Mega Rugby update: Utes smash UVU; high school rugby season starts

BY HUGH BROWN

UTES DOWN UTAH VALLEY

The Utes put on an offensive show Saturday at McCarthy Field, beating Utah Valley 76-17. The Wolverines were 10-1 and ranked fifth in D-II, but the top of DI-A is a long way from the top of D-II.

Utah came out of the gate hard and fast scoring six tries, the last when Don Pati off loaded to Tonata Lauti, to go ahead 40-0 before Utah Valley got on the board. Pati scored his second try of the match just before the first half ended to make it 47-5 Utes.

The Wolverines never gave up and started the second half with a try to make it 47-10. Both teams added another try to cut the Utes’ lead to 52-17 before Utah exploded to score the final four tries for a 76-17 victory.

The Ute reserves were almost as impressive as they ran their record to 5-1 with a 65-0 thrashing of the Utah Valley B side.

UTAH HOSTS CALIFORNIA SATURDAY

The Utes will host defending college champions California-Berkeley on Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium at 1 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.

The Bears have a 10-1 record that includes victories of the powerful University of British Columbia (13-12) and Stanford (109-0).  Their only loss was to Cal Poly last weekend when Coach Clark decided to play his reserves in order to rest his starters between the British Columbia and Utah matches.

The Golden Bears have outscored their opponents 683-57 and while the Utes have beaten California the last two years in 7’s play, they have never taken a 15’s match. 

HIGH SCHOOL RUGBY

Snow Canyon High School held its Fifth Annual Warm-Up Tournament this past weekend in St. George.

The format invites teams from outside of Southern Utah and affords them a chance to play clubs they do not usually face. This year six high school and U-19 clubs participated:  Snow Canyon, Red Mountain (Mesa, Ariz.), Orca (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), United (Orem), Lowland (Salt Lake City), and Trybe (formerly defending national champion Highland and now coached by Haloti Liavaa).

Host Snow Canyon defeated Orca 46-0 and Lowland 36-15, and tied Red Mountain 17-17. The latter was no easy feat as the Arizona side was huge, undefeated, and had beaten Trybe 19-15 the day before. Red Mountain also downed a side of combined Snow Canyon/United reserves 24-0. United defeated Lowland 19-5 and Orca 24-5, but lost to Trybe 15-7. Orca downed Lowland 31-7.

OTHER SCORES
DI-A –
UCLA 27, UC-Davis 5
Arkansas State 99, Notre Dame 0
Texas
A&M 85, Oklahoma 0
Other
BYU 38, Denver Barbarians 25
Cal Poly 22, California 20
*(note: Cal played their reserves but counts the match in the team’s record)
UC Santa Barbara 76, Southern Cal 6
Oregon State 49, Western Washington 0
Chico State 43, Santa Clara 42
Sacramento State 23, Stanford 22
San Diego 42, UC Irvine 27
Tennessee 56, Alabama 0
Clemson 100, Georgia Tech 0
Florida 49, Kentucky 0

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