BYU rugby dominates UCLA

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The BYU Cougars scored a season-high 103 points against the UCLA Bruins Saturday on the South Field, which set them on the path to the semifinals against Life University.

The Cougars dominated UCLA as they found holes in the Bruin backline and capitalized on every opportunity. The Bruins also scored a season-high 27 points.

“I think they capitalized on our mistakes,” senior Mikey Su’a of BYU said. “Their tries were all off of our mistakes.”

BYU’s excellent chemistry was on a season high as well, with 11 players scoring a total of 15 tries. BYU senior scrumhalf Shaun Davies scored 40 points from two tries, two penalties, and 12 conversions, missing only 4 of his 16 attempted goals.

“In this game everything clicked and came together,” Davies said.

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Junior flanker Ryan Roundy makes a pass in Saturday's game against UCLA.
BYU gained an advantage in the first minute of the game as Davies’ shot at the goal came right from the opening kick-off as UCLA was penalized for shepherding only 30 minutes out. Davies cleared the goal and the scoreboard marked 3-0 for the Cougars.

An offsides UCLA penalty led to Davies’ second penalty goal in the sixth minute.

The Cougars first half ended with tries from prop Ray Forrester and center Seki Kofe after BYU turned a UCLA scrum over.

BYU took a 44-point lead into half time and despite UCLA’s efforts in the next 20 minutes, the Cougars finished strong with wing Will Taylor getting two and back Malosi Te’o and flanker Braden Bair also scoring to make it 103-24.

BYU faces #3 ranked Life University in the semifinals in Marietta, GA on May 12. Kick-off is set for 10 pm MST and will be webcast live on www.liferunningeagles.com.

 

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