Mega rugby update: Utes roll past Arizona on the road, short shorts and all

BY HUGH BROWN AND ROBERT KINGSFORD

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Utah used a powerful second-half effort to blast Arizona 68-15 on Saturday.

The Wildcats started strong and jumped to a 3-0 lead off a penalty kick. The Utes rebounded when Trevor Trowbridge picked up a loose ball and ran 40 meters for a try and a 5-3 lead.

Don Pati then quick tapped off a penalty kick and took it 50 meters for a try of his own. Danny Christensen’s conversion made it 12-3. Arizona came right back with a try and conversion to cut this edge to 12-10. The Utes, however, countered as Winston Harris scored a try in the corner to end the half with the Utes holding a tight 17-10 lead.

The second half was a much different story.

The Utah forward pack of Nick Mostyn, Mike Shepherd, Ty Peterson, Shawn Quigley, Spencer Vickery, Mike Juszczak, Danny James, and Les Soloai took control. The forwards mauled the ball 5 meters into the Arizona end zone and James got the try.

Arizona again cut the lead to 27-15 with a try, but that would be it for the Wildcats as the Utes went into another gear. Utah counterattacked as Lopeti Lauti went 30 meters for a try, Trowbridge scored his second try after a series of off loads, and Pati got another on a 5-meter run.

Christensen made two of the conversions for a commanding 44-15 lead, but Utah was not done.

Bridger Walzer scored from 30 meters out (kick good), Ty Peterson scored from 5 meters out on a quick tap, and Pati made it a hat trick scoring his third try off a 5-meter ruck. Madison Wilding scored the Utes’ final try from 30 meters out.

Utah hot Arizona State on Saturday at noon at McCarthy Field.

Utah reserves down Haggis

The Ute second fifteen knocked off the Park City Haggis 34-22 on Saturday. Taylor Thomas opened the scoring as he broke through the Haggis line for a try. The conversion was missed, but Utah continued on the offensive as Kyle Brennan made a break at wing and then off loaded to Austin Taylor for the try. The conversion made it 12-0 Utah.

Haggis came back for a pair of tries of their own (converting one) but in between Kaleb Hogan picked up the ball at the back of his own scrum and took it 15 meters for a try as Utah held a 17-12 edge. Greg Klc scored a try to end the half and up the Utes’ lead to 22-12.

Austin Taylor started the second period with his second try, but Haggis responded to make it 27-17.  With three minutes to play Haggis pushed in another try to cut the Utes’ lead to 27-22, but Kyle Brennan closed the contest with a try.

Mike Palefau scores in Hong Kong Sevens

The United States found itself in a pool of top tier sides at the Hong Kong IRB Sevens Tournament. On the first day the Eagles lost to New Zealand 29-5, played South Africa well before falling 15-7, and then were clobbered by Wales 42-7.

On Saturday the U.S. roared back to down Scotland 28-14 as Mike Palefau scored a try. The Eagles led Kenya 12-0 at the half in the Bowl finals, but could not hold on as they lost 14-12.

Utah’s Maka Unufe did not play because of a death in the family.

Fiji won the Hong Kong Sevens by defeating New Zealand in the championship match 35-28.

The Eagles play this week in the Japan Sevens.

Steelers down Boulder

The Provo Steelers traveled to Denver this past weekend were they defeated Boulder 38-31.

The Steelers find themselves in limbo as the only men’s DI club side still playing in Utah. Thus Utah has no automatic qualifier for the men’s D-1 club championships and Provo finds itself having to play a lot of away matches to try to get into the tournament. The Steelers need to play a minimum of six matches to qualify for the playoffs.

Utah high school rugby

In Division I play this past weekend Herriman upset United 20-3; Snow Canyon crushed Davis County 52-3, and Orem downed Lowland 29-19. No score has been reported from the Trybe-Skyline match.

In Division II, Pine View downed the Las Vegas Rugby Academy 24-5 in the only score reported by Sunday morning.

Eagles XV Camp

The United States’ Eagles fifteens camp is scheduled to be held at the U.S. Military Academy at the end of May in preparation for its June test matches.

New Eagles head coach Mike Tolkin is expected to bring in 34-38 individuals from whom he will select about 26 for the travel squad. Included in this list are former Utes prop Mate Moeakiola, who is currently playing in France, and both Mike Palefau and Maka Unufe, players with Utah affiliations who are now with the Eagles sevens team. Tyson is also expected to invite a number of college players. 

OTHER SCORES
DI-A: BYU played two matches this past week. On Thursday they traveled to Colorado State and won 97-7 and on Saturday they pummeled Wyoming 85-10. Air Force beat Colorado in the high scoring affair 55-44. In a big Pacific matchup, St. Mary’s blanked Central Washington 37-0.

In the Mid-South, the only conference to play home and away matches, Life obliterated Oklahoma 137-0, and Arkansas State downed Texas A&M 67-0.

In the East, Army edged Kutztown 30-25, Penn State upset Navy 22-6, and Ohio State beat Rutgers 38-15.

Other: Dartmouth defeated the Cayman’s Selects side 42-27; Washington State edged Simon Frasier 26-20; Virginia Tech blistered Georgia Tech 71-7; and LSU beat Mississippi 56-3. In Division II action Utah Valley shut out Utah State 66-0.

Who wears short shorts?

The First Annual Utah Rugby 5K was held at Sugarhouse Park. The theme, referring to rugby attire, was “How short are your shorts?”

Ross Marabella won the men’s division, coming in with a time of 17:51, beating out Drew Richards (21:33).

Megan Richards (22:40) won the women’s division, besting Susan Taylor (23:17).

Amy Carpenter won the best shorts award.

Amy Carpenter

One comment

  1. lwazrite

    THANKS for the RUGBY news, and please keep it comming. The Sport of Sports!!!!