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Warriors claim last-minute win in derby thriller

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Warriors Rugby Club beat local rivals HRC 14-10 in Championship semi-final.

Set in Myllypuro, Helsinki on a dark and drizzly day, defending champions Warriors Rugby Club played local rivals Helsinki Rugby Club in the semi-final of the Men's Championship.

From the kick-off, the game quickly became a stalemate with neither side able to find a breakthrough amidst some stern tackling.

We had to wait until deep in the first half for the first points of the game. Following a good period of possession from Warriors, fly-half Tumppi Finell found full-back Kasperi Korhonen with a flat pass who made a clean line break to cross the whitewash after breaking one final tackle. Korhonen converted his own try to give Warriors a 7-0 lead.

Helsinki responded not long thereafter with a converted penalty kick, taking the score to 7-3 at half-time.

Again, both teams exchanged blows tit for tat, coming just mere centimetres away from scoring before ultimately conceding a penalty or turnover to keep the scoreline at 7-3. Late in the second half, following a nifty kick, HRC managed to dot the ball down in the last few minutes of the game to put the scoreline at 7-10.

Unpanicked, Warriors cooly kept making tackles until they were gifted a chance with the ball, before then turning the screw and advancing down towards the opposition's 22. In the last play of the game, Number 8 John Wuatai-Tariau bulldozes his way over the line from 5 metres out to seal the game, and Korhonen adds the 2 points to give Warriors a 14-10 win.

Commiserations to Helsinki Rugby Club for what was a brilliant display of rugby and an extremely nail-biting game.

Warriors Rugby Club now advance the Men's Championship Final in Hämeenlinna on Saturday, 28th September 2019 where they will play Jyväskylä Rugby Club.

Team selection

Korhonen, Kasperi Korhonen, Kasperi
Sokosaya, Lewai Sokosaya, Lewai
Geldenhuys, Stephen Geldenhuys, Stephen
Gilbert, Timothy Gilbert, Timothy
Viljakainen, Samu Ismo Olavi Viljakainen, Samu Ismo Olavi
Finell, Tumppi Finell, Tumppi
Parisi, Andrei Parisi, Andrei
Wuatai-Tariau, John Wuatai-Tariau, John
Ben Anderson Ben Anderson
Eskola, Kosti Eskola, Kosti
Rainvuori, Juha Rainvuori, Juha
Henrik Andersson Henrik Andersson
Gröndahl, Mikko Gröndahl, Mikko
Vilén, Jaakko Vilén, Jaakko
Sinitalo-Nunes, Akseli Sinitalo-Nunes, Akseli

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