Titanic battle as Stompers win against Overseas for top position
Sliema Stompers underlined their title credentials with a good win against a silky Overseas team in a very exciting game at Marsa with the final score being 45 – 22.
Overseas started the game with Vince Stivala starting at fly-half whereas Stompers started with Calvin Briffa playing on the open-side of the back row. South African Robert Meintjes returned to the starting XV again.
Dragan Cerketa who played in an unfamiliar role, in the back row, remained a galvanising force. Malcolm Attard was accurate with the boot, kicking a very good game for goal and even territory.
Stompers were dominant in the scrum and won several balls on Overseas' put in. This set the tone for the game, giving Stompers an edge that carried into territory and put the defence under pressure.
Meintjes got the tries underway inside two minutes of play with Attard adding the extras. Attard proceeded to score a try of his own. The first half was a good show by Stompers' as they made good ground when playing through the forwards, then switching it up when moving the ball out wide.
Stompers' other first half tries came from Daniel Holliday and Luke Debattista. Nathan Gatt came off the bench and impressed with his ball carrying and he was rewarded for his effort with two tries. John Ellul also came off the bench after a long lay off, running good lines.
Luke Debattista finished off a very good counter-attacking try for Stompers before Overseas put up an impressive fightback, scoring three tries in quick succession with winger Jake Buttigieg showing good pace to finish off the moves before the last point.