Kavallieri and Stompers keep a clean sheet

Monday, November 29, 2010, 17:51

by Mike Turner

Ladies Rugby – Ben Bennett Cup

KAVALIERI 12 VS FALCONS 24

Falcons simply dissected a fumbling, disappointing Kavallieri side which never looked like a team, lacking confidence in their own undoubted ability. However Charlene Bartolo made an impressive start to the season by using her athletic strength to score both Kavallieri tries.

On the contrary Falcons played an excellent team game, with good positioning, constant back up and offloading. So time and again their crisp, accurate passing created an overlap for the speedy wing, Vanessa Attard, three tries and Claire Casha, one.

Kavallieri had to rely on individual strength and breaks to register their scores.

All the women’s teams need to improve their kicking in order to be competitive on the international scene.

OVERSEAS 5 VS ALLIGATORS 0

Overseas dominated this game territorially but simply lacked the skills and positioning to score against plucky defence Both sides lack real speed, which is important in sevens rugby, but the enthusiasm is high and the new players improve weekly.

ALLIGATORS 5 VS KAVALLIERI 38

Alligators were no match for the individual strength of the Kavallieri, Vassallo scored two tries with some fearsome hand-offs, and Bartolo also scored two after knocking plucky defenders aside with ease. Cassar and Psaila scored one each and Cassar converted four. Alligators also opened their first score with an excellent try which should encourage their progress.

Cisk Lager League

OVERSEAS 0 VS KAVALLIERI 22

Elementary errors cost an Overseas side who had lost most of their backs through injury, had several playing well out of position, and never quite clicked as a team. Dario Schembri of Kavallieri is improving at scrum half and fast becoming an influential player, and Chris Vassallo played a storming game and might soon be challenging to resume as a Malta international. However he was lucky to remain on the pitch after a blatant tackle of a man without the ball which undoubtedly deserved a card. If he is to reclaim his national place he must control his immense passion

Reuben Vella at fly half was a great improvement and this experiment should continue.
Kavallieri ran the game according to their well used plan of softening up the opposition with continual crash ball, but Overseas helped them by giving away easy territory with silly penalties and failure to clear cleanly. Mallia opened the Kavallieri score after charging through weak tackles, converted by Schembri.

Shortly afterwards Doublesin kicked a superb long touch from a penalty and the Kavallieri pack drove over wide out to make it 12-0 at half time.
Overseas started the second half hard and won plenty of good ball but poor passing and positioning wasted much of the possession, as the players confused each other. For Overseas, international Clayton Cassar has still not learned to really exploit his athletic bulk fully and Kavallieri were able to halt his driving runs.

Dithering in defence by Overseas gave away some 50 metres and Kavallieri launched a superb attack, swinging from side to side until the overlap was given to Grima who scored easily.

A final try left Kavallieri as worthy winners on the day.

All the final scores from last weekend’s games:

Ladies: Ben Bennett 7’s Cup:

Falcons                 24           vs            Kavallieri              12
Alligators             0              vs            Overseas             0
Alligators             5              vs            Kavallieri              38

Cisk League:

Kavallieri              22           vs            Overseas             0
Stompers            32           vs            Alligators             0

Malta 10’s Challenge

Kavallieri              12           vs            Overseas             17
Valletta                12           vs            Falcons                 26





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