Utah Warriors Using Bye Week To Get More Skill Development For Players

Feb 22, 2022, 6:06 PM | Updated: Oct 4, 2022, 1:42 pm
Shawn Pittman - Utah Warriors...
Utah Warriors head coach Shawn Pittman (Courtesy of Utah Warriors Rugby)
(Courtesy of Utah Warriors Rugby)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Warriors are currently on a three-game losing streak heading into their bye week and plan on taking full advantage of not playing a game.

After a disappointing loss to Austin last week, the Utah Warriors are going to take the bye week to get their players better on the pitch.

Assistant coach Shaun Davies talked about the tough preseason that put his team behind the eight-ball a little bit heading into the season.

Yeah, the bye’s coming at the right time,” Davies told the media on Tuesday. Honestly, we’ve had a pretty tough preseason, we didn’t have a preseason game. The preseason was pretty disruptive with all the snow and everything like that. So we almost started behind the eight ball, but, we have a bloody good culture. All the boys want to do, they want to get better. They want to work hard for each other. So the more we can just get on field, they continue building those connections. I think it will come and when it does come, we’re going to be a hard team to stop. It’s just going to take a little time.”

Paul Lasike Signs With Utah Warriors

Lasike, who played his college rugby with Brigham Young University, previously spent time with the Warriors during their inaguaral season in 2018 where he recorded seven caps during the 3-5 season.

Davies played rugby with Lasike when they attended BYU. The Utah Warriors coach is excited to have him on the roster.

Yeah, Paul is the man,” Davies stated. “I played with him first in 2009 when I was at BYU and the guy is a freak. He was destined to be a professional athlete when he came out the womb. He’s not only an absolute freak, athletically, he’s a really good culture guy. I think he’s going to fit in awesomely. So we played together at BYU for a few years. Then, he went out to do his NFL thing, we obviously didn’t chat too much then. But then when he came back to rugby, I played with him with USA rugby, and then actually when we beat Scotland, I think that was the first time that I played with him. The guy is just gifted athletically, to say the very least.”

Davies mentioned that it will be a couple of weeks before Lasike will see the field with the Warriors.

The Utah Warriors will be back in action on Saturday, March 5 against the Dallas Jackals at 12 p.m. MT on KSLSports.com, the KSL Sports app and the KSL TV app.

Utah Warriors

Trevor Allen

Utah Warriors Announce 2023 MLR Schedule

The Utah Warriors and Major League Rugby (MLR) announced the 2023 schedule, which will begin for the Warriors on February 18.
3 months ago
Utah Warriors - Austin Gilgronis...
Trevor Allen

Austin, Los Angeles MLR Teams Suspending Operation For 2023 Season

Major League Rugby (MLR) announced that two teams in the league will suspend operation for the upcoming 2023 season.
4 months ago
Brian Preece

Utah Warriors Head Coach Greg Cooper’s Outlook Shaped By Fight With Cancer

In 1981, Utah Warriors heach coach Greg Cooper was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer as a 15-year old teenager.
6 months ago
Utah Warriors Rugby...
Trevor Allen

Utah Warriors Announce Contract Extension For Assistant Coach Robbie Abel

The Utah Warriors announced on Thursday that they have signed assistant coach Robbie Abel to a three-year contract extension.
7 months ago
Trevor Allen

Greg Cooper Named Next Head Coach Of Utah Warriors

The Utah Warriors announced on Wednesday afternoon that Greg Cooper will be the fourth head coach in franchise history.
7 months ago
Rice-Eccles Stadium...
Brian Preece

Teams Across Utah Celebrate Independence Day On Social Media

On the Fourth of July teams and programs across the state took to social media to honor the signing of our Declaration of Independence.
7 months ago

Sponsored Articles

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.
KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.
Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.
ksl sports logos...
KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Jimmy Buffett

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready.
Iron Maiden tour...
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden returns to Utah in 2022 with The Legacy of the Beast tour.
Utah Warriors Using Bye Week To Get More Skill Development For Players