BYU Handles USU in DI College Friendly

Saturday February 17, 2018 - 3:00pm Cougar Rugby News

Provo, UT - It was a fine day at Fort Utah Park when Utah State Women's Rugby visited Provo again at 1:00pm MST Saturday February 17, after a long hiatus spanning almost a decade. Fort Utah was the name of the first and second forts built in Provo when the settlers arrived in 1849. The first fort was located south of the Provo River about where I-15 crosses the Provo River today. It is the home of the official Provo City Rugby Field, one of the very few cities in the country with a designated rugby field for the community to play on.

It is only fitting that the game be played there, where (BYU) Womens Cougars and USU left off many years ago.

The game started really well for both sides. USU enjoyed some early possesion and put pressure on BYU's defense. The crowd can see talent on both sides, especially with USU #12 Jaynee Taufoou establishing some good dominating runs in the midfield.

BYU #9 Brooklyn Grange openned the scoring within 7 minutes into the game. This was followed by tries to Ogden, Taito, and McFadyen to put BYU up in half. BYU kickers struggled to convert these tries for more points. The score held 20-0 with BYU leading into halftime.

The second half started with BYU putting on some quick phases and #15 Janette Taufa dived over for the try beside the post. Reserve wing McFadyen converted to make it 27 - 0. Robinson ran a good line, and score with was again converted by McFadyen. BYU started to move the ball and make grounds as the defense started to tire. Taulapapa, Skipps, Taito, and Hinckley all added tries in the second half to end a good outing for Cougars. BYU had a good day in the tackling department as they held USU without any points for the day.

Taito & Skipps Lead BYU Past Dixie State

BYU Seniors pose after Dixie State Game Feb 10 2018

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - Cougar Rugby News

Saint George, UT - This last weekend, BYU’s Women’s Rugby Team traveled down south to play Dixie State University Women. With the sun shining and a cool breeze, the Cougars had an excellent first game introducing lots of new players in the newly renovated Legend Solar Stadium.

Led by a strong performance from BYU seniors, flanker Grace Taito 2016-2017 All American, and Sia Skipps, 2015-2016 All American No. 8, BYU, the game started with 15 minutes of feeling out, marred by multiple penalties, and infringements in the breakdowns, until a turnover ball from Taito went through the hands of Kathryn Stowers and on to Alisa Baker who sprinted past defenders to score under the post. Kainoa Ah Quinn converted to put BYU up 7 - 0. Dixie State applied some good pressure midway into the first half. BYU managed to put in some phrase plays together, and spun the ball wide for Genesis Hinckley to score out wide. Conversion went wide.

At 12 - 0 up, BYU was beginning to dominate the set pieces and the breakdown, with some good work rate from it's experienced loose forwards in Rachel Ogden, Taito, and Skipps. Lock Elle Peterson made break from BYU's 5m line and sprinted away, defense caught up with her, and the ever-present Alisa Blaker in support, carried it in for the try.

BYU kept on applying pressure and saw tries to multiple players in the first half, including Maya Wood (2), Taito, Skipps, Stowers, Janette Taufa to end the first half leading 54 - 0.

BYU made multiple changes at the beginning of the 2nd half. Dixie State came out strong from the break, and started applying pressure. Dixie drew the first points in 2nd half by scoring under post. Conversion went wide. Score remained at 54-5 BYU.

BYU Cougars at Dixie State Trailblazers - Preview

Monday February 10, 2018 - Cougar Rugby News Editor

Provo, UT: BYU will visit Dixie State University for a Women's Rugby Game, for the first time in program history this Saturday Feb 10, 2018.

BYU will feature some of the returning seniors with likes of 2015-2016 Women's Collegiate All American No. 8 Sia Skipps. She will be assisted in the backrow by Grace Taito, 2016-2017 Collegiate All American Flanker.

Emily Briggs, prop, who took part in the Women's DI Elite Final against Penn State in 2016 - just recently returned from a church mission, is expected to get some game time in her first outing since May 2016.

BYU is also expected to start some of the familiar names in program history. Notable names include Kai Ah Quinn (Jr All American Canada Tour 2017), Alisa Baker (pictured), and Scrumhalf/Center Kathryn Stowers (2015 High School All American).

Dallas McKee, Brianne Shaw, and Amenda Feao will lead Dixie State alongside some of the DSU seniors & returners from past year.

Kick off is set at 1.00pm MTN at the Legend Solar Stadium, Dixie State University, Saint George, UT. 

Fans, Parents and Supporters are welcome.

