Rampant Kavallieri sweep aside Overseas

Monday, October 24, 2011, 9:25

by Mike Turner


By the end of this entertaining and hard fought game played in difficult muddy conditions, Kavallieri had built an impressive lead, to make an authoritative claim on the Ray Elliot Cup. This cup is the traditional start to the rugby season, played between the winners of the Cisk Lager League and the Mediterranean Bank Cup. A touching gesture was that Kavallieri player Rhys Elliot, the son of Ray was asked to take the trophy in memory of his late father from his mother at the presentation.

The game started off at a good pace, with Overseas veteran Dalton showing a fine and energetic example. Overseas spent some time camped on the Kavallieri line but the renowned Kavallieri defence defied them, until Macamara notched a penalty. Throughout the match, Kavallieris passing was too soft and lobbed which cost them ground. Overseas were penalised for not releasing after a tackle and the kick by Edmunds drew Kavallieri level. More pressure from Overseas led to a fine driving try for Hamilton off a scrum, converted by Macnamara to regain the lead, and led them to further territorial pressure against the stalwart defence.

Then against the run of play Kavallieri gained ground and Grech drove in for a try, converted by Edmunds to equlaize again.

From this moment on Kavallieri gradually asserted a superiority and began to attack although, frustratingly, they wasted two huge overlaps by selfish ball holding. Just before half time Overseas Naphausen incurred a stupid yellow card for needlessly involving himself in a dispute, which led to the Kavallieri lineout imposing their trade mark lineout maul to drive over en-masse and Attard touched down. Edmunds converted to give a half time lead of 17-10.
The younger and fitter Kavallieri were able to exert pressure on the fourteen Overseas which show the idiocy of a player in getting sent to the sinbin. Overseas started the second half sloppily and leaked another try by Fiore from the back of a set scrum drive.

Subs Bonicci (Overseas) and Robert Bonavia (Kavallieri) both played influential roles in the second half.

Dreadful cover by Overseas after a tentative punt by Edmunds led to the Kombo brothers combining well to score another Kavallieri try, converted by Edmunds as the match sliipped away from Overseas.

Macnamara missed a very kickable penalty as Overseas woes increased, but this seemed to trigger off a good period as they attempted to exert pressure on a Kavallieri side which seemed for a while to lose pattern and discipline. However they just could not penetrate the spirited defence, because their attacks were poorly marshalled throughout.

A superb kick by Edmunds right into the gap after a terrible throw in by Barloggio gave away Overseas possession led to asterling attack along the line and yet another good try by Mallia.

Overseas Gauci was unlucky to get a yellow card for a tackle in the air which looked as if it had been well timed, and the Kavallieri responded with a yellow card for repeated offending.

Finally a good example of support, offloading and passing led to the last Kavallieri try, again converted by Edmunds, who notched up a personal 11 points.
A good start to the season, with plenty of new faces in both sides, and the Kavallieri posting a strong challenge to the other clubs with this positive result.


  1. Pierre says:

    Well done Kavallieri, great start of season. Bobby kemm int IKRAH !!! :)


  2. Brenton says:

    Well done guys !!!
    Let’s trash everyone this season!


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