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STOMPERS TOO GOOD FOR GLADIATORS AND ORIGIN RL

Stompers hit peak form in round rwo of MRL’s domestic championship overnight to inflict heavy defeats on both the Gladiators and Malta Origin teams, thumping each side by 29 and 37 points respectively.

In a change of venue for the evening’s proceedings, Melita FC Sports Complex in Pembroke has perhaps become a fortress of sorts for the Men in Red after a watertight performance.

Stompers had won both their games in Round 1 before last night but the team was itching to make a further statement that they mean business.

An early chance was missed when International Julian Caruana who appeared off his former pace was tackled into touch from a certain scoring position in the opening exchanges of the game vs Gladiators.
An abundance of early possession in good territory however gave his team plenty of opportunities.

Jeremy Debattista popped up for his first try of the season, latching onto a Richard Gum grubber.

Matthew Von Brockdorf was shining in the centres and showed why he is such a prized member of the team by pouncing on a defensive lapse to score Stompers second to make it 12-0.

There was barely an overlap when the former International squeezed his way through the line with a burst of pace that left his marker in his wake.

In the next set, Stompers continued to make the Gladiators pay when Julian Caruana combined with Matthew Alexander for a superb try in the corner.

From then on, the floodgates opened and Match Official Issac Bezzina spent the majority of the night blowing the pea out of his whistle and pointing to the spot behind the Gladiators goal line.

To their credit, Gladiators did offer some resistance and were able to post a hat-trick of tries through International Jean Pierre Zarb.

Final Score Stompers 51 defeated Gladiators 22

In the second game of the evening, the competition's worst attacking side after Round 1 was always going to find it tough to come back, even after gaining several loan players to make up the numbers.

Handling errors in the humid conditions by the Malta Origin squad and unnecessary penalties in succession led to a plethora of four-pointers by the unforgiving Stompers.

Man of the match Richard Gum might well be charged a rental fee for the amount of time he spent crossing the whitewash as he piled on four tries of his own under the lights of Melita Stadium.

The biggest insult was saved until late in the match when Stompers Prop Dragan Cerketa ran straight through a flimsy defence and continued for another 80 metres all the way to the try-line for his third touchdown of the night. A solid performance by the big enforcer.

Not even a double for Malta Origin Captain Sam Blighton-Keep could mask the pain of this defeat, something compounded by late withdrawals from several of his key players.

Final Score Stompers 51 defeated Malta Origin RL 14

The third game was a lacklustre affair between Malta Origin RL and Gladiators which resulted in a 10 all draw to complete Round 2 of the Summer Domestic Championship.

In other news, in an effort to bolster their roster, Malta Origin RL is in talks with several players from Australia and is close to securing some much needed experience for the back end of the season.
 
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