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Helsinki Rugby Club

Founded 1999


Ladies Finnish Champions
2015, 2016

Men's Finnish Champions
2002, 2003, 2014, 2016

Men's Finnish 2nds Champions

Ladies Finnish 7's Champions

Men's Finnish 7's Champions
2010, 2015, 2016

Men's Finnish Cup
2003, 2005






Match Center

Helsinki RC v Tampere RC

13 - 20

| 23/07/2011 | Myllypuro | Men 1st XV | Referee: Palemia Field

Team line up

1 Sebastian Sihvola
2 Henry Wright
3 Marc-Olivier Meunier
16 Jaakko Rautavaara
19 Petter Ljungqvist
22 Anton Nevalainen

Thierry Demoulin
4 Marko Sallert
5 Ville Siiskonen
6 Stephen Whittaker
8 Jerome Ilzer
7 Florent Muller
9 Michael Kennedy (c)
10 Juhani Majanen
12 Joonas Nevakivi
13 Avea Avea
11 Petri Pallari
15 Niilo Kivistö
14 Jarno Warsa-Ritaranta


Tries: Avea Avea.
Conversions: Petri Pallari (1/1).
Penalties: Petri Pallari (2/2).
Player of the day: Stephen Whittaker.


Match report

Like I said in my last report the tide was starting to turn at Helsinki RC and we had learnt a lot from the Warriors game and had all worked hard at training. So when the league leaders Tampere came to town we met them on the pitch full of confidence, and it showed early on with some fierce hits going in and great go forward from the team. We piled on the pressure early and Tampere gave us a kickable penalty which Petri duly kicked over the bar. Tampere came back at us as expected and piled on their own pressure and scored a try, then the game ebbed and flowed as both teams sought to gain the upper hand, I cant remember exactly how the scoring went but I know that Avea scored one of his trade mark tries (with about four guys hanging of his back) after some great attacking runs from HRC, then Petri scored a penalty to level the scores at 13 all.

Now we were in a battle and holding our own with the league leaders, both teams were desperate to score next and also desperate not to concede points either. But lady luck was on Tampere's side that day and their flanker got in under the post for a converted try in the last minute, needless to say breaking our hearts in the process, but as they say "what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger"! So we came away from this game with more lessons learnt and we worked even harder at training our bodies and minds so we wouldn't need lady luck - we would make our own luck from here on in!

In every game I had played as captain so far, the HRC boys were making it very difficult for me to pick a man of the match, which is obviously a good thing. Against Tampere Avea had a great game as did Ville, Petri and Juhani but my man of the match went to Steve Whittaker who played the perfect blindside flanker game - when he wasn't stealing the ball or making important tackles he was non-stop chatting to wind up the opposition, which when done good can earn us points, which it did (and a black eye for Steve!) and at the very least it will put guys off their game, so well done Steve for a great effort and to all that played - you made your captain very proud to be your captain.

Match report by Michael Kennedy

Photo gallery by Francois Perthius