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.