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