The weekend of 10-12 of June 2016 was a significant one for rugby in Krakow, as not only was it the date of the first annual Kracking Rugby Festival, it also saw the city’s resident rugby team, Juvenia RFC, win their playoff match to gain promotion back to Poland’s Ekstraliga which is the top level of rugby in the country.
After a successful season which saw them finish top of the Liga I table they went into the playoffs full of confidence. This was evident during their semi-final match against Legia Warsaw where they trounced their rivals 95-3. This led to them playing Budowlani Lublin in the final who had beaten Czarni Pruszcz Gdański 15-5 in their semi-final.
The match was played in front of a bumper crowd which was swelled by the watching players who had participated in the Krakow Rugby Fest earlier in the day. It became apparent from the start that Juvenia were much the stronger of the two sides as they raced into a 20-0 lead at half time. Whilst Lublin improved in the second half it was a case of too little too late, and Juvenia ended up running out 27-14 winners to secure their place back in the top flight of Polish rugby.
The win means that Juvenia return to the Ekstraliga after a year’s absence where they can look forward to locking horns with rivals such as Lechia Gdansk and current Polish champions Arka Gdynia.
They are of course not stranger to this level of rugby in Poland, having spent many seasons in the top flight before. The league itself is extremely demanding, not least because of the huge amount of travelling they’ll have to endure, such as a 12 hours round-trip to play teams such as Arka Gdynia.
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