Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
The BYU Cougars ran away from Cal Poly SLO today by the score of 89-8 as the Cougars played a total of 29 players in the game.
BYU was more judicious with their possession turning it over less than half the previous day’s total of 29. With the increased possession and continuity the Cougars were able to score 13 total tries.
BYU started quickly today just as they did yesterday, but this time it was junior prop Ray Forrester taking the ball at pace from 20 meters out to cut the defense and score under the posts.
Freshman center Josh Whippy again led the BYU scoreline with a first-half hat trick of tries with 9 other players getting in on the scoring action.
The try of the game came in the 50th minute as junior wing Alex Hill gathered a ball 40 meters out under pressure and put a looping junior flyhalf Dylan Lubbe away down the sideline.
As Lubbe scampered down the sideline he chipped over the covering Cal Poly defense to sophomore hooker Ishmael Tilialo who dove on the ball in the endzone. Tilialo’s try advanced the BYU lead to 61-3 and it was a moment of being in the right place at the right time said Tilialo.
“Dylan didn’t have a clean lane to pass me the ball,” he said, “So I just saw him chip it over and I capitalized on being where I needed to be and jumped on the ball before it went out of bounds.”
Cal Poly for their part scored a penalty kick in the 48th minute to negate the shutout at 54-3. The Mustangs would score again in the closing minute of the game with a push over maul to round out final whistle score of 89-8.
“It was a good effort,” said BYU head coach David Smyth, “The boys were much more careful with the ball and went through the phases nicely and were rewarded well for their efforts.”
The Cougars now have the next week off before they prepare for their 2011 season opener against Utah Valley University at South Field on February 26th. Kick off is set for 1pm.
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BYU Starting Lineup vs. Cal Poly
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