Stompers Storm the Bastions
Stompers started the game at a cracking pace, and opened the scoring in the first minute, when Valletta gave away a penalty for offside on the 22 metre line.
Stompers moved the ball sharply through the hands of Galea and Zerafa, and Camilleri went over for the try. Eight minutes later Camilleri scored again, when Shranz took a great lineout ball, and Bilston won the resulting breakdown to release the Stompers outside centre. Halfway through the first half, Cerketa broke through from a penalty to score a fine individual try, and five minutes later Attard worked a clever dummy switch on the halfway line and ran strongly to the line to touch down.
Just before half time, Valletta's discipline let them down when Melia was sent to the sin bin for a high tackle, but they managed to defend their line to the first half whistle without Stompers adding to their score. Stompers went into the break 24 points ahead.
With Melia still off the field, Valletta defended stubbornly for seven minutes in the second half before Cerketa, who had a fine game, broke down the left wing before releasing Vernon, who slipped the ball to Galea to score.
Valletta were now struggling to keep any shape in their game, and Stompers scored their sixth try when their midfield combination worked the ball smoothly in from the left wing for Camilleri to score his second. Valletta tried their best to stem the tide, but Camilleri got his hat-trick on 68 minutes when he glided over on the right wing.
Ten minutes from the final whistle, Valletta lost another player to the sin bin, when McClean was yellow carded for playing the ball with his hands in the ruck, but Stompers failed to turn the resulting penalty into points, and Van Brockdorf was finally penalised for slipping his binding in the scrum to allow Valletta to clear their line. Two minutes from time, Gatt scored Stompers final try when he blasted through from a penalty awarded against Valletta for not releasing. Referee De Silva blew the final whistle to put Valletta out of their misery, and the final score was Stompers 46 Valletta 0.
This was a game in which Valletta left their defensive game plan at home. They missed too many tackles, and lacked cohesion in attack. Stompers showed their discipline and organization, dominated the set piece and, if they had nailed their final pass on a couple of occasions, would have been even further ahead.
Man of the match was Stompers prop Dragan Cerketa.