By Alex Solomon - March 31, 2017
LAFAYETTE, Colo. – The University of Utah entered the month of March ranked No. 14 in the Canterbury D1A Rugby Top 20, but now find itself at No. 11 thanks to a couple of one-sided victories in the Utes’ favor.
The month got off to a slow start when Arizona State was forced to forfeit its March 4 contest against Utah due to disciplinary issues the Sun Devils are facing. Since then, the Utes have ripped off massive wins against West Conference’s Utah State, 83-21, and PAC rival Arizona, 53-3. No player in Utah’s lineup was more valuable over that stretch than hooker Chad Gough.
Gough entered March riding good form after his four-try performance in a win over UCLA in February, Gough followed it up with a half dozen tries in March. While the All-American’s ability to find the try zone is impossible to miss, he’s a comprehensive rugby player with an unquestioned appetite to further improve his already impressive skill set.
“His defensive grading remains among the highest on the team, his line out throws are very accurate, and as a captain, he leads from the front for a team that is surging,” complimented Utah Head Coach Jon Law. “He is almost always one of the first players to arrive at training and the last to leave working on his extras.”
Gough is no stranger to receiving D1A Rugby accolades. Last season he won Player of the Month while Utah was competing in the West Conference. This month’s honor makes him just the third D1A player to earn either Player of the Week or Player of the Month on multiple occasions, joining Baylor’s Parker Vincent and Colorado State’s Ben Pinkelman.