BYU rugby moves to the top of the Western Conference standings after blasting Wyoming

Freshman fullback Tua Laei offloads to center Paul Lasike earlier this season against Air Force. (Photo courtesy of Paul Meyers)

LARAMIE, Wyo — The BYU Cougars crushed the University of Wyoming Cowboys today by the score of 85-10 to move solely into the lead of the Western Conference with four extra-point wins.
The Cougars ran in 13 total tries and converted on 11 of them. BYU freshman fullback Tua Laei and sophomore center Paul Lasike each tallied a hat-trick of tries while six other Cougars got in on the scoring action.
The Cougars started well with Laei dotting down in the 8th minute after a successful set-piece move from a BYU lineout inside the Wyoming half.
Laei scored his two other tries later in the game while Lasike scored two of his tries in the first half before taking over flyhalf duties in the second for normal BYU pivot-man Dylan Lubbe.
The Cowboys got on the board after weathering a 52-point BYU barrage in the 50th minute as a Wyoming prop muscled past the BYU defense for the short-range try.
Wyoming scored again in the 69th minute.
With the win BYU now holds to a strong 4-0 lead in the Western Conference ahead of rivals the University of Utah (2-0), the Air Force Academy (2-1) and Colorado University (2-2).
Tallying two wins against conference foes by an aggregate margin of victory of 182-17, BYU head coach David Smyth gave positive feedback about his team’s performance and today and on the overall weekend.
“Our backs are doing well overall now that (scrumhalf Shaun) Davies is starting to get his fitness back,” Smyth said. “And we’re hitting space well. I’m really happy with the boys’ effort. They’ve all worked hard on this trip. Now we get a few days of rest, and we finish the rest of the season at home, which will be great.”
The Cougars final three regular season games will be on South Field against Western Conference foes Arizona, Utah and Colorado.
The first of the final three-game home stand starts with BYU hosting the University of Arizona this Friday night.
The Wildcats are 1-2 in conference play having lost today to the University of Utah in Tucson by the score of 68-15.
BYU beat the Wildcats 70-12 in Tucson last year in uncharacteristic wet and rainy conditions.
Kick-off between the Cougars and Wildcats is set for 6.30 p.m. on Friday.
BYU 1st XV vs. University of Wyoming

  1. Mikey Su’a
  2. Ishmael Tilialo (Scott Gowdy at 40′)
  3. Ray Forrester (Chad Harker at 40′)
  4. Mark Bonham
  5. Braden Bair (Brett Clarke at 40′)
  6. Kumi Tua’one (David Rowley at 60′)
  7. Kyle Sumsion
  8. Hynie Leaatoa
  9. Shaun Davies
  10. Dylan Lubbe (c) (Jeff Ott at 40′)
  11. Will Taylor
  12. Seki Kofe (Inoke Funaki at 60′)
  13. Paul Lasike
  14. Jordan Lowry (Keith Hubert at 60′)
  15. Tua Leai

SCORING
BYU 85
Tries: Laei 8′, 72′, 79′; Lowry 11′, 46′; Taylor 13′; Lasike 23′, 30′, 74′; Leaaetoa 27′; Tua’one 54′; Sumsion 62′; Ott 66′;
Conversions: Davies 8/10 (8′, 13′, 23′, 27′, 30′, 54′, 62′, 66′) Leaaetoa 2/3 (74′, 79′)
WYOMING 10
Tries: WYO 50′, 69′
Conversions: WYO 0/2

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