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Utah Rugby Update

Posted By: Mowatt
Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Here is the Utah Rugby Newsletter. Thanks to Hugh Brown.

Utes are currently ranked 4th in the nation behind Cal, BYU and St. Mary's

UTAH RUGBY UPDATE(February 17, 2009)


Last weekend the University of Utah firmly established itself as a top ten collegiate rugby team with wins over national ranked Cal Poly and Texas A&M. In Thursdays match in San Diego, Cal Poly jumped out to a 10-0 halftime lead. Pat Jones try and Scott Cowleys conversion cut that margin to 10-7 at the start of the second half, but that was all the scoring until the final six minutes of play when Zach Taylor scored a try from his center position and Cowleys kick gave Utah a 14-10 lead. A.J. Tuineau then intercepted a pass and scored to up the lead to 19-10. The Mustangs roared back with a try of their own to cut the lead to 19-15, but Cowley ended the contest with a try and a conversion during injury time for a final 26-15 Utah victory. Mike Wunderli played an outstanding game.

Texas A&M traveled to San Diego with a 10-1 record. The Aggies fielded a massive forward pack and held their own in the first half of Fridays match, trailing Utah by just 10-7 at the break. Mike Fairbanks had the Utes first half try and Scott Cowley the conversion and a penalty kick. Spencer Vickery entered the contest in the second half and the Ute forwards took control. Camden Burd and Zach Taylor scored trys, Cowley had a conversion and a penalty goal, and Mike Harman added three points on a drop kick as Utah won 28-12.


The University of Colorado knocked the University of Utah out of the national championships last year with a 31-30 win over the Utes. Utah will be looking for redemption this Saturday when they take on the Rams in Moab, Utah at 1:00.


Utah will field a four team Division I club league this spring made up of teams from Park City, Provo, St. George, and Salt Lake City. A possible fifth team, the Utah Saints, was not able to get organized in time. Park City Haggis and the Provo Steelers appear to be the two dominate sides. The Salt Lake Spartans are an unknown new team and St. George has fielded a club side for several years and is just moving up to Division I.
The regular season will kick off in St. George on March 6 and 7. It will determine the final spring standings that will be used in determining Utahs playoff spots in the Pacific Coast Rugby Football Union. The top three Utah teams will then meet the second through fourth seeded NorCal clubs. The winners of these games, along with the top seeded NorCal team, will advance to play the top four SoCal clubs for the right to advance to the West RFU playoffs. The top two teams from the West RFU games will then move on to the Final Four against the top two East RFU teams. Hats off to all those in the Utah RFU who helped put this together!


There are currently fifteen high school programs in Utah. They have been split into two divisions for 2009 with an end of season state tournament to determine the states automatic bid to the national tournament.

The 2nd Annual High School Rugby Spring Warm-Up in St. George will be held March 6th and 7th at Snow Canyon High School Rugby field. This event is for High School and U19 programs. Ben Knudson is the Executive Chair, and Al Short the Vice Chair, for the Utah Youth Program. In a big push to develop youth rugby, Murray Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a non-contact youth league (flag rugby, as you will) starting in June. For more information contact Ben Knudson at benk@mstarmetro.net.


The United States 7s had a great day Saturday at the San Diego 7s Tournament. The Eagles started strong and almost beat South Africa before falling 15-14 as the Springboks scored a try with 40 seconds remaining to win the match. Undaunted the U.S. came back and defeated Australia 17-12 and Canada 26-0 to reach the Cup quarterfinals.

On Sunday the Eagles defeated Kenya 14-7 to advance to the semi-finals for the first time since 2001 where they squared off against Argentina, 21-5 winners over Samoa. Once again the U.S. played great rugby, leading 15-5 before the Pumas rallied to win 19-14. Argentina went on to upset England in the finals an identical 19-14 score.


In San Diego, BYU defeated Texas A&M 36-15 and Central Washington 43-5. Navy beat Colorado 23-10. San Diego State defeated UC Santa Barbara 29-0. California played three games in one day, beating Navy 54-7, Virginia Military Institution 88-3, and Wyoming 61-37, although the Cowboys gave the Golden Bears a battle, trailing at one point by only 28-17.

Colorado State defeated Northern Colorado 29-17. St. Marys beat UC Davis 50-21 after trailing 21-0. Sacramento State edged Nevada 17-12. Tennessee beat North Carolina 22-12. Arkansas State remained undefeated as they crushed Clemson 91-0 and South Carolina 102-8. LSU downed Texas 58-3. Washington beat Oregon 29-5 and Washington State edged Oregon State 15-5.

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Mowatt icon NEW: Utah Rugby Update
Mowatt - -- Tuesday 17 February 2009, at 12:13 pm [ID# 780810] [reply]
Vegas Ute icon NEW: Thanks for the updates... Really I am glad someone on the board keeps us updated on Utah Rugby.
Vegas Ute - Top 25 Poster -- Tuesday 17 February 2009, at 12:41 pm [ID# 780819] [reply]
CincyUte icon NEW: Thanks for the updates. Here's an interesting tidbit from last week's newsletter:
CincyUte - Top 25 Poster -- Tuesday 17 February 2009, at 02:26 pm [ID# 780908] [reply]
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