Cougars win third straight match, but coach says they need to be more ‘rugby savvy’


LAS VEGAS — The BYU Cougars continue to roll into the 2013 rugby season, scoring eight tries in their 44-5 victory over the Aggies of Texas A&M on Saturday at the Las Vegas Invitational.

BYU newcomer prop Kody Thompson started the scoring in the 3rd minute after a quick series of phases from a BYU counterattack.

Some frustrated moments followed, however, as the Cougars were penalized for repeated infringement at the breakdown that eventually led to flanker Jeff Ott’s 11th minute yellow card.

“Texas A&M is a solid team,” said BYU captain Ryan Roundy, “We wanted to try and put them under some pressure, but it sort of came back to bite us a bit early on.”

The Cougars got back to their try-scoring ways with wing Will Taylor, freshman scrum half Luke Mocke and All American center Seki Kofe carrying the BYU score sheet.

With two conversion from freshman fly half Jonny Linehan, BYU led at the break 24-0.

Both teams worked to adjust their strategies at halftime but flanker Kyle Sumsion who finally broke the scoring dead lock in the second with a 55th minute try.

Center Chris Wernli also saw the end zone in the 58th minute but both tries went unconverted and the Cougars edged to a 34-0 lead.

Both teams finished the game well with strong defense, which led to both BYU’s 72nd minute try and the Aggies’ lone try in the 74th minute.

Wing Andrew Carver closed out the try-scoring for BYU in the 77th minute.

The Cougars suffered a poor day kicking thanks to heavy wind, making just two of their eight conversation attempts leaving 12 points wandering.

“It was an average performance today from a team that’s trying to find its identity,” Smyth said. “We need to protect the ball better and be more clinical in attack. The effort is there, we just need to be more rugby savvy.”

The Cougars will face two top men’s clubs next Saturday: Old Puget Sound Beach RFC and Serevi Rugby.


1.Dave Collins

  1. Ray Forrester
  2. Kody Thompson
  3. TJ Allred
  4. Kyle Lontine
  5. Jeff Ott
  6. Kyle Sumsion
  7. Ryan Roundy (c)
  8. Luke Mocke
  9. Jonathan Linehan
  10. Jordan Lowry
  11. Seki Kofe
  12. Chris Wernli
  13. Andrew Carver
  14. Will Taylor

*Open Substitutions

BYU: 44
Tries: Thompson 3′; Taylor 16′; Mocke 23′; Kofe 33′; Sumsion 55′; Wernli 58′; Williams 74′; Carver 77’
Conversions: Linehan (2/8: 23′, 33′)
Yellow Card: Ott 11′

Texas A&M: 5
Tries: A&M (74′)
Conversions: 0/1

One comment

  1. Duckhunter

    I have really gained an appreciation for this sport over the last couple of years and have attended several matches. One thing that makes it particularly great for Utahn’s is that we have top notch teams here at multiple levels. BYU is at the top of the NCAA but utah is solid as well and the prep age rugby around here is as good as it gets in the entire country. Go check out a match.