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Miracle at Vanguard. Champion almost went down the drain

Date: June 17, 2024 Time: 06:10:58

Penza “Lokomotiv” sensationally won the Russian rugby championship. The victorious free kick was scored by the brother of the head coach of the “railroad” Alexander Yanyushkin – Sergey.

Siberian gold was washed away by the rain

The trophy of the Russian rugby champions leaves Krasnoyarsk for the first time since 2011. The authors of the sensation are a young team from Penza.

Five years ago, rugby-15, a classic type of game with an oval ball, was in Penza in a long coma. The memory of the moderately toothy RC “Penza” (later called “Imperio”) has not yet had time to cool down in the hearts of the fans of the banks of the South, but to dream that very soon the local club will not only return to the elite, but also to disrupt the long-term hegemony of the two Krasnoyarsk clubs, could only the most desperate lover of non-science fiction.

RK “Lokomotiv-Penza”

The rise of the Penza “Locomotive”, based largely on scorched earth, began rapidly. Already in their first season in the Premier League, the railwaymen battled Gloria from the capital in the quarterfinals, who reached bronze that autumn.

And with the transition from the national championship to the autumn-spring scheme, Lokomotiv, under the leadership of one of the country’s best rugby players of the post-Soviet period, Alexander Yanyushkin, quickly broke into the number of contenders for gold. The brother of the head coach, Sergey Yanyushkin, set the tone in the attacking actions of the Penza team.

Two years in a row, Lokomotiv made it to the main final, but both times they lost almost no chance against the mighty Yenisei-STM, who hadn’t lost the title to anyone since 2016. And this summer I went for the third attempt, which turned to gold.

RK “Lokomotiv-Penza”

theater in the rain

The final was held in Krasnoyarsk at the Avangard stadium on the ground of the winner of the regular season and hegemon of Russian rugby union. And by the break it might have seemed that the blue-white sea, which filled the stands, could safely go for the champagne on duty. The categorical 17:0 in favor of “heavy machinery”, as the fans affectionately call “Yenisei-STM”, is the best illustration of this.

But Alexander Yanyushkin, like that chicken, decided to peck at the grain, and for a start the head coach’s brother Sergei drenched the score with a free throw. After that, the Penza players were able to enter the opponent’s standings twice, and now there is a tie in the score. After that, a real drama happened at the Avangard.

RK “Lokomotiv-Penza”

The main time of the game had already elapsed when Ramil Gaysin went to nail a hypothetically golden free kick for Enisey from a lethal position. From there, in any other situation, Ramil would have scored a hundred out of a hundred, but in response to his shot, the post sounded treasonous. 17:17 and the teams were waiting for two more ten minutes.

There will be no penalty shootout

Rugby aesthetes, after a draw in the main 80 minutes, were probably looking forward to the first penalty shootout in the playoffs of the Russian championship since 2008, which was broken at the last moment the day before in the match for third place. But it wasn’t meant to happen this time either. In the first overtime, the teams exchanged accurate shots from the stands – 20:20 and ten minutes before an unpredictable lottery.

The denouement came less than two minutes before Alexei Lebedev’s whistle. Lokomotiv got a free kick almost from midfield, but Sergei Yanyushkin decided to shoot on goal. And within moments, the stands in Avangard froze – the ball literally crawled over the bar, which meant that Alexander Pervukhin’s team had only seconds left to save.

RK “Lokomotiv-Penza”

But “Lokomotiv” got hold of the ball, and after a mandatory throw-in in such cases, a party began on the field, where the “Yenisei-STM” players were strangers. 23:20 – Lokomotiv is the first after VVA-Podmoskovye’s victory in 2011 to take rugby gold from Krasnoyarsk. And Yenisei-STM, after six championships in a row, has to be content with silver.

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Puck Henry
Puck Henry
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