Rugby National Championship Game - Rio Tinto Stadium - May 21, 2011BYU vs CaliforniaPaid attendance 10,139 + 2,000 comp tickets =
12,139THE LARGEST crowd EVER to see a non-international Rugby match
in US History!Congrats BYU fans on a great turnout to support your
@ TheTruth801That's like watching the Royal Wedding on TV and
claiming your married to Prince William!
@fox kidsIf the clubs/sponsors want money and viewership, they'd be
smart to keep it in Sandy. BYU fans national fanbase will watch, and
a local stake center will send 11K to physically attend.
Great match on Saturday. Cal and BYU are really head and shoulders above any
other college rugby teams, thus they meet in the finals every year and I don't
see any change in this moving forward.The crowd was tremendous - I
believe a record for any college rugby match. Historically it is hosted at
Stanford at their Steuber Rugby Stadium, which has holds about 660 permanent
seats and then they add additional bleachers. The most I have seen attend is
around 1500 or so the past several years.Hopefully Rio Tinto will be
the site moving forward and I think we will see the crowds continue to grow
especially as Cal and BYU continue to play in the finals given their elite
status versus the competition. With the exception of some NorCal rugby teams
which feed the Cal pipeline some, Utah is the hotbed for US youth rugby.
@ TheTruth801That's like being a meat packer from Green Bay and
claiming you deserve a Super bowl Ring.
@KatiebuggLOL. Another good one!
@ TheTruth801That's like being the waterboy for a Championship
Cal is making rugby a club sport starting next year. No more scholarships
should hurt their team. The Lacross National title is not the official NCAA
title, it is more like the equivilent to the division II National Title.
I was in the crowd and we fought valiantly. I thought we had a chance before
the game, but in the end they were too much. No shame in losing to such a
storied program, though. Maybe we can get them next year (if its still a
scholarship sport for Cal).
How about Highland? They did it again! Twenty titles. All those young
missionaries under "coach" in the mission field (Larry Gelwix) will
learn and be inspired for the next five years. He has a knack, a gift, for
getting the most out of young people using the spirit. Way to go Larry G.,
blessing to your and yours in the interesting times ahead.
@In StichesLOL. That was good. Let's do some more of those.It's like his friend took the home coming queen to prom. Of course he didn't
even go. He wants credit for his buddies date. LOL. Classic.
TheTruth801Gotta love the "logic" on the hill: "MY
team can't beat you, but we are loosely associated with a good team that can.
LOL" That's like being in the same homeroom with your high
school valedictorian -- it's nice, but it still doesn't get YOU a scholarship.
ThehalfTruth801And U lost to an independent school and were
destroyed by that PAC 12.
Yes, the Cougars lost to a pac-12 team, but it certainly wasn't east high on the
@ TheTruth801Study practical significance and statistical
significance...both will serve you in a negative way.Utah got served
by Cal and gave up 64 points.Utah got served by BYU and gave up
about 20 points.BYU lost to Cal by 7 points, and had 2 knock-ons
that were feet away from beating Cal.So, now that utah is joinging
the Pac, could you please also step up your "fan" intelligence?
@ TheTruth801How did utah do against Cal? LOL... or even against
BYU... LOLBYU beat ASU (a PAC 11.1 team) for the Lacrosse Title. LOL
BYU Lacrosse is a club team....nice club title. Do you guys play Duke? NO
I am often disappointed with the match-up in a championship game because the
team's right to be there is questionable. This, on the other hand,
was highly satisfying. These were clearly the best two teams in the nation.
None of their other opponents even made the games look close. I
wish the cougars had won, but I'm happy that the best teams played a close game
and hope Rugby gains more US fans.
truth 801Not sure if you're a BYU friend or foe, but it was reported
Friday on 104.7 the Zone, that Cal will drop Rugby as a scholarship sport in
2012 and they will be a club sport then too...LOL
BYU's team is a club team....nice club championship...clappingOh by
way, they lost to a Pac 12 school...LOL
Great season. Runner guy, I second BYUtv getting this match live if the Cougars
are there again next year.Laser | 6:21 a.m. May 22, 2011 Iowa
City, IA "Great effort team! Congrats to the Bears. They are a great
team. Overall not a bad day for Cougars sports. Played for two national
championships going 1 for 2. Lacrosse team national champs again!"Laser, I didn't realize BYU was such a lacrosse power. But I'm also having
difficulty substantiating your claim that they are in fact the lacrosse nation
champion. Typically schools like Duke, Syracuse, Johns Hopkins, Delaware, etc
dominate the lacrosse championships. Further, the NCAA website doesn't have BYU
in neither the men's nor women's lacrosse brackets (for which the tourneys are
in semi-finals right now). Perhaps there is another source besides
the one that actually counts (NCAA) that would have rewarded BYU the
"Lacrosse national championship?" Perhaps BYU's team is a club team?
Just wondering where you got this info....
Utah is the hotbed of rugby in America. Fantastic crowd last night. If
U.S.A.Rugby is smart they will hold it there again next year. BYU TV
needs to try and get this match shown live.
Happy for BYU. The U.S. does not play it enough, Fewer injuries than football.
These kids do not don a uniform with which to punish their opponents.
Disappointing turnout? That was the most that have been at the championship game
in awhile. When it's in California there is only a few thousand people, and it's
played in a high school stadium. In Utah it was played in a pro-sized stadium,
and the turnout on Saturday was about 12,000. I'd say that's pretty good.
First time I attended a rugby game. Won't be the last! After seeing what they
are like I can't wait the next one.
@JohnJacob......Were you there? I was and I thought there was a
great turnout. We know you're a BYU basher so apparently that was the only
thing that you could think of to say that might make BYU look bad. Try a little
harder next time.
That was dissapoiting turnout. Come on people.
The game was lots of fun. I'm definitely a rugby fan now and looking forward to
watching BYU on a regular basis.
It's amazing how, in any sport, teams that annihilate most of their opponents
have low scoring affairs when they meet each other.Tough loss. At
least BYU gets to that title game consistently, and did win one of them
recently.Just need to get over the hump. But no embarrassment in a
close loss to another great team.Keep it up, Cougars! Thanks for the
They sure know how to play keep away, keep on trying Cougar Rugby.
Actually I thought BYU made poor decisions throughout the contest. BYU kept chip
kicking and it burnt them every time.BYU needs to play better clubs during
the season to make them a stronger club at the end of the year. No shame in
losing to Cal. BYU needed to play smarter but they will learn. Congrats on a
Tuff way to end a brilliant season, build on the experience and 2012 is yours.
Great effort team! Congrats to the Bears. They are a great team. Overall not a
bad day for Cougars sports. Played for two national championships going 1 for 2.
Lacrosse team national champs again!
Sounded like it was a very hard fought game and Cal proved a bit too much for
the Cougs once again. Good luck next year boys! You played your hearts out but
made too many errors too it sounds like. We're still proud of you though. Go
Cougs. Let's try to get over that hump next year.
Amazing game! We will be there again next year and the year after.