ALBUQUERQUE, NM - (BYU) Womens Cougar Rugby travelled to UNM this past Saturday March 6, 2010 and played the University of New Mexico Lobos Womens rugby team on their newly renovated UNM Football Stadium. The weather was perfect for a rugby game. BYU came away with the W, running in 4 tries to UNM's 1. Score 26 - 5.
It was the Cougars first game together since November 2009, and they looked a bit rusty in the first half. Scrum half Kylie Maclennan scored off a 5 meter scrum, and Star Bollinger slotted an amazing kick from the corner to make it 7-0 minute in the first minute of the game. The entire first half was played in UNM half, but WCR only managed to come with another try through an overlap to winger Larissa Nakamitsu. Star Bollinger again converted from the corner to make it 14-0 at the half.
WCR had trouble adjusting to officials throughout the game. Opponents keep backing away from rucks, and Cougar girls getting called for diving over repeatedly. But they could have used a little consistency and fairness from the officials. Both sides were guilty of that.
Star Bollinger opened up the second half with an individual try from halfway to make that 19 - 0 about 10 minute sinto the second half. UNM came back strongly but only to be denied by some relentless defense by the Cougars. A good scrum by the Cougars, setup a good platform for the backs, and Kylie Maclennan recognized an opening and ran 40 meters, beat a couple of would-be tacklers and scored beside the cross-bar. Rebecca Bunnell converted to make it a 26 - 0 game.