Utah rugby update: Herriman High climbs to No. 8 in national rankings

during the Wasatch Cup rugby match at BYU in Provo on Saturday, April 24, 2012. (Photo by Kristin Murphy/Deseret News)

BY HUGH BROWN

Herriman High School drew rave reviews in RugbyMag as going into this past weekend they had beaten United 25-5, Skyline 40-0, and Trybe 33-25. Both United and Trybe have already been slotted for the National High School Club Championships.

In the latest High School Club rankings, Herriman had climbed to number eight (Lamorinda, Calif., is the top-ranked team) while United had dropped to 10th and Trybe to 13th.

In the High School Single School ranking, Snow Canyon is ranked fifth (Xavier, N.Y., first).

This weekend’s scores: South County crushed Cache Valley 78-0; Davis H.S. defeated TC Fusion 54-22; the Cougars edged Rocky Mountain 5-3; and Las Vegas downed Desert Hills 29-5. 

BYU DOWNS UTAH 38-22

Read our recap by the Deseret News’ Brandon Gurney of the game here.

UTAH AND PROVO D-I CLUB RUGBY UP

The Utah Brothers and Provo Steelers men’s rugby clubs are still working toward eligibility for the Pacific Coast D-I club playoffs.

The two teams have played each other twice (Utah Brothers won both 25-12 and 17-7) with the Brothers declaring themselves the Utah RFU champions and Provo the runner up.

According to the PCRFU website, Utah would then get the second seed in the NorCal playoffs and Provo would have the right to challenge third-seeded Northern California for the fourth and final playoff spot.

The Steelers are expected to issue that challenge. Provo is also trying to get in the six matches required by PCRFU guidelines and have beaten San Mateo and the Denver Barbarians to go along with their two losses to Utah Brothers. They also had a scheduled match with the Bay Area Barbarians, but that club failed to show up for the game in California.

Utah Brothers have also played the Denver Barbarians, losing 26-25, so they need three more matches. They hope these will be against Glendale last weekend, San Francisco Golden Gate on Saturday and Old Puget Sound on April 21 (all away matches).  Utah Brothers are still facing issues regarding their deadline to register their roster and whether or not they were given pre-approval to follow this course of action, and USA Rugby does not appear willing to grant their appeal.

PARK CITY HAGGIS GOING FOR D-II CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

The Park City Haggis have upgraded from a social club to the D-II level, playing a full fall schedule and participating in the Las Vegas Rugby Tournament.

The team is now preparing for the D-II club championship. On April 14 Haggis will play a challenge match against the Pacific Coast RFU’s second seed either in Boise, Idaho, or Portland, Ore. (depending on which club is seeded No. 2).

If they win that game, they will move on to the PCRFU Playoffs in Portland on April 21-22. They would have to win one of those two in order to advance to the United States RFU Regional 16 in Chula Vista, Calif., on May 12-13.

The winners from the regionals move on to the final four in Glendale, Colo., on June 2-3.

HIGH SCHOOL ALL AMERICANS

This past weekend the United States High School All-American 15s, including Lowland’s Stratton Brown, opened play in the Wellington College Tournament in the United Kingdom. The All-Americans went 5-1 in the Rosslyn Park Sevens Tournament the previous week.

On April 7 the 15s took on the Wales U-16 side, losing 33-13.  The All-Americans will next play the England North U-16 side on Tuesday and the Belgium U-17 side on Friday.

In July the team will make a three week tour of Chile, Uruguay, and Argentina.

UTAH VALLEY RANKED FOURTH

Utah Valley University is ranked fourth in the latest Division II college rugby polls. The Wolverines are 11-2.  UW-Whitewater (10-0) is ranked first, followed by Lindenwood (11-0) and Salisbury (10-0). 

OTHER COLLEGE SCORES                                    

D-1A – Penn State downed Rutgers 38-28 two weekends ago in a late reported match.
This weekend:
West – Air Force zonked Colorado State 65-10; Colorado defeated Wyoming 61-31; and Arizona beat Arizona State 34-7.
Pacific – UCLA edged Central Washington 26-23 in a battle for second place and no score has been reported for the Cal Poly-UC Davis match.
East – Army squeaked by Navy 33-31; Penn State stayed even with Army with a 60-17 thumping of Ohio State; and Kutztown beat Delaware 20-13.
Mid-South – Life blanked Texas A&M 40-0 and Notre Dame beat Oklahoma 41-0.
Other – California swamped Santa Cruz 128-0 last week; Clemson edged North Carolina State 5-3, undefeated Oregon State crushed Washington 66-10, Wisconsin downed Texas 37-5, Virginia Tech beat Virginia 24-22, and Maryland remained undefeated in Atlantic Coast play by defeating Wake Forest 39-7.

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  3. Brett Bingham

    Also Lowland Girls Rugby that is out of the Riverton area and and Snow Canyon Warrior Girls are ranked 8th and 9th by RugbyMag.com for High school girls rugby in the same issue.