An­other con­vinc­ing win for Malta

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Malta Cyprus

It was an­other glo­ri­ous day for the Mal­tese na­tional team yes­ter­day as, de­spite the bad weather, Damian Neill’s boys ran out easy 31-3 win­ners against Cyprus for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive win in the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship Con­fer­ence South 1.

Last week, Malta had emerged 63-15 win­ners against An­dorra.

Malta at­tacked for long stretches and were al­ways in com­mand de­spite be­ing ham­pered by the bad weather con­di­tions – the wind and the rain.

Cyprus took the lead on 36 min­utes through a Zaval­lis penalty, but the Mal­tese re­acted quickly to this set­back and Daniel Hol­l­i­day scored a try be­fore the in­ter­val with James Mor­ris con­vert­ing from a few me­tres.

The score be­came 14-3 early in the sec­ond half after a James Kirk try and an­other James Mor­ris con­ver­sion.

James Kirk then scored an­other try but

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Mor­ris this time failed to con­vert.

Malta had to play the fi­nal 10 min­utes with 10 men as Luke Watts re­ceived a yel­low card, but they were still good enough to add an­other five points to their to­tal through Rory O’Brien.

The fi­nal points ar­rived near the end through a Dra­gan Cer­keta try and an­other James Mor­ris con­ver­sion.

Malta: R. Apsee, D. Hol­l­i­day (5), A. Har­vey, D. Deguara, M. Davey, L. Watts, D. Apsee, J. Basher, T. Hol­loway, T. Quaren­don, G. Hep­burn, D. Busut­til, R. Hol­loway, J. Kirk (10), J. Mor­ris (6)

Sub­sti­tutes: D. Cer­keta (5), N. Gatt, R. O’Brien (5), B. Borg, J. Galea, M. Spiteri, I. Bezzina, J. De­bat­tista

Cyprus: D. Grig­o­riou, M. Zakaki­o­tis, C. Kasabi, A. An­to­niou, J. Bil­ton, Y. Blond, C. Joan­nou, L. Frixou, G. Shaouna, A. Zaval­lis (3), P. Niko­laidis, S. Emery, G. Agath­ok­leous, A. Fell, M. King Sub­sti­tutes: M. Maratheftis, M. Vasili Ref­eree: Ariel Cabral (Is­rael)

Malta’s Robert Hol­loway (cen­tre) pow­ers on against Cyprus Photo: Domenic Aquilina

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