In Pictures: Malta lose carelessly to LatviaThursday, November 11, 2010, 16:55
It was an upsetting week for the local rugby clan as the national team crashed to two defeats, 6-9 away to Lithuania and 26-33 at the hands of the Latvia. Both games were qualifiers in the FIRA/AER Division 2A
Saturday’s game against Latvia at the Hibs stadium started off very well for Malta, rushing to a 19-0 lead with three tries by Matthew Camilleri, James O’Brien and Malcolm Attard and two conversions by O’Brien. The stunned Latvians managed to score from two penalties to go into the break with a 19-6 deficit.
The opening of the second half saw Latvia take the upper hand, scoring two tries and the subsequent conversions to level the match at 19-19. Malta’s star player O’Brien scored an impressive try with a sprint from mid-pitch and didn’t miss the conversion to put Malta back on top, 26-19.
Latvia had the last laugh when two tries and conversions in the last few minutes saw the boys in red rejoicing while silencing those on the stands. One must note that Malta coach Damian Neill was missing a number of key players that included Oliver Sacco, Mario Fountain, Tom Holloway and Matthew Mirabelli