The BYU rugby 7s “A” team defeated Utah 38-5 to capture the Cougars 7s Invitational trophy on a day where high temperatures created grueling circumstances.
“We actually had to change the format,” BYU student assistant coach Ishmael Tilialo said. “Some teams, like Idaho State, were down to just eight guys. That’s dangerous.”
The formatting change resulted in removing two matches entirely. The top four seeds (BYU’s “A” and “B” teams, Utah Valley University and the University of Utah) played in semi-finals matches while the remaining four teams (Salt Lake Community College, Weber State University, Dixie State University and Boise State University) played friendlies.
The Cougars “A” squad defeated the “B” squad and Utah defeated Utah Valley in semi-finals contests to decide championship match.
Both teams were very successful overall. BYU went undefeated in pool play and outscored their opponents 200-14. Utah also went undefeated and outscored their opponents 124-20.
“With the heat, and everything else, I thought our guys played really well,” BYU head coach David Smyth said. “I think they did really well. They’re getting into their groove, and I’m pleased.”
Three different players scored in the blowout championship victory. Calvin Whiting (three times), Josh Whippy (twice), and Ryan Blaser (once).
BYU assistant coach Wayne Tarawhiti didn’t mince words when asked about the victory over the rival Utes.
“It’s always good,” Tarawhiti said. “It’s always good to beat Utah.”
The Cougars will participate in another sevens tournament in Boise, Idaho next Saturday.