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Stags win again.


Stags finish the season in 3rd place after a close win over Joensuu gives them a fourth straight win.

The Stags showed great character to hold on to a narrow two point lead and beat Joensuu 33-31. This was the final match of the Division 1 season and Åland were coming off their third win in a row after beating Warriors last weekend.It was the Stags who scored first early on, Pontus Wittkorsson scored following some good phases of play which eventually saw him score under the post's, which made an easy conversion for Curtis Bradford, who was playing his final game before moving back to Wales.A disastrous twenty minute spell saw four Joensuu tries, following some poor play both with and with out the ball from the Stags.But again the Stags in typical fashion came back strongly with two tries from Rasmus "the peacock" Eklund before halftime, making the score at the break 24-19 to Joensuu.The second half saw a string of substitutes and it did not take long for the impact to show and this led to Eklund scoring for the third time and securing his hat trickthis was perhaps one of the best tries of the season following a quick tap penalty from Bradford and great support and offloading from Jonny Rydell and Fredrik Lundberg  before Rasmus finally touched down.Anton Holmberg scored what turned out to be the winning try following some nice footwork from Dylan Hermans, who along with Viktor Falander had 100% conversion rates which proved to be the difference.Joensuu scored one more try, which made for a very nervous final two minutes. But the Stags were playing the game in the right area of the pitch and held on to their closest win yet. This was the fourth consecutive win for the team that had only ever won one game before the start of the season, which is a great turn around that everyone involved in the club should be proud of.5 wins out of 8 matches and two of the defeats were very close games against the team that won the Finnish Division 1 title-Helsinki Blue Tigers, a big congratulations to them from everyone at Åland Stags rugby club.

Stags 33 Joensuu 31

Stags tries- Rasmus Eklund (3), Pontus, Anton Holmburg.Conversions- Curtis Bradford (1/2) Dylan Hermans (2/2) Viktor Falander (2/2)

Following the game the club had the end of season award dinner, a great evening for everyone and a time to reflect on the most successful season the club has had....yet.The winners of the awards were-Most improved player- Peter Kemmelmeir

Team Player of the year- Fredrik Lundberg

Player of the year- Curtis Bradford


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