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Györ Sharks vs Istanbul Tigers
For the first time ever Gyor Sharks met with a Turkish opponent.This year Györ and Klek are challenged by the Istanbul Tigers, the only Turkish team, which tries to find its way into the cup final on a „Northern route“, as the winner of this group will play its semifinal against Bologna Doves, Budapest Cowboys or Zagreb Raiders. The match between Sharks and Tigers was held on Satrurday afternoon at 3 pm. Gyor, DAC field. The Istanbul Tigers defense was owned by the powerful running game of the Sharks from the beginning of the game. The offense is anchored by the well known starting HB Ferenc Schwarz, who did carry the ball for 150+ yards, and scored a TD. The 2nd TD for Sharks was a fumble recovery in the Istanbul end zone. As the game goes on the Tigers didn't try any extra point kick but to get two points. After half time the score was almost tight at 21-20, when the Tigers scored on their first drive of the second half. The Tigers was in the competiton till the end of the 3rd quarter, they ran a spread offense with 4 or 5 WRs. Indeed they were forced to do that because of the loss of their no.1 HB. The Sharks defense accepted many of their 3rd - 4th and long attempts, and failed to stop the pass game. Afterall the Tigers were forced to hang on with the pass game as they desperatly tried to be in the game. They never did it because of Attila Baldauf FS who intercepted two Tigers ball. After the turnovers with the tired defense the Sharks was able to run the clock and secure the game.