La Vila one match away from promotion

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LA VILA Rugby Club face the home tie of the two-legged play off final against Aparejadores Burgos this coming Sunday, with the slenderest of leads gained from the away match last weekend.

The team head into the season finale having won the first leg 20-16, knowing if they avoid defeat they will win promotion to the premiership.

La Vila, playing away to Burgos in the fist leg of the promotion final, turned in what was for them a lacklustre performance yet they were still able to win 16-20.

This gives them a 4 point advantage for their home tie, next Sunday may 28 at their VilaJoyosa Stadium kick off 12.00.

In a match where they were second best in three key elements of the game line-outs, scrums and turnovers, their defence and passing was outstanding.

The first half was fast and furious with the home side first to score with a converted penalty 3-0 after which Matas Jara countered with a converted a penalty 3-3.

Burgos then scored a try 8-3. A converted La Vila try made it 8-10 however another unconverted Burgos try sent the home side in 13-10 at half time which was a fair indication of the game.

The second half scoring began with a converted La Vila try, 13-20, and it looked as if La Vila were on a roll.

The Burgos lads had other ideas and put tremendous pressure on La Vila which resulted in a converted penalty 16-20.

The magnificent La Vila defence thwarted the continual Burgos pressure until the final whistle of a second half that had 5 minutes of added time.

The Burgos squad will play the final leg knowing that they gave a very creditable performance against a side that has now won 27 from 27 this season.

La Vila at home will be a different proposition and whatever the outcome the loser will still have a chance of promotion into Honour Division A by playing the second from bottom team in that division, Cajasol Ciencas.

Try scorers for La Vila were Carrion and Fernandez.

Sunday’s season finale is sure to be a thriller played in a carnival atmosphere in the 1300 all seater stadium at Vila Joyosa.

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