Megan Bonny led the Washington State women to a 42-0 victory over Washington last Saturday, scoring four tries to lead her team with 20 points. The win puts WSU atop the Pacific Northwest’s women’s DII college standings, going 4-0 with only Central Washington left on the schedule. WSU defeated their toughest opponent, Western Washington, 17-14 during the fall portion of the league season.
The windy, snowy conditions necessitated a shorter, quicker game, and the weather should have played into UW’s hands. Washington sports a much larger pack, and WSU had been working to build its attack around a more wide-open game.
But the WSU forwards supported their rucks well and won the majority of the scrums.
“UW played a very forward based game and while our forwards were outsized and playing in less than ideal conditions they rose to the challenge and played with the tenacity and heart WSU rugby is known for,” said senior lock Mileka Grager. “I couldn’t be more proud of our team for our victory against the Huskies this weekend.”
The backs, although their hands were affected by the cold, tightened up their passes and played a faster game. The team saw some nice breakaway runs from Bonny, Samantha Pedersen and Hillary Johnson. Forwards Grager and Noehly Tzintzun led the pack with some great power-runs and were key during penalty plays.
With the dominance of the forwards and good adjustment from the backs, the room to run and score opened up. In addition to Bonny’s four tries, lock Dakota Breish, fullback Carly MacKinnon, outside center Anne Peterson and flanker Bria Spano all dotted down, while MacKinnon added one conversion.
The Huskies provided a good learning experience for the Cougs to improve and prepare for post-season play.
Club president and scrumhalf Amber Sadoski said, “Despite the cold and nasty weather, it’s always a good feeling to destroy the Huskies.”
Next weekend the Cougs take on the Central Washington University Wildcats in Ellensburg. If the Cougs win they will move onto the regional championship in April for the fourth season in a row.