 7. Tosh Wilcox, 8. Braden Pape, 9. Dylan Parry, 10. Ezias Bigelow, 11. Coleman Meier, 12. Seen Tarawhiti, 13. Jacob Mckay, 14. Sam Roberts, 15. Connor Parry, 16. Dawson McCrea, 17. Mahonri Anitema, 18. Spencer Ika, 19. A.J. Lolohea, 20. Jacob Littlefield, 21. Enzo Martinez, 22. Brittain Hale, 23. Alma Shoenfeld

BYU Dominates Weber State Wildcats

2/22/2020

OGDEN, UTAH - The Cougars came out on fire and defeated the Weber State Wildcats 74-0 at Spence Eccles Ogden Community Sports Complex on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore prop, Spencer Ika, described the team’s mindset going into the game, “We played with a chip on our shoulder like we needed to prove something to ourselves.” The Cougars definitely proved their ability to score, putting up 47 points in the first half alone.  

Freshman, Gabriel Mahuniga helped set the tone for the team with strong runs in the middle of the field which created space for the backs. BYU’s newest wing, Brittain Hale, wasted no time getting on the scoreboard and scored 2 tries within 10 minutes in his BYU rugby debut. 

The Cougars defensive pressure was also a force to be reckoned as they continually caused Weber State to lose possession.

Overall, the Cougars controlled the game offensively and defensively and worked together as a team to win.

Senior A.J. Lolohea said after the game “You could tell that both teams came to play by how physical the game started, which always makes the game fun.”

Up Next: The Cougars will take on Saint Mary’s on March 13th and 14th in Provo, Utah. 

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Go Cougars!

Final Score - BYU 74, Weber State 0

Close Match with Tough Saint Mary’s Team

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2/15/2020

MORAGA, CA -- The meeting between two Division I powerhouses on Saturday proved to be everything a spectator hopes for in a rugby match; physical, fast and exciting from start to finish. BYU held the lead for most of the match against the Saint Mary’s Gaels, but fell short on the last play of the game and lost by a score of 24-25. 

Play started aggressively from both squads with near tries from both sides, but BYU put points up first when senior James Mocke broke the line with 31 minutes remaining in the first half. The Cougars maintained this lead until the final 2 minutes before the half when the Gael’s scored and went up 14-15.

BYU regained its lead after halftime, and held on to it until the final play of the game when a tremendous Saint Mary’s push was enough to score a try, which put the Gaels up 25-24 with no time left to play. 

This tough matchup ended in a loss for the Cougars, but provided a valuable learning experience for the BYU squad who will prepare to meet Saint Mary’s again in Provo for their Spring home opener. 

Next Game: BYU @ Weber State - Saturday, February 22nd at 1:00 p.m.

Follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the announcement of the match-day roster later this week.

Go Cougars!

 

Scoring Summary -  

Tries - Mocke (9’),  McKay (22’, 54’), SMU  (19’, 30’, 35’, 65’, 78’)

Conversions -  Martinez (8’, 24’, 55’) 

Penalty Kick- Martinez (76’)

Halftime Score - BYU 14, SMU 15

Final Score - BYU 24, SMU 25

Big Wins In Texas

1/24/2020

COLLEGE STATION, TX - BYU won big in Texas in its 2020 season debut. The Cougars beat the Texas A&M Aggies on Friday night 73-8. Not even 24 hours later, BYU played on Burr field in Austin and scored 95 points against the University of Texas Longhorns. BYU’s dominant performance was nothing short of impressive. Senior full-back Connor Parry was grateful for the team’s strong start, “It was the perfect weekend to see where we are at and learn how we can improve as we head into the rest of our season.”

Senior James Mocke described the game as a “great opportunity to gel together as a team and shake the rust off the boots.” The team came out excited and played with high intensity for the first game. BYU scored as they moved the ball into space and utilized the backline. 

