In a clash of ranked HS club teams in Utah, Genesis defeated a tenacious Salt Lake Valley Rhinos 29-19.
Genesis did so despite losing about a third of their starters due to injury and other issues. Head Coach Eric Nelson was quick to put that out of his players' minds.
Prior to the pivotal matchup in Utah between rivals Genesis and United, both clubs learned about the special significance of this particular match.
When Genesis Head Coach Eric Nelson arrived at the pitch for the scheduled match against Mountain Ridge High on the opening weekend of Utah Youth Rugby play, he knew it would be an interesting day.
Slowly teams in Utah Youth Rugby are getting going and the traditional kickoff event has for years been the Ra Puriri Invitational in St. George, Utah.
The West Valley Warriors are Utah HS Club champions, but it wasn’t easy.
Despite rolling pretty heavily through the Utah season, the Warriors faced a somewhat new-look Genesis team on Saturday for the final. West Valley had defeated Genesis 36-10 earlier in the season, but this time Genesis had a new plan.