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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

BYU RUGBY TRAVELS TO MORAGA, CA TO TAKE ON ST MARY'S

After a strong start to the season by both teams BYU and Saint Mary’s are set to face off today in Moraga, CA, which will be streamed live, starting at 2 PM MST.

With BYU coming off a loss to Men’s Pro Team the Glendale Raptors they are sure to make the competition fierce as they lace up their boots to take on the Gaels. With their respective home and home series being some of the best collegiate rugby in the country in recent years’ today’s game should come up just as exciting and skilled as it has in the past.

Since each team winning their home match in 2014, BYU has come away victorious every time since. Outside of last year’s overwhelming victory of 60-15 at South Field all other games were decided by 9 points or less.

“Saint Mary’s are always a formidable opponent; we have a lot of respect for their program starting with their coaches through to their players,” BYU Head Coach David Smyth commented. “I think we share a philosophy of playing an entertaining style of rugby by putting the ball into space, playing with width, working to get all 15 players involved in the game.”

One thing is for certain, with two of the best teams in the country set to face each other today the fans will be in for some good rugby and a glimpse of what the playoff rounds may hold.

The live stream for the match can be found at the link below:

http://www.smcgaels.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=21400&ATCLID=209842488

BYU RUGBY TRAVELS TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TO FACE TWO TOUGH OPPONENTS AS THEY OPEN THE 2017 SEASON

 

BYU RUGBY TRAVELS TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TO FACE TWO TOUGH OPPONENTS AS THEY OPEN THE 2017 SEASON

 

The BYU Rugby team will travel to Southern California for games against the Mustangs of Cal Poly and the San Diego State Aztecs

"We have an exciting weekend ahead of us as we take on a couple of talented teams from the California D1-A conference, it will be a stern test straight out of the gate," said BYU rugby head coach David Smyth. "We’ve been working hard in training, and the boys are excited to get back on the rugby field in a competitive environment."

The BYU Cougars return many of the starters from last year’s team and will be led by returning captain, Senior Ara Elkington. The Cougars will count on other returning players to help lead the team, particularly their two four-time All-American brothers, Jared and Josh Whippy. Other returning players of note include hooker Alex Vorster, USA national team member Matt Jensen playing at lock, No 8 Jackson Kaka, the center pairing of Zach Webber and Calvin Whiting who will be joined in the back line by wings Tua Laei and Kevin Schofield.

“We’ll have some experience on the field this season, that should help us” said Elkington. “The boys are ready to get after it; we’re just really looking forward to playing rugby again”.

Missing from the sidelines this weekend, for the first time in a very long time will be BYU’s forward coach, Wayne Tarawhiti, as he continues his battle with cancer. “It will be strange not to have him there with us”, said head coach Smyth. “But he’ll be there in spirit and the boys will be playing for him, they’ve dedicated this season to him, so we’ll work hard to honor him in all that we do this year”!

 

Game schedule Southern California tour:

January 26

  • vs Cal Poly reserves at 6:15 p.m.
  • vs Cal Poly at 7:30 p.m.

January 28

BYU Rugby Releases 2017 Schedule

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Provo, UT—The BYU Rugby team today released its 2017 schedule, which includes a home and away series with the top men’s team in the country, the Glendale Raptors. The Cougars will continue their home and away series with Saint Mary’s College as well, which has provided some of most competitive college games in recent years.

 

 “One of our goals as a program here at BYU is to provide an environment where our student-athletes are challenged to develop into good rugby players. I firmly believe that this schedule offers that opportunity for development.” said BYU head coach David Smyth. “Our regular season competition will be very demanding and will help us improve and mature as we lead up to the postseason.”

 

The Cougars’ season begins with a Southern California road swing starting with a match against the Cal Poly Mustangs in San Luis Obispo on Thursday January 26th. That will be followed with a game in San Diego against the Aztecs of San Diego State.

 

BYU’s next challenge will be in Orem on February 4th when they square off with Utah Valley University. The Cougars will then travel to Glendale, CO to play the Glendale Raptors, Champions of the Pacific Rugby Men’s Premiership on February 11th for the first leg of a home and away fixture against the Raptors.

 

The following week on February 18th, the team will be on the road again to face the formidable St. Mary’s College, the game will be played in Moraga, CA. The Gaels of St. Mary’s will return to Provo, UT for the second leg of the home-and-away series three weeks later.

 

BYU will then travel to Colorado for a two-game series with Colorado in Boulder on February 24th and Air Force in Colorado Springs on the 25th.

 

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