Monday, January 25, 2016

CWU Falls To Olympic Club, BYU & Utah Win

Tucked away in Ellensburg, Washington the Central Washington Wildcats have been slowly getting ready for a run at this years Varsity Cup title match. The drive toward accomplishing that goal began this last weekend as their gained experience in a 19-15 loss to Pacific Rugby Premiership side Olympic Club. For Olympic Club it was their last opportunity to get in a match before the start of the PRP season.

CWU were the first on the board despite their winter rust as Vili Toluta'u scored. A penalty from Scott Dean would put the Wildcats up 8-0. However, not having played a game outdoors in awhile caught up with them as Colin Hawley would score a try and Jake Anderson hitting a penalty to make it 8-8 at halftime.

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In the second half Carl Hendrickson would score for Olympic Club followed by another Anderson penalty to lead 16-8. The Wildcats made it close a little later when Dom Lindstrom was able to break away for a try with Dean converted. Still, the experience of Olympic Club won out in the end with another penalty from Anderson sealing the match at 19-15.

BYU Wins Red Rock Invitational

BYU, like the rest of the Utah sides, have been snowed in for awhile so the team headed down to the Red Rock Invitational in Mesquite, Nevada over the weekend. As expected BYU rolled through the mainly local competition in shortened matches. First up was Salt Lake Community College in a 65-0 win. Next was their most difficult match against Utah Valley but the Cougars still had little difficulty picking up the 26-10 result. They finished out the tournament with a 40-0 win over Weber State, 53-0 win over UNLV, and then a second win over UVU 50-0.

PAC Results

In a pair of PAC matches Utah beat Arizona while UCLA defeated Arizona State. In a terrific match the Utes came from behind to beat the Wildcats 39-31. At one point Utah trailed by 16 in the first half as three straight tries put Arizona up 19-3. Utah did well to fight back. They've had a young group over the last few years that is starting to peak at the right time. In the other match UCLA beat Arizona State 32-12. 

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