BYU vs UNM Sat Mar 18 Preview

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - Cougar Rugby News - Press Release

PROVO, UT - In their last encounter last Fall 2016, BYU defeated a young UNM side on their home field at Alburquerque New Mexico. The Cougars expect a much more developed side on Saturday, Mar 18 at Helaman Rec Field, BYU. This will be BYU's first home game this Semester and kickoff is scheduled at 11:00am MTN. The ticket prizes are set at $5.00 General Admissions, Kids 0 - 5 Free. Donations to the team are also welcomed at any time. Come support the team Sat as they take on UNM in prep for Nationals which will take place on April 21-22, 2017 at UC Davis Campus, California.

BYU 1 - 1 in Vegas Invitational

Justina Grubb takes a lineout for the Cougars.

Friday-Saturday March 3-4, 2017 - Cougar Rugby News. Photo Credit: The Rugby Breakdown

Las Vegas, NV - The weather was at perfect 76° F as #4 BYU took on the might of #2 Lindenwood University at Silver Bowl Field #15 at 10.20am this past Friday March 3, 2017. There was a moment of feeling out as both teams surveyed strengths and weaknesses. Lindenwood drew the first points, as they scored 14 minutes into the 1st half. Lindenwood led 7-0 until BYU's Taito answered with a try in the corner to make that 7-5 at the 20 minute mark. Lindenwood would then scored again before the half to make it 15 - 5 going into the break.

A strong effort from the Lions in the second half saw them pulled away with 24 unanswered points. Lindenwood won 39 - 5. It was a good effort from the Cougars, but not enough to take down a solid Lindenwood side.

"We are happy to invest in that tournament, to gauge where we are," said BYU Coach Tom Waqa. "Lindenwood had a strong showing against us. They were solid across the board from number 1 to 23. The skill set, conditioning, and strength they posses is above most of the college teams I know. That's one of the top teams bar Penn State competing at DI Elite level. So we found ourselves having to really work on our basics. We had to adjust against SoCal - still lots improvements needed if we are to go far in playoffs."

BYU beat a Southern California select team 29-17 on Saturday with a much more improved effort.

Coming up for BYU is Utah Valley University on Saturday March 11, then New Mexico March 18 and then Southern Utah March 25. On April 8 the BYU Cougars will take on mighty NIRA DI Runner-Up Central Washington University.


BYU overcomes UC Davis

Cougar Rugby News - Saturday, Feb 4, 2017

Davis, CA - BYU overcame UC Davis Women on a wet and mixed weather condition at Dairy Field Saturday. 5 minutes after kickoff, BYU strings a couple BYU of phases together, and makes it into the tryzone through Grubb. Converisions were not possible because of lack of field posts on this field. Davis 0 BYU 5.

A few minutes later, Clinnick took of on the short side and scored. BYU striuggled to adjust to referee and gave away some penalties. After a forced turnover, BYU scored again, through Vice Captain, No. 8 Taito. Taito had a grand day at flank and led the team on defense and offense. She was well supported by Captain Nicole McCullough who operated at scrumhalf for the Cougars.

UC Davis had their moments as they were able to capitalise on BYU mistakes, and scored two tries, one in each half.

BYU was able to put the game away through Tenney, Hinckley, and Hebdon. Overall it was a good first game for the Cougars, as they look forward to the rest of the season.

Final Score: BYU 30 UC Davis 10. BYU Tries: Clinnick, Tenney, Hebdon, Taito, Hinckley ; UC Davis tries: Harris, Wessman


Winter 2017 Schedule Announced

Cougar Rugby News - Monday Jan 16, 2017 - 11:00am MTN

PROVO, UT - BYU Women's Rugby is in full preparation mode for the upcoming Winter and Spring 2017 Season. The 2016 DI Elite finalist is led by super seniors such as scumhalf Nicole MCCullough, Prop Rebekah Hebdon, Flanker Grace Taito, and Wing Analise Arnold. The Cougars are glad to have the services of stellar returners Justina Grubb, Lindsay Sheridan, Alisa Baker, Alexa Tenney, Kainoa Ah Quinn, Ali Smith and recent transfer from BYU-Idaho Emma Workman Archibald.

The first game will kickoff against 2016 DI National Champion, Univernity of California, Davis at 10:00am MTN on Saturday February 4, 2017.


@ University of California, Davis Sat, Feb 4 10:00am     Russell Field, UC Davis, California        
@ Dixie State University     Sat, Feb 18 1:00pm     Dixie State Rugby Field, St George, UT     
@ USU Game Cancelled     Sat, Feb 25 1:00pm     Bad Weather Cancellation  
@ Lindenwood University     Fri, Mar 3 1:00pm     Silver Bowl Field,     Las Vegas, NV         
@ SoCal Selection         Sat, Mar 4 11:00am     Silver Bowl Field,     Las Vegas, NV             
@ Utah Valley University     Sat, Mar 11 11:00am     UVU Rugby Field, UVU,     Orem, UT             
VS University of New Mexico     Sat, Mar 18 11:00am     Helaman Field, BYU,     Provo, UT     
VS Southern Utah University     Sat, Mar 25 11:00am     Helaman Field, BYU,     Provo, UT     
BYE     BYE     Sat, Apr 1 
VS Central Washington University Sat, Apr 8 11:00am     Helaman Field, BYU,     Provo, UT


BYU Goes Home with a Win

BYU Team win over UNM Nov 5 2016.


