Stompers beat Kavallieri
The match between Stompers and Kavallieri saw strong winds affect play, however resulted in a 25-0 victory for the Sliema side.
Sliema Stompers spent most of the match in the Kavallieri half, however saw their ball handling deteriorate due to strong winds.
Kavallieri gained ground through wind-backed kicking, but could not score a try. Stompers launched one of their more sophisticated backline moves for Fountain to score in the corner.
Despite a man advantage, Kavallieri upped the pace to hold their line. A brilliant long kick by Cutajar into the corner put Kavallieri back on the attack, and nearly scored off the lineout. Stompers broke out but the speedy defence caught them and cut them down. Another Kavallieri kick was dropped by Stompers but with the line open, a long inaccurate Kavallieri pass was dropped.
Stompers were trying to run the ball out and Kavallieri tried desperately to score but just could not bring things together, Towards the end of the half Kavallieri Edmunds also had a yellow card and so did Bonavia. These two cards cost the team a great deal in strength and stamina as the match went on.
Kavallieri burst into action with a 35 metre trademark linout driven and then a second of 15 metres but could not quite cross the line for a score, until indiscipline gave away a penalty for Stompers to clear. Camilleri put a low grubber kick which the wind carried over the try lin, Kawara had it covered until a wicked bounce made him miss the touch down, so Camillieri scored a try.
Young Martin had by now exerted a definite superiority in the front row for Stompers which spoiled the quality of initial Kavallieri possession.
The game was loosening up and there were many exciting back runs and hard tackles, but still the only side which looked like scoring was Stompers. Attard, Camillieri and Battista were constantly sniping away but several good chances were lost by selfishly failing to pass the ball.
Attard added a penalty for Stompers, who also scored another try from a forward drive. The final try was the result of a comedy clearance by Kavallieri which gave away possession after Bonavia earned himself a second yellow to make a red card and suspension.