CISK League Match Report – Overseas A vs Kavallieri A

KAVALLIERI A 15    vs    Swieqi Overseas RUFC 18

From the very start Kavallieri swept to the attack and should have scored from their traditional lineout maul drive but somehow the Overseas, possibly through the experience of New Zealander Holmes, held them out. Overseas took the lead with a try by Stivala and began to dominate the set scrums. Kavallieri hit back with a penalty by Edmunds after working for territory. Overseas were winning vital ball and shoving the Kavallieri backwards to win against the head. Kavallieri fly half Edmunds earned a yellow card with a very silly shoulder charge and Overseas  almost immediately extended their lead with a second try in the corner but Briffa missed the conversion. Stivala was sidelined with a strained hamstring which reduced the fire power of Overseas. The game teetered on the verge of losing discipline and Cutajar, Kavallieri, Briffa, Overseas exchanged penalties so the half ended at 13 –  3.

Kavallieri started the second half determined to show their renowned club spirit and launched a series of attacks but were talented Overseas front row, of all people covered spaces well.

Veteran Vassallo was always a dangerous runner for Kavallieri and had a battle royal with the experienced Holmes, which was hard but fair. He had several good runs but tended to be stopped because he so enjoyed the physical charge, instead of releasing earlier.

Kavallieri certainly had the territorial advantage, even playing uphill but lost the advantage by arguing with the referee. Kavallieri attacks were passionate and physical but Overseas were smoother and more incisive with their speed. Kavallieri worked their way back to half way and a superb long pass by Serbian Calic to gave Kawara the opportunity to run 50 metres, beating 4 covering men by speed and pace change to score a superb try, converted by Edmunds. Overseas were stung into retaliation and the two props ran like backs to gain ground before being dragged down close the line. More pressure and Kavallieri gave away a scrum close to the line from which Overseas made the almost inevitable try off the back, to stretch out their lead again. Kavallieri spirit means they are never giving up and they were soon attacking again and a yellow card was awarded to Overseas Brown, putting them under real pressure. Vassallo ripped the ball from the hands of an Overseas player in the maul and set off on a superb 75 metre run, side stepping and shaking off tacklers and showing a surprising sustained show of strength to score and bring his side back to within 3 points. Kavallieri has their tails up and won a penalty which would have brought them level, but Edmunds missed the conversion. Overseas made one final great effort and managed to pin Kavallieri back into their own 22 and keep them there to play out the game and notch up their second win to lead the Cisk Lager League. Kavallieri can look at this as a match they could have won, but Overseas have a knack of winning.

Article by Mike Turner

2nd Division

The first division was followed by the CISK League 2nd Division which saw Swieqi Overseas RUFC B put in a good performance vs Gladiators RFC to win the game with a score of 24 – 10.