BYU RUGBY PRESS RELEASE
PROVO — The BYU Cougars ran roughshod over the Utah State in the Cougars’ home opener, winning by the score of 91-3.
The rugby match was broadcasted live at deserertnews.com. You can watch a replay of the match here.
Cougars dotted down 15 times led by prop David Williams, fullback Will Taylor, centers Chris Wernli and Lelann Latu and freshman flanker Jon Layne who each scored a pair of tries.
“It was good to get out on South Field,” said game-day captain Scott Gowdy, “The guys fed off the energy of the crowd and were working hard around the field and I thought we did a pretty good job making sure we took advantage of the opportunities that came to us.”
The BYU scoring started in the 3rd minute as wing Richard Jones sprinted his way from 20 meters out for the game’s opening try. The Jones try was set up by a deft interchange of passes between fellow wing Jordan Lowry, Taylor and Wernli from inside the Cougars’ half of the field.
BYU backs coach Justen Nadauld said his players seemed to link together well not only to set up the opening try, but throughout the game.
“We had a freshman flyhalf and some relatively new guys out there today,” Nadauld said. “But they kept working hard and did well to move the ball into space and keep things moving forward.”
The Cougars continued their first half scoring campaign with six more tries before the break. Jones was solid converting the BYU tries going 5 for 7 in the opening half.
The Aggies lone score of the game came in the 38th minute as the USU scrum half scored a 30-meter drop goal from the left angle.
At the half BYU took a comfortable 45-3.
BYU now turns its attention to the 2012 Super League Champions New York Athletic Club who will come to Provo for a 1 p.m. match on March 9 in the Champions Challenge, pitting collegiate national champions against the men’s division counterpart.
“Today was a good day,” said BYU head coach David Smyth, “We gave a lot of our younger guys a run and they played well. But next week will be a big challenge for us. NYAC’s probably the top rugby team in the USA and our guys are going to have a big opportunity ahead of them. We’re looking forward to it.”
The Champions Challenge will be broadcast live on DesNews.com.
MATCH INFORMATION BYU 1st XV vs. USU
- Scott Gowdy (c)
- David Williams
- Collin Bush
- Kyle Smith
- Kaiona Dutro
- Kody Thompson
- Andy St. Pierre
- Inoke Funaki
- Sterling Paulson
- Jordan Lowry
- Lelann Latu
- Chris Wernli
- Richard Jones
- Will Taylor
TRIES: Jones 3′; Latu 8′, 42′; Williams 16′, 23′; Williams 25′, 48′; St. Pierre 29′; Wernli 33′, 54′; Thompson 44′; Carver 61′; Bair 63′; Layne 70′, 73′
CONVERSIONS: Jones 5/7; Funaki 3/8
DROP GOALs: USU 38′