BYU, Saint Mary's, Cal All Win Big

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Three of the top four teams in the nation were in action this weekend, and all three won big.


BYU Opens Seasons

BYU opened up its season with a 53-22 defeat of Grand Canyon in St. George, UT Saturday.

The Cougars were coming into the game relatively cold, while GCU had already logged games against Arizona (a loss), and San Diego State (a win). Too Laei, Tosh Wilcox, and Zach Webber all helped BYU to a 29-5 first-half lead. Maceo Brown got GCU’s lone try.

Christian Bucklin’s try nudged the ‘Lopes closer just before halftime, making it 29-12.

In the second half, Sam Merril went over for BYU and Brown scored his second for GCU, but after that BYU finished the stronger. Nalu Shortland scored two and Wilcox got his second, with Grand Canyon freshman Suwaiter Poch getting his team’s fourth of the day.

Overall it was a little bit messy at times, but a good start for BYU. Grand Canyon can take some solace in the fact that scoring four tries against BYU is a rarity.


Gaels 3-0 In Conference

Saint Mary’s moved to 3-0 in California Conference play with a 62-5 defeat of San Diego State. Having already dispatched Santa Clara and UCSB this year, the Gaels are in good shape with Cal Poly and UC Davis still left on the schedule.


Note - the remainder of the Saint Mary’s home games, including BYU and Cal, will be streamed LIVE on FloRugby.


Ronin Murphy, Aaron Matthews, and Tommy Wallace all scored early tries to stake Saint Mary’s to a 19-0 lead. Vili Helu continues to play strong rugby from the No. 8 position and he and fellow back row mate Alec Barton each scored to make it 36-5 at the break.

Ethan Waller rumbled in for two in the second half, and Charlie Louden and Tavitie Loptei also touched down, with scrumhalf Sam Yacoubian converting three in the first half and three in the second.

In three conference games, Saint Mary’s has scored 218 and allowed 12.


Cal Over Olympic Club

Cal took on Olympic Club and scored 13 tries in an 87-19 defeat of the men’s PRP team. 

Twelve different Bears scores, with Nic Mirhashem, Aidan Flynn, and Damon Wiley all scoring twice, and Jamies Howells notching 18 points on conversions.

Olympic Club, looking for some well-drilled, fit opposition, got it.

"It's great to be back on Witter Rugby Field in front of our fans, friends and families. There's no other place like it," said Flynn, whose tries came in the 18th and 52nd minutes. "Getting the win in front of the home fans was certainly good, too." 

The Olympic Club's scoring came on tries by Travis Moscone, Nick Wagner, and one more. Keegan Engelbrect, a three-time All-America flyhalf during his Cal career, converted twice.

"Cal is a great team, a great program no one is better coached," said Olympic Club head coach Ray Lehner, a captain, national champion and All-American as a Bear who went on to become an Oxford Blue and U.S. international. 

Added Englebrecht, "It was a great opportunity to come back and play on the field where we worked so hard as student-athletes."


Eagles Battle Inconsistency, Defeat Brazil

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After a somewhat scattered effort, the USA Men’s 15s national team moved to 4-0 in the Americas Rugby Championship with a 43-16 defeat of Brazil in Sao Paulo.

Eagles Must Look To Avoid Traps In Brazil

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Estadio Martins Pereira in São Jose Dos Campos, Brazil plays host to the USA and Brazil in Saturday's Americas Rugby Championship game, and despite the teams' relative records, this is a risky game for the Eagles.

No Backing Down: Life Hosts Davenport

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After a long winter Davenport finally gets to play a Mid-South Conference game, and will start off the so-called spring season at Life University.

OMBAC At Belmont Shore In Battle For The Top Of PRP

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Two undefeated teams meet up 3pm on the campus of Cal State Long Beach as Belmont Shore hosts OMBAC.

SFGG, Life West Choose Sides For PRP Round 3

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After a 2-0 start in the Pacific Rugby Premiership, San Francisco Gold Gate will take on a somewhat wounded and always dangerous Life West in Round 3 Saturday at 3pm on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay.

Olympic Club, Santa Monica Look For First Victory

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The Olympic Club and Santa Monica have named their lineups to face off in Round 3 of the Pacific Rugby Premiership Saturday afternoon in San Francisco.

After Statement Win, Gaels Want More

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Saint Mary's put an early stamp on its 2017-18 college season with a dominant win over BYU last week, but more challenges are coming the Gaels' way.

Life Women Put Out Welcome Mat For Capital Selects

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The Life University women's team had to battle for an ugly 12-5 win over the Atlanta Harlequins last week, and that's exactly what head coach Rosalind Chou has been looking to see from her team.

Men’s College Preview & Picks: Are More Surprises In Store This Weekend?

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There has been no shortage of unpredictable results this season, but perhaps none was more stunning than BYU's margin of defeat to Saint Mary's last week.

Men's College Player Of The Week: Payton Talea-Ilalio, Saint Mary's

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The success of Saint Mary's begins and ends with the scrum, and at the fulcrum of that, is prop Payton Telea-Ilalio.