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Gdynia alone in first

Autor: Alex Zarganis Published: 5 Jun 2012 | Comments: 0

The Gdynia Seahawks had to come from behind twice in the first half on Sunday afternoon at the National Rugby Stadium, withstanding a determined effort from the Dom-Bud Krakow Tigers in recording a 51-16 victory. The Seahawks, who wore down a shorthanded Tigers squad, now sit alone at the Topliga summit a week ahead of their showdown with the Wrocław Devils.

Josh Le Duc scored for the Seahawks on the opening kickoff, but his return touchdown was brought back by a penalty. Things got worse from there for the Seahawks, who gave the ball up on their first drive before surrendering a 37-yard touchdown pass from Thad Gaebelein to Filip Mościcki. Gdynia tied the game on the succeeding drive on the first of three Le Duc touchdown receptions, but Krakow retook the lead on the last play of the first quarter with a short touchdown run.

Kyle McMahon had another big day for the Seahawks offense, tossing four touchdown passes and running for another score. He and Le Duc took over the game in the second quarter, which saw Gdynia score three times to take a 30-16 lead into the locker rooms. Sebastian Krzysztofek scored twice in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

Thanks to the current tiebreaker situation, the Seahawks are basically looking at either the top seed or a semifinal road game against a very tough opponent. They currently stand a game ahead of both the Devils and the Warsaw Eagles, meaning that wins in the last two games would clinch the regular season title. However, a loss to the Devils next week would probably result in a rematch between the two teams in the semifinals in Wrocław.

The Devils come to the coast on June 9 for the final regular season game pitting two of the three top teams in Poland. As usual, the National Rugby Stadium in Gdynia will be the venue with kickoff set for 7:30 PM. The Tigers, meanwhile, have a home game the next day against the AZS Silesia Rebels. Krakow has virtually been eliminated from the playoff race, needing to beat the Rebels by at least 54 points to have any chance of sneaking into the last spot.

TOPLIGA WEEK 9 SCHEDULE (HOME TEAM FIRST):
Saturday, June 9, 7:30 PM: Gdynia Seahawks (7-1) vs. Wrocław Devils (6-2)
Sunday, June 10, 2:00 PM: Dom-Bud Krakow Tigers (1-7) vs. AZS Silesia Rebels (2-6)
Sunday, June 10, 3:00 PM: Kozły Poznań (2-6) vs. Warsaw Eagles (6-2)

Alex Zarganis
a.zarganis@plfa.pl
PLFA Press Bureau

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