Swieqi Overseas fend off Kavallieri – Cisk League 2016/17

Swieqi Overseas RUFC Vs Kavallieri - CISK Rugby League Malta

It was two teams playing against the sun and a hard ground that started this first Cisk League game of the season. President of Malta Rugby Steve Busutil had to roll up his sleeves and Referee the game. Overseas were looking for redemption after losing the Ray Elliott Cup last week to Sliema Stompers.

They started the game with intent, putting the young Kavallieri players under a lot of pressure. Overseas were dominating up front in the scrum and asked for a scrum, having won a penalty. Pijoan(8) picked and had a go at the line, then offloaded to Devane Hinds(13) who scored near the corner, no conversion

Overseas 5 Kavallieri 0 with just 7 minutes on the clock.

Again from scrum pressure, Overseas shunted the scrum 15 metres, with the ball under the Number 8s feet, Overseas then worked the ball right for Mumphidiza(2) to score.

Overseas 10 Kavallieri 0.

But Edmunds(10) for Kavallieri was kicking for field position, to get his team on the attack and from a catch and drive, from a lineout close to the line, Sean Doublesin scampered around the maul to score.

Overseas 10 Kavallier 5 and getting into the game.

Joe Cutajar(8) coming through the lineout sacked the Overseas scrumhalf Pascal Holland, Kavallieri were starting to gain confidence, creating pressure and using the ball more wisely.

Overseas put a penalty kick into the corner then from the ensuing lineout, Overseas passed long going right and Hopkins(4) running in the backline, offloaded to his mate Devane Hinds(13) who scored under the posts. With the conversion by Corcoran(10) the score was:

Overseas 17 Kavallieri 5. Then Referee Busutil blew for halftime.

The wind picked up as Kavallieri kicked off the second half, favouring Overseas. But it was Kavallieri with the wind in their sails, immediately going on the attack for Sean Doublesin(9)to score his second try from a quick tap penalty, as Overseas were slow to set their defensive line.

Overseas 17 Kavallieri 12 and Kavallieri were pumped and looking to take the game to the Overseas.

Under pressure Overseas had a kick charged down and Kavallieri were awarded a 5 metre scrum, but Overseas forced a tighthead, Bowen(7) then picked from the base of the scrum and had a 40 metre run, from the ruck the ball went left through the hands to Hinds(13) who put his foot down and ran 40 metres to score. With the conversion it was:

Overseas 24 Kavallieri 12.

Overseas have raised their game and from a lineout Harvey(3) drove for the line when he was held up, the ball was fired out to Corcoran(10) who scored going over in a tackle.

Overseas 31 Kavallieri 12.

Referee Busutill flashed a series of Yellow cards then Red, Borg(15) was yellow carded for a dangerous tackle, Bedarahan(14) a Red for tackling an Overseas player, while that player was in the air catching a high ball. Chris Zahra(2) was yellow carded for repeated infringements after being warned by the Referee.

Back to the game, Imbroll(14) had a couple of great runs with the ball, linking with the jinking Brendan Dalton(23) playing at fullback. Imbroll scored using his pace out wide, beating his marker with a swerve and speed, to touch down out wide. Edmunds converted.

Overseas 31 Kavallieri 19.

Kavallieri’s Edmunds(10) was then Red carded for a soft shoe shuffle on his opposite number Corcoran(10). Down to 13 players Kavallieri were having to defend for all they were worth, but Overseas scored again as the busy Richie Bowen(7) darted around the scrum to touchdown.

Making the final score, with the conversion:

Overseas 36 Kavallieri 19.

An entertaining game to watch with the Overseas forwards setting the platform for their backs to perform, Kavallieri were always snapping at their heels, but just could not finish off some promising moves.

Man of the Match

Overseas:Devane Hinds(13)

Kavallieri: Sean Doublesin (9)


Report: Bryan Corlett