Warriors into the final
By Antti Lammi
Warriors completed a 2nd successive last minute come from behind victory over JRC in semifinals
Warriors were against a very pumped up Jyväskyäl outfit who were clearly sticking to their guns and running hard, strong and straight from the kickoff.
First 40 minutes JRC were in control and had most of the possession. WRC looked threatening when they had the ball but were unable to finish their chances. JRC scored early points through their flyhalf's Teemu Elomaa's boot which Tumppi promptly replied with a dropped goal.
JRC got the first try after about 20 minute of play. Couple of successive penalties and JRC forwards forced their way over the line. Game was then 10-3 for the home team. JRC were able to stretch their lead to 13-3 after a well struck penalty from 30m out.
Few minutes before halftime WRC replied and booted a penalty over. 1st half ended 13-6.
Warriors started to get into the game in the second half but strong forward work aided by Warriors' penalty count meant that first points for second half were scored by JRC. Tap penalty near WRC line and JRC's Marko Vikstedt found a gap in the defensive line. Elomaa converted and game was suddenly 20-6. A proper hill to climb for the visitors.
Warriors then gained control of the game but were consistently their own worst enemy. Turning the ball over after gaining 50+ meters and getting into scoring position.
Some spark was needed and it was then provided by right wing Jochum von Veh, who charged down a JRC clearing kick, chased the ball down and scored WRC's first try of the game after 65 minutes of play.
From there on it was all WRC. Mistakes still almost ruined it for the black and gold team but in the end forwards managed to score 2 close range tries after multiple quick tap penalties and very Warriors-like open field play.
Final try on the final minute meant that regardless of the final conversion JRC had lost the game after a very valiant effort.
Warriors would like to thank the hosts for a nail biting rugby match. All the best for the off-season, you certainly did not let the final place go easy.
On to the finals then, a repeat from 2014 against local rivals HRC: