Club de Rugby Málaga fell agonisingly short of promotion to the top division of Spanish rugby union after a 28-27 defeat to top-of-the-table Unión Rugby Pozuelo on Sunday afternoon.
In their final game in the promotion play-offs, the Andalusians were just five minutes away from securing a place in the top flight. Until the closing minutes, Malaga were ahead on the scoreboard and had managed to snuff out the Madrid side as an attacking threat, although the home team enjoyed greater success in the scrums.
This was one of Malaga’s best performances of the season, as they combined good defensive work with quick and efficient attacking play. However, it was not to be and they lost their lead in the final stages.
The result demonstrates the high level at which Malaga have been playing this season and suggests that, given this was only their second season at this level, the team has not yet reached its full potential.
Overall, Malaga is the only club in Andalucía with three senior teams competing in the league system while their under-18 and under-16 teams are both in with a chance of winning their respective regional championships.