By Kyle Aldous
The BYU rugby team faced off with Utah State over the weekend in a game that was a good showing of BYU”s depth and skill, as the Cougars secured a 50-9 victory.
The game was BYU”s last home game of the season, as they now head into the playoffs.
The game was fast-paced from the beginning, as both teams came close to scoring on several occasions.
The first try was scored by freshman David Root from Salt Lake City, and from that moment, the Cougars proceeded to run all over the Aggies.
BYU”s forward play was excellent, as they scored five tries in the first half, giving them a 25-6 lead. The only points for the Aggies came off two penalty kicks. There were several great runs made by Vito Qaga, and Ikani Taumoepeau, helping the Cougars maintain control of the game.
“We”re successful when we play our style of rugby, and that”s what we did today,” junior Steve St. Pierre said.
In the second half, the Cougars did not show any signs of complacency and continued playing hard, as they put more points on the board, eventually winning the game 50-9.
The Cougars looked comfortable and poised as they closed out the game.
“We can compete physically against anyone,” St. Pierre said. “We are just trying to make sure that we stay mentally strong as we head into the play-offs.”
The next time the Cougars play will be April 20th, as they begin the playoffs at Witter Rugby Field in California.