It was an easy and obvious question to ask Cal Head Coach Jack Clark - when you go home now will you drop down in your chair and give a big sigh and say "OK, now we've finally done it?"
Clark said he doesn't look at it that way, but you do get the feeling that winning their first Collegiate Rugby Championship 7s tournament, after three attempts fell tantalizingly short, brought a moment of relief.
"I am pretty philosophical when we lose so we might as well be philosophical if we win," Clark told RUGBYMag.com. "If you make an error in the lineup, or the referee makes an error, or a player makes a mistake, it can be tough to come back from that. You can prepare for it consistently and well, but these games [in the knockout rounds] were always going to be games we won by a little or lost by a little."
Cal has put more time into their 7s, and they've been able to in part because of the schedule they're made for themselves. They finished up the Varsity Cup in early May, and that game the players time to concentrate on exams and then return to train for 7s. This shows also the impressive job done by Life, which played the DIA final on May 18 and then had a rest day before starting training for the CRC.
"We've put a lot more time in our 7s and it's shown," said Clark, whose team is 19-3 all-time at the tournament. "I think all the teams are working harder at it and doing the same thing. I think we've played pretty good 7s here, and lost to a few really good teams. Life is a very good rugby team, but I was really proud of our guys. We lose only two players from this team, and for this group, with some young freshmen, to stand up to a mature Life team, I am just proud of them."
And maybe, just maybe, a little bit relieved.