The ultimate decision was the head coach's, but he respected my opinion, so my advice was a big factor. The choice wasn't an easy one and all of your points are valid, but I felt that all things considered, the balance tipped in favor of letting them go head to head.
In the perspective of the years that have gone by, I still think it was the right decision. I don't remember all the league championships we won, but I have vivd memories of that incredible match. Sure, league championships are great, but matches like that are what makes the sport great.