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.

CoachT, Editor – Cougar Rugby News

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

CoachT, Editor – Cougar Rugby News