ST. GEORGE — The Snow Canyon boys rugby team knocked off United Rugby Club 34-12 on Saturday to finish the regular season with a 4-0 record and secure a bye in the upcoming Division I state playoffs.
The Warriors struck first by scoring within the first few minutes of the game, but United came back and after a sustained period of attack in Snow Canyon’s 22. Scrum half Kingston Matua opened United’s account. With both conversions missed, the game was tied at 5-5.
Snow Canyon scored from a failed ground ball by United. The try was converted and Snow Canyon took the lead 12-5.
Shortly before the half, Snow Canyon scored again from a quick tap penalty, converted the try and went into the half 19-5 in the lead.
The second half was all Snow Canyon, scoring a further 15 unanswered points before United scored a converted try shortly before the final whistle.
United (3-2) was awarded the third seed and will face the South County Crusaders, who lost to Trybe 32-22 on Saturday, in the first round. (See tomorrow’s post for a complete schedule of the playoffs).
On Saturday first-year program East crushed Kearns 53-20 after building up a 36-0 halftime lead.
Scores came from: PJ Nu’usa, Joe Tukuafu, Tylle Jones, Jesse Afuvai, Samiu Teisina, and Sesi Salt.
“It was the greatest all around performance to date,” said East coach Robert Kingsford. “It was a great team effort and a great team win.”
Earlier in the week, East beat TC Fusion 41-34.
Lowland routed United 94-0 on Saturday to finish the season undefeated, 6-0. Snow Canyon (5-0), Desert Hills (3-3) and Herriman (1-2-1) also qualified for the playoffs.
The United JV team, upstaged the varsity team by securing a 40-25 win over Snow Canyon.
There is no state championship for JV.
The United 9/10th Grade A side finished the season undefeated with a hard fought win over Snow Canyon 36-34. Both teams scored six tries with the winning two points coming from flyhalf, Darian Power, who finished the game with 16 points (two tries and 3 conversions).
The side finished the season 6-0 with wins over Orem, TC Fusion, Bingham, Highland, Trybe, Herriman and Snow Canyon.
Darian Power (81), Ben Griffen (35), Ben Webber (25), and Brandon Tafoya (25) led the team in scoring.
Herriman Blue (4-0) and Herriman Red (1-0) were the only other undefeated teams in this division.
The final seeding for the State Championship is still being determined, but the quarter final games are scheduled for Saturday May 4 at Burgess Park in Alpine.
Snow Canyon won the 7/8th-grade tilt 48-25. Genesis Rugby Club finished the season with the best record, 5-0, after beating Herriman 59-17 on Saturday.
A special thanks goes to Owen Power and Robert Kingsford in helping compile this report.