Falcons and Overseas take final honours

Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 8:25



Falcons started strong favourites to win the competition and started well, as Kavallieri took time to settle down, with a period of constant pressure launching fast passing backs attacks from a platform created by their strong forwards. Tries by Attard and D. Casha, one converted by C. Casha opened up a 12 point lead. However this inspired Kavallieri to come back with disciplined play and two tries by Bartolo and Cassar pulled back 10 points at half time.

In the second half Falcons put on heavy forward pressure and C. Casha and Sultana scored tries with Casha converting one. A superb try by Cassar was Kavallieri’s only reply, when she destroyed the Falcons defence with a swerving change of pace. However Kavallieri lost their pattern under pressure and indulged in several poor kicks. This was a fine and exciting running game to watch and showed how much Women’s Rugby is improving in Malta.

Falcons players celebrating



What a brilliant and exciting spectacle these two sides gave a big and vociferous crowd to enjoy. Despite Stompers winning the majority of the ball in the first half, they never managed to threaten because they never had their game under control, whereas Overseas played with confident skill from the start. Their quick thinking and passing and support for offloads was excellent and as they soaked up the pressure they launched incisive attacks to notch up a 24- nil lead with two tries by Wright plus one each by Spagnol and the veteran Van Reeven . That was a spectacle as he intercepted another sloppy pass to run a lung bursting 50 metres with Stompers defence catching up all the way. Then Attard hit back finally with another interception to put in Bradley for a good try which Attard converted.

Overseas Cassar was yellow carded for a silly offence and Sammut left the field injured so suddenly Overseas were at a big disadvantage. Nevertheless their defence held out but the match was suddenly wide open. Overseas scored again after a break by Mestre released Wright and Mestre converted. Overseas were penalized for killing the ball, Attard converted for three more points. Then after a hard physical session with two Overseas players lying injured, Camilleri scored for Stompers and Attard converted.

Satariano came on for Stompers and immediately the game changed as he slipped effortlessly into his old game patterns and understanding with Attard and Stompers looked as if they could win. He immediately made the calls and managed the game. Galea scored good try and Devaney, who had played an inspired game but was tiring fast, put his side under strain by getting a yellow card. Then Satariano combined superbly with Attard to wriggle over . However it was too late and Overseas hung on to win and pick up the first Med Bank Cup.

A magnificent game to end the home season although there are several international sevens dates and the International Clubs Tournament next week.

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