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Malta Rugby storm to victory in Slovenia to bag first win of campaign

Malta cruised to a comfortable victory over Slovenia. Photo: Christine Borg

The Malta rugby national team recorded their first win in the FIRA-AER Conference South 1 this season when they breezed past Slovenia 46-10 in Ljubljana on Saturday.

It was the right response from Damien Neill’s boys following last week’s disappointing 23-14 defeat to Bulgaria at the Tony Bezzina Stadium.

As the scoreline shows, the Maltese outfit were a class above their Slovenian opponents as they speed of play proved too much for the Slovenians as the visitors finally picked their first points in this year’s championship.

Malta’s success in Slovenia on Saturday was achieved thanks to the talents of our homegrown players.

In fact, Philippe Ioffe, Mariano Cutajar and Brendan Dalton each helped themselves to two tries apiece while Liam Scicluna and Matthew Spiteri were the other try scorers for Malta.

The other points for Malta came from the feet of Chris Dudman.

Malta will now return to international action on March 25, 2023 when they host Cyprus and then travel to Israel on April 15.

Malta: Matthew Spiteri, Nicholas Azzopardi, Andrea Borg, Cameron Sultana, Liam Scicluna, Daniel Apsee, Jon Jerome Micallef, Mark Davey, Thomas Holloway, Christopher Dudman, Brendan Dalon, Kyle Gauci, Matthew Camilleri, Philippe Ioffe, Jethro Zammit Randich.

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