I think United is a great team, but saying that a couple of players, as good as
they are, make that big of a difference is a discredit to the rest of the boys
on that team that played so hard throughout the season. Cathedral beat Penn
8-7. Penn was probably the 5th best single school at the tourney, but was on
par with the 2nd best in the club bracket. Danville, who placed 3rd in the
club division by a big score, did not even make the finals in the NorCal
tournament - they couldn't get past two teams that did not even go to
nationals. They got beat by Burbank, who only beat Jesuit's JV by 4
points! I am not saying that United is not a deserving champion, they are
without question the best club team in the country! They are a great team and a
great program. But they did not face the best competition in the country at
nationals, the best competition was in the single school bracket. That is not
their fault, they have no control over it. Club is dying at the national level
Congratulations United. Well deserved. For all's benefit, this is how you
build through the season, layer on layer to a championship. National (or any)
Championship's are a process, and one that United certainly seems to have
"down." Also helps to have a number of key starters back in the
line-up. Be best to KNOW the details prior to commenting. The Club division is
as strong as it has always been.
footballisgood - too bad you feel the need to denigrate others while only
showing your ignorance. When at near full strength in a preseason tournament
United beat Snow Canyon in St. George despite having had no outdoor practices.
Then early in the regular season United lost two of its starting backs (one of
whom was intentionally targeted by an opposing player) which injuries led to
regular season losses. However, having its full-strength side back for the
first time at the National Tournament, United showed a quality of rugby that was
simply impressive and unequaled. Having watched both the clubs and single
schools compete this weekend I see little basis for a claim that the clubs were
"MUCH" weaker. Too bad you can't just recognize that there was
very good rugby played in both divisions and leave it at that.
Congratulations to Coach Puriri and the United club. Great job.
Congrats to United, well done! Not to take anything away from them at all, but
how strong can the club field be if United can win the national title but
can't come close to two single school programs in its own state? The
single school division sounds MUCH stronger.