BYU did not let up as they kicked-off against the Longhorns on Saturday afternoon. The Cougars were relentless in finding the try-zone. Throughout the match BYU was able to try new combinations with new players. Mocke was excited about the new talent on the team, “they got a good chance to put up their hands and show they want a spot on the roster.” Starting sophomore and prop McKay Johnson established a strong presence during the scrums and rucks. Following the match he highlighted the team success, “we controlled the ball in every phase and we didn’t let up until the final whistle.”

Up Next: The Cougars will take on St. Mary’s on February 15th in Moraga, California. 

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Go Cougars!

Final Score - BYU 73, Texas A&M 8

Final Score - BYU 95, University of Texas 0

BYU team vs Texas A&M and University of Texas  

BYU Takes Rocky Mountain Conference Championship

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11/16/2019

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - BYU traveled to New Mexico to play the Lobos for their last match of the Fall conference season. The Cougars were 6-0 with aspirations to end the season undefeated. BYU dominated both offensively and defensively and finished the first half of the match leading 73-0. In total, the Cougars scored 19 tries and made 13 conversions against the Lobos.

BYU was named Rocky Mountain Conference Champion for the 2019 Fall season for the second year in a row and finished 7-0. They demonstrated their offensive power by averaging 88 points per match. The Cougars lock-down defense only allowed 7 opponent tries in 7 matches. 

Winning the conference championship gives BYU an automatic bid to the playoffs in April. This is the Cougar's second conference title in two years with new head coach Steve St. Pierre. The Cougars have a bright future and are looking forward to games starting in 2020. 

Follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the announcement of next year’s schedule.

Go Cougars!

Scoring Summary -

Verla Challenge Cup Binds the Cross-Town Rivals

Nov 8, 2019

PROVO, UT

The BYU Cougars faced neighboring UVU Wolverines in an exciting match up on Helaman Field. This BYU vs UVU contest, formerly known as the “Cross-town Rivalry” took on a more honorable title as the Cougars and Wolverines decided to re-name their annual match-up as the “Verla Smyth Challenge Cup”. This is in the highest honor and regard for Mrs. Verla Smyth who passed away on November 1, 2019, and is the wife of 30-year BYU men’s head coach David Smyth. After an extensive and successful coaching career at BYU, Coach David Smyth then moved his coaching talents to UVU for one year before heading to SVU to lead the rugby program there. Verla remained loyal and ever-so supportive of rugby. Her lasting impact and impression on the rugby programs and community at BYU will be indefinite. Each year that the BYU Cougars and UVU Wolverines match-up, they will compete to house the “Verla Smyth Challenge Cup” for that year.

GAME RECAP

The Cougars took an early lead in the first 2 minutes of play with a try from a resilient maul. After back and forth possession between BYU and UVU, Cougar scrum half Dylan Parry scored a try in the 11th minute of play. After some resistance from UVU defense, wing Sam Roberts broke away down the sideline to score a try in the 20th minute of play.

UVU found kicking space behind BYU’s defense, resulting in a try.

Both the backs and forwards were forces to be reckoned with as they drove consistent tries for the remainder of the half. The score at halftime resulted in 38 – 5 favoring the Cougars.

For the remainder of the match BYU kept driving the ball down the field, maintaining dominance and possession.

The Cougars claimed the victory and will be taking home the “Verla Smyth Challenge Cup” as they defeat the Wolverines with a final score of 85 – 5

Cougars Remain Undefeated After Win Against Wyoming

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10/26/2019

PROVO, UT - On Saturday, Oct. 26th, BYU played a mixed A and B roster against the University of Wyoming. Nine players made the starting 15 for the first time. BYU was expected to play well defensively because they have only allowed four opponent tries in the last five matches.

At kick-off, number 14, Matthew Myers, broke through the Wyoming defensive line and passed the ball out to number 11, Michael Buriek, who scored in the 2nd minute of the game. Connor Parry made the conversion to follow. The Cowboys struggled early defensively and received a yellow card in the 8th minute for a dangerous tackle. 

BYU continued to keep Wyoming on their toes, as number 13, Noah Uluave, scored off a crisp pass from inside center, Seen Tarawhiti. The Cougars went up 14-0 within the first 10 minutes of the game. Both teams were scoreless for the next 17 minutes. Number 6, Lono Kanongata’a broke the scoring drought in style, when he flipped over the ball scoring the try after finding a gap in Wyoming’s defensive line. 

