Looking forward to Latvia

Friday, November 5, 2010, 11:36

With one day to go before Malta’s crunch rugby match against Latvia on Saturday, the squad is fit, preparing well and looking forward to what’s expected to be a close game.

In spite of their narrow loss against Lithuania, (9-6) “the squad remains upbeat and camaraderie within the team is excellent,” said Danny Sacco, team manger. “The Baltic result was disappointing, but while both teams defended extremely well, Malta attacked throughout the match and it’s true to say we had 70 per cent of the ball.”

During the traditional pre-international MRFU press conference held today at The Intercontinental Hotel, inevitable questions were asked about the Dutch referee’s failure to see a try scored by fullback, O’Brien. “We learn from these things, said Sacco “and simply come back better and stronger.”

Adding his thoughts about Saturday’s clash, Coach, Damien Neill, said he was looking forward to fielding new faces on the home ground. Compared to last season, there are no fewer than 11 new faces in the squad including Mark Davey, Andrew Dixon, Daniel Holliday, Sam Borg and Jurgen Pavanello. “Obviously it’s fantastic to secure a home win, but the boys know this will be difficult. Latvia only lost to Croatia in the last two minutes of their game last week (14-12).”

As ever, immense preparation continues ahead of Saturday’s match on the emerald green pitch at Hibernians Stadium, one of only two rugby internationals played in Malta every season. Bumper crowds are expected to support our boys amid the usual carnival-like atmosphere that’s come to be associated with the day.

Martin Galea, president of the MRFU commented, “The home internationals are always a showcase for our sport and the Union, and it would be impossible to stage them without continued support –not only from a raft of volunteers, but also the incredible backing of our sponsors. Farsons, Gasan Mazda and GasanMamo remain steadfast in their commitment and I’m pleased that MIA and the Intercontinental have also decided to invest in rugby in Malta – not just in senior men’s, but across the board, including the ladies and youth sectors. On Saturday, Cleland & Souchet are enabling us to provide additional hospitality and we expect to be able to make further announcements regarding sponsorship after the international,” the President said.

Malta vs Latvia, 6th November, Hibernians Stadium
Doors open: 12.30p.m. Kick-off: 2.00p.m.

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