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United of Salt Lake City won their first HS Club national title since 2010 with a 24-10 defeat of defending champs Cathedral Royal Irish.
Cathedral started the game on the front foot and pinned United back in their 22. After United committed a penalty near their goal line, Cathedral opted to tap and run. United's defense, however, held, and that would be a theme of the game. Some minutes later Cathedral did indeed score for a 5-0, but United came right back to score and lead 7-5.
After that United continued to frustrate the Cathedral attack. The Royal
Irish ruck as well as any team in the country, with excellent technique,
but United met them hit for hit at the breakdown, and as a result were able
to put the Cathedral backs under pressure. In a game of ferocious
intensity, United scored two more times to lead 17-5.
In the second half Cathedral continued to press, but with United's scrum pushing them back and the lineout not firing, they had few options when a penalty came their way other than the quick tap. United defended brilliantly. With the score 17-10 a turning point came with Cathedral pinning United back on their own line. United's High School All American center Zach Webber danced around two tacklers and burst upfield, gaining about 40 meters. That killed Cathedral's best last scoring chance, and soon thereafter United scored to put the game away.
United 24 Cathedral 10
In other action in the High School Club bracket, Danville capped off an excellent weekend with a 40-5 defeat of Colorado Springs to take 3rd, and the San Diego Mustangs finished their weekend 2-1 after beating the Kansas City Jr. Blues 15-3 for 5th. San Diego's only loss was 17-15 to Danville.
Marin took 7th with a 21-12 defeat of Westerville.