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Published: Saturday, April 5 2014 8:25 a.m. MDT

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URugbyfan
Murray, UT

It's great to see quality rugby coverage in the DNews, unfortunately the Tribune didn't even mention this game which is one of the best sporting events in the state every single year. Yesterday's Wasatch Cup was not exception.

Both BYU and Utah rugby will be playing the the Varsity Cup playoffs, I hope the DNews covers both BYU AND Utah as they progress through the tournament. Both teams are top 10 programs, both teams have small fan bases that could really start to grow if the local media just let people know how much 1st class rugby we have in the state.

deductive reasoning
Arlington, VA

BYU owns Utah in Rugby.

Striker
Omaha, NE

Yet another domination! It never gets old! Little bro can't hang with its National Championship brother.

Gary Kinney
Huntington Beach, CA

Great game last night. The one thing I love about the game of rugby is the respect the players have for it and how it should be played with honor and good sportsmanship. I was impressed when a BYU player was penalized toward the end of the 1st half and as he is walking off the field back to his bench area he had to walk by the Utah bench. I witnessed several coaches etc. from Utah extend a hand of friendly support to the athlete as he walked off. That is the beauty of a sport that is played with proper perspective and respect. Also, in the post game ceremony for the awarding of the Wasatch Cup, the BYU player speaking to the crowd acknowledged the Utah team and how much he appreciated playing them. He was showing great respect to his opponent. Thank you BYU and Utah rugby teams for doing it the right way. Good luck to all.

Gone fishin
PAC Country, CA

Deductive,
And baseball, basketball over the last 10 years. Utes rule in gymnastics and underwater basket weaving.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Gone fishin

...and football. Don't forget that Utah owns that minor sport too.

Congrats on the club sport victory though.

MyPerspective
Salt Lake City, UT

Gone fishin
PAC Country, CA

"And baseball, basketball over the last 10 years. Utes rule in gymnastics and underwater basket weaving."

Comments like this clearly show how much byu fans are hurting over Utah leaving them behind. The Des News made a bigger deal out of this rugby match than they did for the Deseret Duel going to the Utes in January.

Serious question...
Is rugby sanctioned by the NCAA or is it a club sport? Anyone??

SoonerUte
Salt Lake City, UT

That's weird. I don't see "rugby" listed in Deseret First Duel score page where Utah leads 41 to 6. This win might have helped the Cougars break out of the single digits.

Oh, wait. Rugby is a club sport, not an official sport at the university. That raises the question, "If the actions at BYU-I and BYU-H are a trend, will rugby continue as a club sport when official sports are eliminated at the BYU-P campus?"

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

I do enjoy those last 3 bitter posts from some utah "fans". lol

MyPerspective
Salt Lake City, UT

SoonerUte

That's what I thought...it's a club sport. So who cares? I'm pleased that Utah has their rugby team again.

MyPerspective
Salt Lake City, UT

Duckhunter
Highland, UT
"I do enjoy those last 3 bitter posts from some utah "fans". lol"

I'm thrilled you enjoy those posts, Duck but I'm certain that you are not particularly enjoying the fact that the only area left where byu has superiority over their rival is club sports. lol.

midpacmajor
Salt Lake City, Utah

Despite their denials, it's obvious that Utah fans would rather beat BYU than go to a bowl or the Big Dance.

Little brother syndrome lives strong on the hill.

It's laughable that Utah fans beat their chests about Utah being ranked in the Top 10, then try to minimize the loss as only a "club sport", when Utah's only claim to fame in the two major sports of football and basketball came versus a schedule that wouldn't even count as a club sport schedule.

MyPerspective
Salt Lake City, UT

midpacmajor
Salt Lake City, Utah

"...when Utah's only claim to fame in the two major sports of football and basketball came versus a schedule that wouldn't even count as a club sport schedule."

You realize, right, that Utah is a member of an elite conference which sets their schedule apart from anything byu fans can only dream about. If that's news to you, then it is abundantly clear that you are no sports fan.

BYU9293
Clinton, UT

To Gary Kinney,
Great comment, I loved it. That is what sports should be all about and that type of sportsmanship and respect should be showed by the fans as well. Thank you for an awesome comment.

Sports Are Great
Salt Lake City, UT

No perspective, checked this story 3 times, each time hoping the result was different? Too funny! Your angst is clear, and it makes me laugh. I'm so happy that byu bothers you so. I smile knowing that every time you think of byu, which is often, you get upset. It makes me happy to know that byu consumes your thoughts. Thanks!

Solomon Levi
Alpine, UT

MyPerspective

"You realize, right, that Utah is a member of an elite conference which sets their schedule apart from anything byu fans can only dream about."

Utah's 1944 basketball schedule, to which midpacmajor was referring, was by far the worst basketball schedule ever played by an NCAA tournament winner.

So how have things changed today?

Utah played one of the absolute worst preseason basketball schedules in the country (which, ironically, would still be considered a marked improvement from their 1944 schedule).

Bottom line:

BYU OOC SOS #3, overall SOS #17
Utah OOC SOS #347, overall SOS #104

Regardless of which conference you're in,

#17 SOS > #104 SOS

Only someone living under that crimson bubble on the hill would even try to dispute that.

Solomon Levi
Alpine, UT

MyPerspective

"You realize, right, that Utah is a member of an elite conference which sets their schedule apart from anything byu fans can only dream about."

Utah's 1944 basketball schedule, to which midpacmajor was referring, was by far the worst basketball schedule ever played by an NCAA tournament winner.

So how have things changed today?

Utah played one of the absolute worst preseason basketball schedules in the country (which, ironically, would still be considered a marked improvement from their 1944 schedule).

Bottom line:

BYU OOC SOS #3, overall SOS #17
Utah OOC SOS #347, overall SOS #104

Regardless of which conference you're in,

#17 SOS > #104 SOS

Only someone living under that crimson bubble on the hill would even try to dispute that.

Ed Grady
Idaho Falls, ID

Does BYU's Rugby coach know anything about football?

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Solomon Levi

I'm not sure where you got your numbers, but according to Sagarin...

SOS:

Utah 70
BYU 68

plyxply
SLC, UT

Rugby? Is it ever a sanctioned sport? How many colleges actually have teams, 10? Congrats to BYU #3 for beating the second worst rugby team in college club sports.
I will say at least Rugby is a man's sport, unlike some of these made up sports like lacrosse where anyone who can walk can play.

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