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A year ago the United HS rugby club lost big to Cathedral in the boys HS Club national final, and left the field visibly dejected.
This year, United will get a second chance as the Utah team defeated Colorado Springs 33-12 to make the National Invitational Final Saturday in Elkhart, Ind.
United was led by the team's star players, High School All Americans Calvin Whiting and Zach Webber.
"You want your leading players to step up in a game like this," said United Head Coach Colin Puriri. "Everyone responded. We knew they would have a strong forward pack; we expected that. They mauled really well. But when we got the ball to our backs, we did well."
United got tries for. webber, Whiting, Folo Ulukiviola, Kingston Matua and Ethan Brown, while Connor Morris added four conversions.
All of that led to a berth in the national final, once again versus Cathedral Royal Irish.
"Last year's team was very young," said Puriri. "We kind of got by in a couple of games on reputation. This year we are older and smarter, and I think the final will be very different."