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.

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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.


Women's Rugby Open Tryouts - Fall 2016

Provo, UT - BYU Women's Rugby is officially recognized under Extramural Sports at Brigham Young University. There will be open tryouts for new players on the first week of every semester. No experience necessary. For the upcoming Fall Semester 2016, this will be held on Monday August 29, Wednesday Aug 31, and Friday September 2, from 5pm-7pm at Helaman Recreation Field, 1600 N Canyon Rd, Povo, UT 84604. Please be advised that you must be a full time student (12 credits at least per semester) to be able to participate and play of the women's rugby team at BYU.

Wear sturdy clothing. Bring a white, BYU blue, and gray t-shirt on the first day of practice. You must bring a mouthpiece - not negotiable (safety issue). You will need a pair of cleats for rugby (soccer cleats are acceptable). You can come to your first practices in sneakers if you do not have a pair cleats yet. Make sure all jewelry is removed and your finger nails are cut. In the warm weather bring extra water. In the cold weather dress in layers.

If you make the final roster of 40 players, you will be required to pay a yearly team due of $200.00 (Each player must pay dues in full as soon as they make the roster for the current year. This is paid online here on website under Team Member's menu.)

Almost all of our players started playing rugby without any prior experience at all. Some may realize that this is not for them, but the few, the proud Cougars go on to represent BYU at a higher level even at the USA Women's Collegiate All American program, USA U20 National Team, and the US Women's National Team. Rugby is indeed one of the the best games on the planet.

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Penn St Holds Off BYU to Win 5th Straight Championship

By Aaron Morton, Deseret News - Published: Saturday, May 7 2016 4:00 p.m. MDT

MORAGA, California — The BYU women's rugby team showed a lot of fight in its first championship appearance, but the Cougars couldn't upend the Penn State powerhouse.

The Nittany Lions grounded out a 15-5 victory for their fifth-straight national title.

"We really gave it our all," BYU women's rugby head coach Tom Waqa said. "It's our first championship appearance. Our players represented their families and their school well. I thought we played our hearts out."

Penn State, which defeated Indiana 119-0 in the Big 10 championship, pinned the Cougars inside their own 22-meter line right from the start. The BYU forwards countered the talented Nittany Lions by disrupting their scrum and forced several turnovers.

"The scrum was huge for us," Waqa said. "It helps the team; the morale was high. It takes away some of their team’s offense, but we just couldn’t control the ball as well as Penn St did."

Penn State finally broke through midway through the first half on a cleaver kick and chase. Penn State doubled its advantage by driving a maul over the try line in the 34th minute. The Nittany Lions extended their lead to 15-0 in the 43rd minute with an impressive run down the right touchline.

BYU did have some impressive moments — including Nicole McCullough's deep drives into PSU territory and Jordan Gray's big hits, but couldn't find the goal area until the 79th minute when Rebekah Hebdon put the Cougars on the board with a try.

Women's College DI Elite Championships to air live on Rugby Channel

BYU Send Off! Admins & Cosmo

Moraga, California - The first Women's D1 Elite Final will see a familiar name in Penn State University who plays Brigham Young University at 1 p.m. PT. The Nittany Lions are coming off a D1 National Championships in 15s and sevens in 2015, while the Cougars' season received a boost in the fall with the institution recognizing the women's program as an extramural club team.

All five matches at the 2016 USA Rugby College 15s National Championships will be broadcast live on The Rugby Channel.

BYU over Dixie State in Last Home Game

Seniors after last game at BYU. Nalia, Amber, Nicole, Jessie, Erica, Jordan, Kaitlyn

Saturday April 9, 2016 -02:00pm MTN - By Emma Stewart

The Cougars took the field for one last time this past Saturday before they head off to Ellensburg Washington, to face Stanford. This marked the last home game for the senior players (Jennie Lewis, Nicole McCullough, Jordan Gray, Nalia Tafua, Amber Netane, Jessie Beck, Erica Allen, and Kaitlyn Evans) so the Cougars were looking for a good game against the new Dixie State team from St. George to round out the season.

The game started off with the Cougars on the attack. The BYU team started the scoring off with great run by Lindsay Sheridan. The Cougars found the try zone again in the first half through Nalia Tafua, Rebekah Hebdon, Jordan Gray, Analise Arnold, and Amber Netane all finding the try zone through good offense on behalf of BYU. The first half ended with the Cougars up 60-0 over Dixie State.

In the second half, Dixie came out with new resolve and held off the Cougars for the beginning of the second half. Many penalties and good defense by both teams kept scoring low in the second half. However, the Cougars fought their way into the try zone through Mack Olsen, and Kaitlyn Evans, with both Jessie Beck and Ali Smith taking the conversion kicks. The Cougars continued to hold off the new Dixie team and the game ended with the score being 97-0 to the Cougars.

With a win in the bag, the Cougars will head to Ellensburg next weekend to take on Stanford in the quarter finals for the USA Rugby D1 Elite National Tournament. If they make it past the Stanford side, the BYU Women will face the Central Wildcats for the second time this semester in the National Championship qualifying game.