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BYU rugby: Cougars blow out Aggies, prep for NYAC

By BYU Rugby

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, March 2 2013 6:40 p.m. MST

Provo, UT - The BYU Cougars ran rough-shod against the Aggies of Utah State on Saturday winning by the score of 91-3.

The Cougars dotted down 15 times led by prop David Williams, fullback Will Taylor, centers Chris Wernli and Lelann Latu, and freshman flanker Jon Layne who each scored a pair of tries.

The BYU scoring started in the 3rd minute as wing Richard Jones sprinted his way from 20 meters out for the game's opening try. The Jones try was set up by a deft interchange of passes between fellow wing Jordan Lowry, Taylor and Wernli from inside the Cougars' half of the field.

BYU backs coach Justen Nadauld said his players seemed to link together well not only to set up the opening try, but throughout the game.

"We had a freshman flyhalf and some relatively new guys out there today," Nadauld said. "But they kept working hard and did well to move the ball into space and keep things moving forward."

The Cougars continued their first half scoring campaign with six more tries before the break. Jones was solid converting the BYU tries going 5 for 7 in the opening half.

The Aggies lone score of the game came in the 38th minute as the USU scrum half scored a 30 meter drop goal from the left angle.

At the half, BYU would take a comfortable 45-3 lead in the Cougars' 2013 home opener at South Field.

"It was good to get out on South Field," said game-day captain Scott Gowdy. "The guys were working hard and fed off the energy of the crowd. We were working hard around the field and I thought we did a pretty good job making sure we took advantage of the opportunities that were given to us."

Gowdy and his teammates continued their hard work in the second half scoring eight more tries to round out the final score of 91-3.

BYU now turns its attention to 2012 Super League Champions New York Athletic Club who come to Provo next Saturday, March 9, in the aptly named Champions Challenge, pitting collegiate national champions against the top men's side in the country.

"Today was a good day," BYU head coach David Smyth. "We gave a lot of our younger guys a run and they played pretty well. But next week will be a big challenge for us. NYAC's probably the top rugby team in the USA and our guys are going to have a big opportunity ahead of them. We're looking forward to it."

BYU and NYAC kick off at 1 p.m. on South Field.

The Champions Challenge will be broadcast live on KSL.com and DesNews.com with other scoring and media updates available on both Twitter andFacebook.

Video from Saturday's match will be available online for on-demand viewing on BYURugby.com, KSL.com and DewsNews.com.

The BYU Rugby program is one of the school's most winning sports teams with just 19 losses in more than 20 years. BYU Rugby won the 2009 and 2012 Collegiate National Championship & has promoted 40 All-Americans. For more go to byurugby.com.

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