WCR 34 Salt Lake Slugs 5

Fullback Becky Bunnell and Center Kristy Jackson on attack.

Murray, UT - Womens Cougars put on fine display of fitness and athleticism to down a much experienced Salt Lake team last Saturday November 21, 2009. Cougars ran in 6 tries to Slug's one winning the game by 34 - 5. Cougars need to work hard in the tackle area and breakdowns in order to compete with the big programs such as Penn Sate, Brown, Army and Stanford. This game against these regular club sides who are made up of more experienced women, will help the cougars achieve this goal. The midfield partnership of Star Bollinger and Kristi Jackson who both had two tries each, worked well for the Cougars.

This is the last game of this semester, and as they move forward towards next Winter/Spring, Coach Tom Waqa will be looking to key senior players to step up and lead the team into the playoffs. The Cougars have done well with a 10 - 0 record for this semester, but a lot of work has to be done going into 2010 season.

Score: WCR 34 SL Slugs 5 Tries: Tressa 1, Kristi 2, Jaime 1, Star 2 Conversions: Becky 2

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WCR 59 Weber State University 0

Demonstration on the theory of "Evolution of Rugby Women". Rachel Longhurst on the pick and jam. Support crew missed "body-position 101" class.

Provo, UT - Womens Cougars dominated a Weber State Wild Cats on Saturday November 14, 2009. The newly formed Weber State Womens team did what they could to contain a more experienced Collegiate side. Wild Cats have been practicing hard this semester for this game, with about 2 game scrimmages to prepare for this one. The Cougars ran in 11 unanswered tries with No. 8 Tressa Tenney and Inside Center Kristi Jackson scoring hat-tricks. However there are still room for improvements as always. Cougars 59 Weber State 0.

Assistant Coach Clayton Leonard managed the team from the sidelines as Head Coach Tom Waqa and Assistant Coach Eric Taito were away for the 2009 National Touch Rugby Championship in Gilbert, Arizona. Regular Starters Star Bollinger and Keelia Harker also attended the Touch Tournament playing for Tumeke CA Touch club who were runners up to the Championship in the Mixed competition.

WCR vs. Weber State @ Provo: 11am
Score: WCR 59 Weber State 0 Tries: Audrey M 1, Jaime H 1, Larissa N 1, Lexy N 1, Tressa T 3, Kristi J 3, Diana V 1 Conversions: Lexy N 2

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WCR 30 Provo Lady Steelers 19

Womens Cougar Scrum vs Lady Steelers Fall 09

Provo, Utah - Womens Cougars withstood a strong and very physical Provo Lady Steelers side today at Fort Utah Park, Provo, Utah. WCR started of two quick tries through an outstanding run from center Star Bollinger. Second try was by some quick ball movements for Kayla Ellingson to score in the corner. Provo came back with two quick tries to lead 14 - 10. Becky Bunnell slotted a penalty to close that gap 14 - 13 with 8 minutes remaining in the half. Again Cougars put in a good drive near the end of the half and super sub Tressa Tenney dove in the corner to make it 18 - 14 at the half.

Second half was no different with both teams trying to establish dominance. Another broken play in the middle of the field led to Star Bollinger playing soccer with the rugby ball all the way to the Provo line. Becky converted that to make it 25-14. Provo scored again towards the end before WCR finally put on some good phases for Keelia Harker to score in the corner to put the game away 30 - 19.

This was probably one of the most highly contested womens game in Utah Rugby Union in a very long time. It was very very physical encounter, one that the BYU women really needed going into the end of this semester and next semester.

WCR vs. Lady Steelers @ Provo: 11am
Score: WCR 30 Lady Steelers 19 Tries: WCR - Star 2, Tressa 1, Kayla 1, Keelia 1, Conversions: Becky 1, Penalty: Becky 1 Provo Ladies - Tries: Adi 1, Lavi 1, Anonymous 1 Conversions: Stephanie 2

Autumn Orbit Gardner Lineout take against Lady Steelers

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Denver Black Ice wins High Desert, BYU tops Collegiate Pool

Cougars maul Air Force to the try line, High Desert 09, NM.

Albuquerque, NM - The Denver Black Ice won the women's bracket of the High Desert tournament Sunday, defeating New Mexico's Atomic Sisters 66-0 in the final.

The Sisters upset the VBoulder Babes 10-8 in the semis, while the Black Ice defeated Texas Tech 24-0.

Texas Tech looked very good during the entire tournament, losing to (BYU) WCR 12 - 0 before beating the University of New Mexico 43-10 and Air Force 19-3 - all DI teams.

(BYU) WCR swept their Saturday games, beating Texas Tech 12 - 0, New Mexico 20 - 0 and Air Force 19 - 3. The tournament allowed them to only play Saturday (they won't play Sunday) and coach Tom Waqa said he was grateful for the opportunity to play.

Rebecca Bunnell was outstanding for the Cougars.

"We appreciate being able to play these tough games on the Saturday," said Waqa. "It was worth coming here for that."

