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 found it's form again and piled up points through tries from Ruby Shreeve (2), who introduced the art of the "Shreeve weave" to get past defenders. A great kick from the backline through Ah Quinn to the corner saw Abby Morse regathered the ball to score in what looked like the Cougar try of the day. This was followed by tries to Prop Kirstie Leavitt who burst through the defensive line on the Dixie State 5m line to score.

Wing AoleleTaulapapa had other ideas of her own, when she had to break tackles close to the touch line and sprinted to score in marvelous fashion. Lefanoga Stanley put the icing on the cake with some last minute try, and Emily McFadyen coverted to end an awesome first outing for the Cougars this Winter-Spring season. Final Score: BYU 88 Dixie State 5.

They are looking forward to in-state rival Utah State Aggies, who will be visiting them in Provo this Saturday February 17, 2018. Game is scheduled at 1:00pm MST at Fort Utah Park, 200 N Geneva Rd, Provo Utah 84601.