Wednesday, May 13, 2009

BYU vs. Cal: "The Miracle" photos

The BYU Rugby team: 2009 National ChampionsMy beloved BYU Rugby fans... if you have never taken a moment to check out the BYU Rugby photo archives this season, I encourage you to do so now. Paul Meyers has captured Our boys' finest moments as they snatched the National Title throne right out from under Cal, a moment that many of us will never forget! Please take a few minutes to enjoy the plethora of photos by clicking the following link:

National Championship, Final Match: BYU vs.
Cal Berkeley

2009 BYU Rugby team, coaches, and staff - pregame photoTeam Captain Steve St. Pierre leads the Cougars onto the field
Our boys in file for the national anthemLock Kyle Sumsion contends for possession of the line-out ballThe BYU Rugby defense swarms a Cal prop, stopping his advanceWinger Jordan Lowry looks for support as he gets wrapped up by a Cal defenderLock Kyle Sumsion goes to ground with a stack of BYU forwards in position to ruck overWinger Vito Qaqa and 8-man Steve St. Pierre stop the Cal forward pushCenter Paul Lasike offloads to 8-man Steve St. Pierre after accumulating too much Cal baggageLock Kyle Sumsion relentlessly reaches for the try, splitting two Cal defendersCenter Tupu Folau seals the deal defensively to stop a very shifty Cal backTeam Captain & 8-man Steve St. Pierre runs into some Cal congestionLock Kyle Sumsion jumps comfortably for the uncontested line-outCenter Paul Lasike runs into a web of Cal forwardsFlanker Apenisa Malani - The fake - Will he pass to Vito or not? Cal's Dustin Muhn found out too lateCaptain Steve elects to take it straight up with Cal's tired Eric Fry in pursuitWinger Vito Qaqa - The 'never give up' tryFullback Sam Thorley shakes a Cal forward to gain some groundCenter Paul Lasike kicks a penalty goal from 38 meters to tie the game - 2-step approach, 3 points awardedWinger Vito Qaqa gets that look in his eye as he spies green space aheadCenter Tupu Folau stiff-arms a Cal defender as BYU fans look on intentlyScrumhalf Shaun Davies runs into touch in anticipation of the final whistleBYU Rugby players and fans rush the field to immediately celebrate the miracle victoryBYU Rugby players and fans swarm together, celebrate the winCoach Wayne Tarawhiti hugs Flanker Nate Maughan in a moment of great emotionCenters Tupu Folau and Paul Lasike take a knee, sobered by the victoryHead Coach David Smyth and Flanker Nate Maughan enjoy a moment of congratulationThe BYU Rugby team shakes hands with the Cal Rugby team, both teams humbled by the outcomeCal Rugby standouts, Eric Fry and Keegan Engelbrecht, look on as BYU receives the coveted National Championship trophyTeam Captain Steve St. Pierre accepts the National Championship trophy on behalf of the BYU Rugby teamScrumhalf Shaun Davies celebrates his MVP, 'Minuteman of the Match', trophyBYU Rugby players, Isi, Vito, and Pila, hoist their gold medals highSenior BYU Rugby players, Sam, Nate, and Steve - FINALLY, National Champs!Flyhalf Dylan Lubbe assays the purity of his first-ever, gold medalThe BYU Rugby team gathers near the scoreboard for pictures with their gold medalsCoach Wayne Tarawhiti publicly leads the BYU Rugby team in the Haka for the first time in 3 yearsBYU Rugby coaches, Tarawhiti, Smyth, Kjar, and Nadauld, come together with the coveted trophy and scoreboardBYU Rugby Alumni join with former coach John Seggar for a scoreboard shotFreshmen BYU Rugby players, Kyle Sumsion, Jordan Lowry, and Collin Bush enjoy their trophy momentHooker Joey Mount and Coach Wayne Tarawhiti, National Champs and all smilesTeam Captain Steve St. Pierre and former Coach John Seggar pose with the National Championship trophyBYU Rugby players and staff come together for a trophy shotFlyhalf Dylan Lubbe and Scrumhalf Shaun Davies, the South African duo, trophies on displayThe BYU Rugby team enjoys a moment of celebration with fans upon arrival at the Salt Lake airport


  1. Is Paul Meyers from BYU, and if so, would he allow BYU Magazine to use one of his photos?

    Please e-mail

  2. I'm sure he would, and I'm sure all of us would love to see BYU Magazine give the Men's Rugby team some face time... finally!

  3. Love the pics, love the team, go cougars!


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