Box Score/Stats

BYU 12 Texas Tech 0 - Tries: Samantha Wright 1, Cajin Christianson 1 Conversion: Rebecca Bunnell 1

BYU 19 Air Force 3 Tries: Star Bollinger 1, Autumn Gardner 1, Kristi Jackson 1 Conversions: Rebecca Bunnell 2

BYU 20 UNM 0 Tries: Monica Jackson 1, Samantha Wright 1, Keelia Harker 1 Penalty: Rebecca Bunnell 1 Conversions: Rebecca Bunnell 1

WCR Team - High Desert Tour 09 Alberqueuque, NM

High Desert Tour 09 Albuquerque, NM: Cajin Rain Christianson, Haliaka Kauwe , Megan Guinter , Lexy Newby , Autumn Orbit Gardner , Audrey Mitchell, Kimberly Delaplane, Hoku Kubota , Keelia Harker , Jena Baker, Monica Hilarie Jackson, Rachel Longhurst , Star Bollinger , Kara Longhurst , Kristi Jackson , Ruth Bennett, Samantha Wright, Shelby Mei Peterson , Rebecca Leigh Bunnell , Kayla Ellingson , Jaime Lyn Hill , Larissa Nakamitsu, Tressa Lynn Tenney, Jess Dall

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WCR 46 UVU 12

Fullback Becky Bunnell and Center Kristy Jackson on attack.

Orem, UT - WCR defeated UVU in style on Saturday Oct 10th 2009, by racking up 7 tries and a penalty to UVUs 2. WCR managed to get some new recruits some much needed playing time in preparation for the High Desert Tournament in Alburquerque, NM.

Center Star Bollinger was outstanding for the Cougars racking up two tries, two conversions and 1 penalty kick from long range.

WCR vs. UVU @ Orem: 11am
Score: WCR 46 UVU 12 Tries: Justine 2, Star 2, Kayla 1, Kristi 1, Keelia 1, Penalty: Star 1, Conversions: Lexy 2, Star 2

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WCR 24 USU 5

USU vs WCR Lineout. Rachel Longhurst, Jaime Hill on the lift. Autumn Gardner in orbit.

Logan, UT - Womens Cougars overcame a strong Aggie's pack to win it by 24 - 5 on Saturday. Cougars got of to a slow start with 3 points after about 25 minutes of sustained pressure inside Utah State University half. Some uncharacteristic mistakes may have cost the Cougars more points on the board. The Cougars were able to win a quality ball out wide for winger Keelia to break through a tackle and offload to outside center Star Bollinger to score close to the corner. Becky Bunnell converted to make that 10 - 0. Aggies came back strong with good scrummaging, and applied pressure in the breakdowns. Utah State never gave up and scored off a tap penalty through prop forward Hannah Turner in the first half to make it 10 - 5 at the break.

Both teams came back with a lot more intensity in the half, with Aggies home crowd demanding a win for Utah State Home Coming weekend. WCR sustained Aggies pressure and moved the ball from side to side looking for opportunities. Cougars got a break forcing a turnover on the Aggies's 10 meter line, with scrumhalf Kara Longhurst attacking the short side creating an overlap for Justine to score in the corner. Bunnell converted to make it a 17 - 5 game.

The Cougars managed to score again this time through a break by inside center Kristi Jackson who broke through a couple tackles to score under the post. Becky Bunnell again converted to make it 24 - 5.

Head Coach Tom said, " We learned a lot from this game. Utah State is a good team, who rallied behind their pack. We will take this and move forward."

WCR vs. USU @ Logan: 11am
Score: WCR 24 USU 5 Tries: Star 1, Justine 1, Kristi 1, Penalty: Becky 1, Conversions: Becky 3

Winger Keelia Harker on full catch-pose. Becky Bunnell in support.

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Womens Cougars kick off 09-10 Season

WCR 27 CSU 5

Womens Cougars regroup for 2009-2010 Season.

Provo, UT - Welcome to the Cougar Rugby Blog. We begin by welcoming all the new girls who have decided that rugby may just be one of the most rewarding activity for them here at BYU. About 30 news girls showed up to first practice; only about 20 remain faithful. They are doing well.

We began season with a scrimmage with Utah Valley University on Wednesday, September 09, 2009 at 6pm in Orem, Utah. The Cougars won convincingly by 35-0. The cougar women did what they could to contain a new look UVU side. It was a good game to build on going into the season.

Then there was the long awaited showdown between #4 - WCR and #8 - Colorado State University, two highly ranked teams in the country on Sept 19, 2009. It was a cracker of a game as they call it down under. The game began with the two teams trying to establish good platforms to attack from. WCR led at the half 5-0 with try to fullback Rebecca Bunnell.

In the second half WCR managed to pull away with 4 more tries with Samantha Wright, Kristi Jackson, Star Bollinger and Rebecca Bunnell again finding the goal line with a good individual effort. WCR 27 CSU 3. It has been a good week and we look forward to the game against USU this Saturday September 26,2009 at 11am in Logan.

WCR vs. CSU @ Provo: 11am
Score: WCR 27 CSU 3 Tries: Becky 2, Samantha 1, Kristi 1, Star 1
Conversions: Becky 1

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