Dixie State Women's Rugby

Taito & Skipps Lead BYU Past Dixie State

BYU Seniors pose after Dixie State Game Feb 10 2018

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - Cougar Rugby News

Saint George, UT - This last weekend, BYU’s Women’s Rugby Team traveled down south to play Dixie State University Women. With the sun shining and a cool breeze, the Cougars had an excellent first game introducing lots of new players in the newly renovated Legend Solar Stadium.

Led by a strong performance from BYU seniors, flanker Grace Taito 2016-2017 All American, and Sia Skipps, 2015-2016 All American No. 8, BYU, the game started with 15 minutes of feeling out, marred by multiple penalties, and infringements in the breakdowns, until a turnover ball from Taito went through the hands of Kathryn Stowers and on to Alisa Baker who sprinted past defenders to score under the post. Kainoa Ah Quinn converted to put BYU up 7 - 0. Dixie State applied some good pressure midway into the first half. BYU managed to put in some phrase plays together, and spun the ball wide for Genesis Hinckley to score out wide. Conversion went wide.

At 12 - 0 up, BYU was beginning to dominate the set pieces and the breakdown, with some good work rate from it's experienced loose forwards in Rachel Ogden, Taito, and Skipps. Lock Elle Peterson made break from BYU's 5m line and sprinted away, defense caught up with her, and the ever-present Alisa Blaker in support, carried it in for the try.

BYU kept on applying pressure and saw tries to multiple players in the first half, including Maya Wood (2), Taito, Skipps, Stowers, Janette Taufa to end the first half leading 54 - 0.

BYU made multiple changes at the beginning of the 2nd half. Dixie State came out strong from the break, and started applying pressure. Dixie drew the first points in 2nd half by scoring under post. Conversion went wide. Score remained at 54-5 BYU.

BYU Cougars at Dixie State Trailblazers - Preview

Monday February 10, 2018 - Cougar Rugby News Editor

Provo, UT: BYU will visit Dixie State University for a Women's Rugby Game, for the first time in program history this Saturday Feb 10, 2018.

BYU will feature some of the returning seniors with likes of 2015-2016 Women's Collegiate All American No. 8 Sia Skipps. She will be assisted in the backrow by Grace Taito, 2016-2017 Collegiate All American Flanker.

Emily Briggs, prop, who took part in the Women's DI Elite Final against Penn State in 2016 - just recently returned from a church mission, is expected to get some game time in her first outing since May 2016.

BYU is also expected to start some of the familiar names in program history. Notable names include Kai Ah Quinn (Jr All American Canada Tour 2017), Alisa Baker (pictured), and Scrumhalf/Center Kathryn Stowers (2015 High School All American).

Dallas McKee, Brianne Shaw, and Amenda Feao will lead Dixie State alongside some of the DSU seniors & returners from past year.

Kick off is set at 1.00pm MTN at the Legend Solar Stadium, Dixie State University, Saint George, UT. 

Fans, Parents and Supporters are welcome.

Photo: BYU Center/Wing, Alisa Baker, on the go forward drive. PC: Tabitha Sumsion, BYU Photo

BYU over Dixie State in Last Home Game

Seniors after last game at BYU. Nalia, Amber, Nicole, Jessie, Erica, Jordan, Kaitlyn

Saturday April 9, 2016 -02:00pm MTN - By Emma Stewart

The Cougars took the field for one last time this past Saturday before they head off to Ellensburg Washington, to face Stanford. This marked the last home game for the senior players (Jennie Lewis, Nicole McCullough, Jordan Gray, Nalia Tafua, Amber Netane, Jessie Beck, Erica Allen, and Kaitlyn Evans) so the Cougars were looking for a good game against the new Dixie State team from St. George to round out the season.

The game started off with the Cougars on the attack. The BYU team started the scoring off with great run by Lindsay Sheridan. The Cougars found the try zone again in the first half through Nalia Tafua, Rebekah Hebdon, Jordan Gray, Analise Arnold, and Amber Netane all finding the try zone through good offense on behalf of BYU. The first half ended with the Cougars up 60-0 over Dixie State.

In the second half, Dixie came out with new resolve and held off the Cougars for the beginning of the second half. Many penalties and good defense by both teams kept scoring low in the second half. However, the Cougars fought their way into the try zone through Mack Olsen, and Kaitlyn Evans, with both Jessie Beck and Ali Smith taking the conversion kicks. The Cougars continued to hold off the new Dixie team and the game ended with the score being 97-0 to the Cougars.

With a win in the bag, the Cougars will head to Ellensburg next weekend to take on Stanford in the quarter finals for the USA Rugby D1 Elite National Tournament. If they make it past the Stanford side, the BYU Women will face the Central Wildcats for the second time this semester in the National Championship qualifying game.