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SPORT: Kharkiv Olympus claim thirteenth Ukrainian rugby championship title

East Ukrainian powerhouse Kharkiv Olympus adds another national title to club’s overflowing trophy cabinet with convincing win over rivals Khmelnitskiy in rainy Kyiv

SPORT: Kharkiv Olympus claim thirteenth Ukrainian rugby championship title
Kharkiv Olympus players and coaching staff celebrate the club’s thirteenth Ukrainian Rugby Championship following victory over rivals Khmelnitskiy
Business Ukraine magazine
Sunday, 08 October 2017 20:15

Kyiv's Spartak Stadium was the venue on 8 October as Kharkiv Olympus claimed the rugby club's thirteenth Ukrainian Championship with a resounding 34-8 victory of title rivals Khmelnitskiy Podillia.

This end-of-season showdown brought the country's only two undefeated sides together, but in truth there was only ever one winner. Current champions Kharkiv Olympus weathered an early Podillia frenzy before imposing their authority on the tie, eventually producing five tries to run out convincing winners. The game was played in classically rainy rugby conditions and in a spirit of highly competitive sportsmanship that was a credit to both rugby clubs.

This was the third trophy claimed this season by Kharkiv Olympus. The club, owned by Kharkiv business magnate Oleksandr Yaroslavsky, also claimed the Rugby Sevens national title in recent months. Kharkiv Olympus will now go into the coming Ukrainian Cup Final in Odesa looking to complete a clean sweep of domestic titles.

The Kharkiv club has long dominated Ukraine's emerging rugby scene, with a total of thirteen national championship titles and eight Ukrainian Cup wins making them by far the most decorated club in the country. Unsurprisingly, Kharkiv Olympus players also traditionally serve as the core of the Ukrainian national rugby team. 

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