Rugby: Malta Marauders Veterans rugby team reached the final

Monday, June 19, 2017, 9:50

Malta Marauders Veterans rugby team reached the final of the Prague International Veterans tournament for the second year running, but missed out on the trophy yet again.

Marauders were drawn in Pool A of the eight-team tournament, and were first on against the French team Gros Moignons. This proved to be the hardest game of the pool, and Marauders won by a single try from winger Alan Billington. The second game saw Marauders face Moldova, and tries from Steve Perry, Graeme Petchey and Andy Longley gave them a well-deserved victory. The final pool game pitched Marauders against Czech side Moravkoletski Orli, and a brilliant try from Longley secured the win.

At the end of the preliminary stage, Marauders had topped their pool, without conceding a try. This earned them a place in the final against hot favourites Hamilton Dynamiters, an international touring team from the oldest club in South Africa. With a squad of only 15 against a Dynamiters squad of double that size, Marauders knew they were up against it, and so it proved.  They gave everything they had from the first whistle, but could not pierce the superb Hamilton defence, and with their fast-paced back line on fire and a fresh bench of replacements to bring on, the South African team took the honours with a 25-0 win.

So Marauders came away with the runners-up trophy for the second consecutive year. Club president Phil Gibbs thanked sponsors STM Malta, praised the overall performance of the team, which contained three players over 60, and said they would return next year to hopefully make it third time lucky.

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