Saturday November 5, 2016 - Cougar Rugby News

Albuquerque, NM - BYU women's rugby overcomes New Mexico Women on a DI-Elite encounter Saturday at St Pius High School Field, NM. After a period of feeling out in the first half, BYU opened the flood gates and accumulated 40 points in the first half. BYU was led by a strong pack that dominated the lineout battle, and scrums.

BYU closed the line with some good defense and were able to work some depth and put the game away for good in the second half. Final score: BYU 88 - UNM 0.


Central Washington Downs BYU

Team Huddle 2016

ELLENSBURG, Wash. (Sat Oct. 22) — Central Washington capped Eagle Asinate Serevi produced three tries Saturday as Central Washington defeated Brigham Young 62-12 in a women’s rugby friendly on CWU’s field. Former Heriman Rugby High School player, Ashlee Byrge operated on the wing, had six conversions for Central Washington, which led 17-0 at halftime.

After a feeling out process between the two teams, CWU got things going when Kathlena Truong found the try zone off a penalty scrum from five meters out.  Asinate Serevi gave CWU its second score, receiving an offload from Suiluana A'au and marched into the try zone.
Just three minutes later, A'au got her change, breaking the BYU line and stampeding 45 meters for a try.  After an Ashlee Byrge conversion, the Wildcats held a 17-0 first half lead. Serevi and Truong, finished off the scoring the first half with their second tries of the game to give the Wildcats a comfortable 27-0 halftime lead.
Serevi finished off the hat trick six minutes into the second half to push the CWU advantage to 34-0.  BYU started to control the ball and was able to break the CWU defense for back to back scores in the 50th and 60th minutes to cut the CWU lead to 34-12, but the Wildcats were not done scoring.  In the final 20 minutes of action, the Wildcats scored four more times, and put the game away from within BYU's reach.

Final Score: CWU 62 BYU 12.  The Cougars return to action next Saturday when they play host to Dixie State University at home on October 29 at 1:00 p.m. MDT on Helaman Rec Field, BYU.


BYU Hold Out Vipers Women

BYU Women 31 vs Vipers Women's Rugby 29 Sat Oct 15, 2016

Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 01:00pm by BYU Women's Rugby News Editor

Provo, UT: BYU held off a strong second half surge from Vipers Women's Rugby Club to win the friendly encounter at Helaman Field, Sat October 15, 2016 by 31 - 29. The Cougars started off really strong in the 1st half with tries from Skipps, J Peterson, E Petersen and Arnold. Fullback J Peterson converted 3 of those tries to take BYU up in half by 26 - 5 in the half. BYU forward had an edge in the srum department and provided some quality ball for their back line.

Second half started with Vipers coming strongly with some dominating runs from a big and strong forward pack. BYU had to come up with some big tackles, to slow down a moving Vipers offense. Vipers scored  3 unansered tries to launch a good comeback to stay in the game. BYU extended the lead with a try in the corner to make it 31 - 17 going into the last 15 minutes of the game. Vipers would go onto to score two more tries towards the end, as time ran out on them.

It was a strong rugby performance from the Vipers women.  The young BYU side had to be honest on defense and barely held on to win. Final score: BYU 31 - Vipers 29. BYU will travel to Ellensburg, WA next week Oct 21-22 to take on Central Washington University at home.

Lexi Tenney

BYU Over UVU in Fall Season Opener

Saturday September 17, 2016 - BYU Women's Rugby News

Orem, UT - BYU Women overcame a determined and strong effort from Utah Valey University Women, to win the season opener on Saturday by a score of 33 - 14 infront of a crowd of 200 fans. The game was all tied up 0-0 towards the end of the first half when linebreak by Justina Grubb setup Jessica Peterson for the try underneath the posts. Peterson converted her own try to make that 7 - 0. A few minutes later, BYU moved the ball out wide to their wing Alexa Tenney who sprinted down the sideline to score. She would add one more try before the half. Jessica Peterson (Fullback) converted to make it 21 - 0 going into the break.

BYU decided to work it's depth in the second half, with new comers and freshmans taking the field for the first time. BYU scored two more tries with Alexa Tenney featuring a stellar MVP performance for the women in Navy and White Stripes. UVU added two late consolation tries in the second half which was converted.

BYU was led by a strong performance from wing. Alexa Tenney, backrow players Grace Taito and Sia Skipps.

Final Score: BYU 33 UVU 14 (Coversions by Jessica Peterson & Eternity Tenney)

BYU Women's Rugby Roster Fall 2016 Announced

BYU Women's Rugby at work at Smith Fieldhouse Athletics Gym.

PROVO, UT - Up to about 250 students showed up for women's rugby tryouts within a span of 3 days, during the first week of Fall 2016 semester. On Friday, September 2, 2016, Head Coach Tom Waqa, announced the 41 players that would make up the BYU Women's Rugby roster for Fall 2016 Semester. Notable returners include scrumhalf Nicole McCullough, Props Rebekah Hebdon, Hillary Hironaka, Flyhalf Eternity Tenney, Flankers Grace Taito, Sia Skipps, and Justina Grubb. There is a good mix of young and veterans in the squad.