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What’s happening with the champion? Main results of the regular season of the Russian Rugby Championship

Date: July 15, 2024 Time: 05:13:57

The main stage of the Russian Rugby Championship ended last weekend with matches in Krasnoyarsk, Monino and Moscow, which resulted in the formation of the following quarter-final pairings:

“Yenisei-STM” (Krasnoyarsk) – “VVA-Moscow” (Monino); “Strela-Ak Bars” (Kazan) – “Slava” (Moscow); “Krasny Yar” (Krasnoyarsk) – “Metallurg” (Novokuznetsk); “Lokomotiv-Penza” – “Dynamo” (Moscow).

According to the rules, the quarter-final and semi-final series are played up to two wins. The team with the highest ranking will start on the road and then the series (the second and, if necessary, the third game) will move to the home arena. The first matches will be played from 16 to 19 August.

Meanwhile, our rugby has taken a month-long break, the “Championship” sums up the results of the regular season, which turned out to be hectic and vibrant.

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“Kryptonite” for “Yenisei”

Before the resumption of the championship, we have already noted that the main favorite of the season is Enisey-STM. In the spring and summer, the Krasnoyarsk team beat all its main competitors: Lokomotiv, Strela and their compatriots from Krasny Yar. Last year, Enisey lost the championship to Lokomotiv in a very dramatic match, so now Alexander Pervukhin’s team is determined to regain the title. But it was in last year’s final that the main weakness of the “heavy machine” manifested itself: playing in the rain. This season, Enisey suffered only three defeats – two in the Championship and one in the Cup, and all the unsuccessful matches were played in adverse weather conditions. The most recent example is the sensational defeat in Novokuznetsk by 5:22.

RK “Yenisei-STM”

Photo: Press Service of the Republic of Kazakhstan “Yenisei-STM”

Kazan’s championship ambitions

Appetite comes with food. In 2023, Kazan’s Strela won the Russian Rugby Cup for the first time in its history, and in April it added another trophy to its collection – the Super Cup. Now the Kazan team is the main competitor of the Krasnoyarsk giants. After the resumption of the championship, Strela-Ak Bars visited the banks of the Yenisei twice and managed to score only one point from there. Fortunately for the Kazan team, the points reserve was enough to retain second place.

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The return of Krasny Yar

The Falcons have finally confirmed their ambitions to return to the rugby Olympus. The team from the left bank of the Yenisei has been without a trophy for five years now, but this year Krasny Yar is claiming, if not a “golden double”, then certainly a return to the final. An unpleasant aftertaste could have been left by another derby loss at 18:30 and a home defeat to Dynamo at 17:27 on the last day, which did not allow the Falcons to take second place and deprived them of home advantage in the semi-finals.

Jason Taumalolo, RK Krasny Yar flyhalf

Photo: Press service of the Republic of Kazakhstan “Krasny Yar”

The champion’s hangover

The reigning Russian champion is having a very uneven season. Lokomotiv was unable to force the leaders to fight for the top 3, although they came close to winning at home against Yenisei (18:21). The Penza team had a lot of trouble beating the teams from the bottom half of the standings: they lost at home to Slava until the 60th minute, only in the last seconds they snatched victory from Dynamo with a score of 22:21. And it is precisely the blue-and-white team that the champion will face in the first round of the playoffs that many specialists and experts agree that this particular pairing is the most interesting and unpredictable at this stage –

Contenders for the sensation

Briefly about the rest of the playoff participants.

High-quality winter transfers allowed Dynamo to confidently finish the regular season: a defensive bonus in the match against Loko, a draw with Metallurg (22:22) and a historic victory in Krasnoyarsk over Krasny Yar.

“Lokomotiv-Penza” – “Dynamo”

Photo: Press Service of the Republic of Kazakhstan “Lokomotiv-Penza”

Metallurg is one of the most talented teams in the championship, but also the most unstable. In the spring-summer period, the Novokuznetsk team defeated only two teams: the main outsiders “VVA-Podmoskovye” and the main favorites “Yenisei-STM”!

Moscow “Slava” is going through another restructuring, because in winter the head coach and many leaders left the team. The Slavs were 20 minutes away from making a splash in Penza, but in spring they were able to beat only Voenletov (31:12) and Kuznya (28:26).

Tough times have come for the Moscow Region VVA. This spring, the “voenlet” was unable to score a single point, but it is in Monino that many young rugby players are trained, both local students and those from major clubs.

RK “VVA-Moscow region”

Photo: Press Service of the Republic of Kazakhstan “Slava”

Before the playoffs of the Russian Championship, the semi-finals of the Cup await us. It is worth noting that both matches will be held in Krasnoyarsk. In the first semi-final on August 10, Enisey-STM and Lokomotiv-Penza will meet in Avangard, and the next day, August 11, Krasny Yar will host Strela-Ak Bars. The final will take place on September 7 in Moscow at the VTB Arena.

A hot end to the rugby season awaits us!

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Puck Henry
Puck Henry
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