BYU rugby: Cougars in championship game for 7th consecutive year

Published: Thursday, May 17 2012 7:33 p.m. MDT

Smyth said that last week's contest prepared his team for this weekend's challenge.

"I don't think you could go through a game like that and not be better prepared. It could have been a final. That was the intensity and magnitude of the game and how good of a team they are. The boys are a little bit sore from what they went through last week, but we're pretty healthy. We're trying to keep them at a peak so they fire on all cylinders."

Once again, BYU is happy to be playing close to home, before a large crowd of Cougar fans, at Rio Tinto Stadium. They're just looking for a different outcome.

"Last year was a fantastic experience right up until the last five minutes of the game. Then it took a turn for the worst," Smyth said. "We have a little bit of a different team from last year, but the backbone is there. The experience is there. That's what we've depended on all season and hopefully on Saturday they will take us home one more time."

email: jeffc@desnews.com

How to follow the action

The Deseret News and KSL will be streaming the rugby championships at Rio Tinto Stadium this weekend.

Saturday's DI-A championship between BYU and Arkansas State, which starts at 7:30 MT, will not be streamed by KSL and the Deseret News, but it can be watched via the Internet live on ESPN3.

Below is the schedule (all times MT):

Friday (admission to Friday's games is free)

Game 1: College Division II semi-finals Lindenwood vs. Utah Valley, 11 a.m.

Game 2: College Division II semi-finals Salisbury vs. Townson, 1 p.m.

Game 3: College Division I-AA semi-finals Tennessee vs. San Diego State, 3 p.m.

Game 4: College Division I-AA semi-finals Davenport vs. Dartmouth, 5 p.m.

Saturday

Game 1: High school club championship TBD, 10 a.m.

Game 2: High school championship, TBD, noon

Game 3: College Division II championship Winner 1 vs. Winner 2, 2 p.m.

Game 4: College Division I-AA championship Winner 3 vs. Winner 4, 4:30 p.m.

Game 5: College Division I-A championship BYU vs. Arkansas State, 7:30 p.m. (On ESPN 3/Internet)

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