BYU rugby defeats Dixie State

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Ryan Roundy dives for a try against Air Force at South Field in a game last season. (Universe Photographer)
Ryan Roundy dives for a try against Air Force at South Field in a game last season. (Universe Photographer)The BYU Rugby team annihilated Dixie State on Saturday, defeating the Red Storm 112-0.

The BYU rugby team dominated Dixie State 112 – 0 on Saturday.

Dixie State played through the entire game, despite missing a few key players.

“I give Dixie State credit for coming up here,” assistant coach Wayne Tarawhiti said. “It’s not easy, obviously, they had a few of their team (members) that were missing.”

The Cougars brought the Red Storm back to their own try-area, time after time, ever-increasing their lead.

“I thought the boys did well,” coach David Smyth said. “I was pleased with their intensity. I was happy.”

The Cougars tried to emphasize playing this game like any other, even though they knew they would probably win.

“I’m kind of happy with the outcome because our last game against Southern Utah, we didn’t get up for it, and we knew Dixie was a better team,” Lock player T.J. Allred said. “We wanted to make sure we got up for this game (and) treated it like any other game.”

Tarawhiti said that facing off against Dixie State was a good preparation for next week’s game against the University of Utah.

“Utah is going to be a physical game,” he said. “As long as we can execute properly and maintain position, that will certainly help.”

The Cougars will host the Utes next Friday for the Wasatch Cup. Friday’s game will be held on BYU’s South Field and will begin at 7 p.m.

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