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BYU wins second game of Fall season

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

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).

Regarding the team performance, Team Captain and flyhalf Zach Webber had this to say, “It was a solid start for the season, but there are still a lot of areas where we need to see improvement. We are happy that we won, but we aren’t satisfied yet. We are just getting started and the goal is to polish off the rough edges in the upcoming matches.”

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 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

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