Malta: 30
Bulgaria: 0

  • Mark Robertson (9),
  • Jean Scholey (16),
  • Kaine Dimech (22),
  • Kyle Gauci (30),
  • Mark Robertson (38),
  • Jarrod Sammut (43),
  • Jarrod Sammut (55),
  • Jean Scholey (58),
  • Mark Robertson (60),
  • Jarrod Sammut (65),
  • Brendan Dalton (75),
  • Brendan Dalton (78),
  • Liam Scicluna (80)

  • Jarrod Sammut (13/13)

  • Mark Camilleri,
  • Jean Scholey,
  • Kyle Gauci,
  • Alfie Jewitt,
  • Reece Dimech,
  • Karl Cassar,
  • Jarrod Sammut,
  • Justin Davenport,
  • Robin Cutajar,
  • Jean-Pierre Zarb,
  • William Watts,
  • Mark Robertson,
  • Kaine Dimech.
  • Subs: Brendan Dalton,
  • Peter Debono,
  • Liam Scicluna,
  • Karol Spiteri
  • Maxim Joakimsman,
  • Simeon Tsvetanov,
  • Georgi Parizov,
  • James Sherwood,
  • Martin Hristov,
  • Veselin Peychev,
  • Tsvetan Rashev,
  • Mitko Atanasov,
  • Vladislav Parizov,
  • Aleksandar Tomanov,
  • Doycho Slavin,
  • Stanislav Borisov,
  • Teodor Manchev.
  • