Utes, Zoomies close gap in Western Conference in Week 7

D1A Rugby: Utes, Zoomies close gap in Western Conference in Week 7
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Utah (2-0) @ Arizona (1-2)

Utah defeated the Wildcats 68-15 in Tucson. With a 17-10 score line at the half, the game was tight. But the Utes scored seven unanswered tries in the second period.

Arizona’s Damian Vaugn breaks multiple tackles in Saturday’s game against Utah. (Photo Credit: Rodger Elkins)

Ute standout Don Pati was his electric self and scored a hat trick.

“We stopped playing in the second half. We need to determine why,” said Arizona’s head coach, Dave Sitton.

The Wildcats head to Utah next week to play the other Utah powerhouse, BYU, in Provo. Utah will play host to Arizona State at McCarthy Field in Salt Lake City.

With the win, Utah moves to 2-0 and is clipping at the heels of BYU. The two Utah powers will hash things out in the highly anticipated Wasatch Cup match on April 7.

Official score pending

Colorado (2-2) @ Air Force (1-1)

The CU Buffaloes fell to the Zoomies at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo. on Friday after a hard fought 80 minutes. Air Force had eight different try scorers in the clash.

Air Force half back Michael Fleming had a 75% strike rate with the boot, giving his team 12 handy conversions and one penalty. The Buffs converted less than half of their seven tries.

While Air Force had event distributed scores, Stewart Cox of CU had a hat trick on the right wing and inside center Brendan Cox had a brace.

Both teams have a weekend to regroup before they return to D1A play.

Air Force 55

Tries: Bristol, Schuetze, Roller, Ollis, Edwards, Nickerson, Umodu, Lundin

Cons: Fleming (6)

Pens: Fleming

Colorado 44

Tries: S. Cox (3), Quattrini, Martin, B. Cox (2)

Cons: Trublet de Nermont (3)

Pens: Trublet de Nermont

BYU (3-0) @ Wyoming (0-2)

The BYU Cougars took care of Wyoming 85-10 in Laramie to extend their lead atop the Western Conference. The Cowboys managed to get two scores, but in the end it was all BYU.

The cool hand and consistency of scrum half Shaun Davies has been key to ignite the Cougars backline. Paul Lasike has emerged as perhaps the most dominant center in college rugby and ran in three against Wyoming.

BYU hosts Arizona next week in Provo and Wyoming travels south to Fort Collins to take on the Colorado State Rams.

BYU 85

Tries: Taylor, Laei(3), Tuaone, Lowry(2), Sumison, Laisike(3), Leaaetoa, Ott

Cons: Davies (8), Leaaetoa (2)

Wyoming 10

Tries: Thrash, Loftness