Photo: BYU Center/Wing, Alisa Baker, on the go forward drive. PC: Tabitha Sumsion, BYU Photo

BYU Women Takes on Alumni This Friday

Friday September 29, 2017 @ 6:00 MTN - Cougar Rugby News

The new look BYU Cougars will take on the Alumni team this Friday September 29, 2017 at 6:00pm MTN on Helaman Recreation Field, BYU Campus, 1600 N Canyon Rd, Provo UT 84604. This is becoming a tradition ever since the Cougars were officially added onto the Extramural Sports programs on October 8, 2015.

The BYU Women will feature some of the returning status such as Grace Taito taking up a new role as Captain of the team, Elle Peterson (lock), Telisha Tausinga (Hook), Kainoa Ah Quinn (Flyhalf/Fulback), Rachel Ogden ( Prop), and Lora Gubler (Flank).

Our Alumnis will feature some of the veterans, that campaigned for the Cougars in previous years - Monica Jackson, Nicole McCullogh, Justina Grubb, Chelsea Willes just to name a few.

Game is scheduled for Friday September 29, 2017 @ 6:00 MTN at Helaman Rec Field, BYU Campus. Referee: Aaron Ormsby


Game Recap:

Provo, UT: BYU started with 10 returners and 5 freshmans in the first half and held the Alumnis to a 8-0 lead. In the second half, BYU started working their depth with the students that are playing in their first rugby game. The Alumnis came back in the second half to score 3 quick tries and converted two.

Final Score: Alumni 19 BYU 8.




BYU Falls in Semi; Wins Thriller 3rd Place Matchup against Life

BYU Women's Rugby Spring DI Elite 3rd Place 2017.

Saturday May 6, 2017 - 1:00pm ET - Cougar Rugby News

MARIETTA, Ga. - 2016 National Champion Pennsylvania State University has again reached a Final following a 40-7 defeat of Brigham Young University Friday at the 2017 USA Rugby College 15s National Championships, setting up a Women's D1 Elite National Championship contest against Lindenwood University for Saturday, May 6.

In a rematch of last year's D1 Elite Final at Saint Mary's College, the Nittany Lions took the field against BYU in Georgia in defense of their title. The Cougars, who were narrowly defeated, 15-5, in Moraga, Calif., were up to the challenge Friday, striking first from a fifth-minute scrum in attacking territory. Full back Jessica Peterson made the touch-line conversion for Mackenzie Olsen's opener, and BYU held onto the lead through Women's Eagles Tess Feury's 15th-minute penalty kick until 30 minutes into the game.

Penn State moved into the ascendancy in terms of possession as the game grew, and was rewarded in the 28th minute when wing Sophia Pyrz took the ball over the line. Scrum half Carly Waters padded the lead to 15-7 leading into the break with a quick tap-turned-try on the final play.

BYU Through To DI Elite Final 4

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Cougar Rugby News. Photo: Lexi Tenney in full flight towards tryline during a CWU friendly April 8, 2017. PC: Tabitha Sumsion, BYU.

Davis, California - BYU Women's Rugby booked a spot to National Championship Final 4 Series in Marietta, Ga., having won it's Friday matchups against Chico State in DI/DI Elite Spring Round of 16 and overcame a strong UC Davis side in the Quarterfinal.

On Friday's South West Regional, Chico State took the first lead over BYU, as fullback Darby McFall converted her own try. McFall also converted outside center Stefani Vicino-Bergerhouse's try, but the Cougars ultimately out-powered the California team 67-14:

Justina Grubb (2T)
Grace Taito (2T)
Jess Peterson (T, 5C)
Alisa Baker (T)
Emma Workman (T)
Lauren Cranor (T)
Nicole McCullough (T)
Rachel Ogden (T)
Breann Duce (T)
Alexa Tenney (C)

During Saturday's spring quarterfinal, BYU held a 25-7 halftime lead over UC Davis, as Baylie Duce, Nicole McCullough, Alisa Baker and Lindsey Sheriden scored tries (Jess Peterson added a penalty and conversion) for the Cougars. Rebecca Lehman converted Aggies wing Prai Harris’ try. The home side rallied in the third quarter (Sydnee Watanabe and Tonya Wessman tries) to close in at 25-19, but then three tries (Grace Taito, Rebekah Hebdon, Lora Gubler) from BYU in 10 minutes put the game out of reach, 44-19.

The Women's DI Elite and DI Spring semifinals have been determined. Both occur May 5-6 at Lupo Family Field, Life University, Marietta, Ga.

DI Elite National Championship - Friday May 5, 2017.

Penn State v BYU @ 2pm ET
Lindenwood v Life @ 4pm ET

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