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Brother Rice of Illinois defeated Connecticut team Greenwich to win the Tier II/Combo bracket of the Boys High School National Invitational Saturday at the Moose rugby Grounds in Eklhart, Ind.
Greenwich was the highest-ranking team of either HS Club or Single-School
to be put into the Tier II, and were understandably displeased with the
move. They certainly had much to prove and played well to make the final,
beating La Salette 55-14 on Thursday, and Brownsburg 21-7 on Friday to get
Meanwhile, Brother Rice was quietly going about its business. Having lost only to HS Club power Cathedral in the past couple of years, Rice defeated Park Hill South 54-21 and the Maryland Exiles 34-14 to make the final.
In the final, the Brother Rice forwards, led by captain and prop Jimmy Gannon and with front-rowers Kevin Bresnahan and Joe Carroll, and No. 8 Luke Mueller all playing well, controlled the tempo of the game.
"I know some of the Greenwich players from my work with the High School All Americans," said Brother Rice Head Coach and former USA National Team wing David Fee. "They are good players and know what it takes to get to the next level. We needed to keep the ball away from them, and the forwards did a great job."
With center Nate Swanberg and his partner Brad Thomas testing defenses and making tackles, Brother Rice did just enough, winning 25-17.
"Greenwich is a great team and we needed to play our best rugby to beat them," said Fee. "I am just glad the guys were able to do that."