Kanongata’a continued to attack offensively when he returned the ball off the kick-off and broke through a few tackles. He charged all the way to the Wyoming 22-meter line. He quickly popped the ball off to scrum-half, Alma Schoenfeld, who ran the ball in under the posts. Parry’s conversion was good, which put the Cougars up 28-0.BYU’s defense was just as dominating as its offense. Number 5, Chris Payne, forced a Wyoming knock-on close to the 5-meter line which allowed Buriek to score for the second time in the match. 

BYU’s forwards dominated and consistently advanced the ball up the field. The player’s offensive power sucked in the Wyoming defense, which allowed the backs to take advantage of the space outside. Tarawhiti, scored in the 38th minute after a pass from Uluave.

BYU Takes Down Aggies

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10/18/2019

PROVO, UT - On Friday, Oct. 18th, BYU took on the Utah State Aggies under the lights of Helaman field. In a landslide victory, the Cougars demonstrated a highly physical and explosive level of play that was unmatched by the Aggies. 

In the first minute, Braden Pape picked up the ball from the scrum and set up number 9, Dylan Parry, for a try. Later, forward, Ethan Johnson, took the ball in to score off a maul at the three-meter line. The Cougars were up 12-0, just minutes into the first half. Wing number 14, Sam Roberts, scored soon after Johnson. Dylan Parry attacked the open space and managed to score three tries within the first 15 minutes of the match. 

BYU continued to find gaps in the USU defensive line. Number 2, Ethan Johnson,  scored a total of four tries in the first 35 minutes and Bigelow made 11 conversions in the first half. BYU showcased a team effort and Tarawhiti took the ball in for the final try of the half which put the Cougars up 87-0. 

Half time score 87-0

BYU started the second half with just as much energy as the first. Center, Jacob McKay, scored within the first minute of the half. Minutes later, number 5, Alex King, found the try zone after a great run by number 19 Jacob Littlefield. 

The BYU backs were dynamic and continued to gain meters on every run. Braden Pape turned on the wheels and split past the USU line scoring towards the end of the half.  Overall, Connor Parry made a total of 10 conversions in the second half. At the end of the match, 12 BYU players were able to score 25 tries. The Cougars played a perfect defensive game shutting out the Aggies, 167-0. 

 

The Cougars are undefeated and are preparing to take on Wyoming at home on Saturday, October 26th. 

Cougars Conquer Airforce

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10/12/2019

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - On Saturday, Oct. 12th, BYU traveled to Colorado Springs to play Air Force Academy. Last Fall when BYU hosted Air Force in the semi-finals of the Rocky Mountain Conference they won 110-0. This year they once again came away with the victory.

To start the game, the Cougars kicked off to AF. BYU’s immediate defensive pressure forced AF to clear the ball. Tosh Wilcox broke the AF defensive line early which set up number 11, Sam Roberts, to score in the 3rd minute.  Braden Pape demonstrated pure tenacity when he stripped an AF forward and took the ball all the way to the one-meter line which allowed scrum-half, Dylan Parry, to score. Bigelow’s conversion was good which put the Cougars up 12-0.

The BYU backs continued to move the ball easily across the field and the AF defensive line could not keep up. The BYU backline was relentless and center, Jacob Mckay, scored in the 19th. 

The BYU forwards got in on the action with some defensive pressure led by Tosh Wilcox who stole the AF lineout. After BYU gained possession, Meier made a great run and offloaded to Connor Parry for his second try of the match. 

Shortly after, BYU had a lineout close to the 5 meter-line which set up number 4, Josh Harden, for the try. BYU found gaps in the Airforce defensive line and BYU forward Braden Pape scored in the 34th minute. Bigelow made the conversion putting the Cougars up 41-0. AF took advantage of a BYU penalty in the 41st and their fly-half number 10 beat several BYU defenders to score. 

Half time score 41-7

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