BYU rugby: Cougars score season high, set for Wasatch Cup rivalry
Provo, Utah — The BYU Cougars put up a season-high 112 points against the Dixie State College Red Storm on Saturday on South Field with 19 tries scored by 13 different Cougars.
“We wanted to have a good run today,” said prop Ray Forrester of the Cougars’ large scoring margin. “We wanted to tighten up our set piece today and I think we did that. It wasn’t really about the score, we just wanted to play good and play hard.”
The Cougars were paced by freshman scrum half Luke Mocke who tallied his first career hat trick for the Cougars all in the first half.
“He’s just an energizer bunny,” said BYU captain Ryan Roundy speaking of Mocke. “He just keeps running and he just wants to be a good little leader. He played a great game.”
On the back of Mocke’s trio of tries in the opening half, BYU took a 53-0 lead into the break.
As the subs rolled in, the scoring ramped up with 10 more tries by the Cougars, mixed with a lone drop goal by substitute halfback Inoke Funaki.
The final score rounded out to 112-0 as BYU now turns its attention to one of the biggest collegiate rugby rivalries in the country — the Wasatch Cup — pitting BYU against their rivals the University of Utah.
“I think our guys did well today,” BYU head coach David Smyth said. “Our guys took a step forward and now we can finish the regular season hosting Utah here on South Field in the Wasatch Cup. It should be a good game.”
The Wasatch Cup kicks off Friday, May 5 at 7 p.m. on South Field.
The team that wins the Wasatch Cup proves to be a predictor of who will play in the National Collegiate Championship game, with the Wasatch Cup victor playing for the title every year since 2005.
BYU has owned the Wasatch Cup, winning every match since 2006, with Utah’s most recent and lone Wasatch Cup victory coming in 2005.
Despite the trend of victories, Roundy knows Friday’s match will live up to past BYU-Utah matches.
“It’s probably the most fun game of the year,” Roundy said. “The intensity of the game and having them here on South Field will make this a big game. I’ve never lost to them [Utah] in the Wasatch Cup while I’ve been here at BYU and definitely in my last year I want to keep that intact.”
In the second match of the day, BYU’s 2nd XV took on Utah Valley University and won 27-5.
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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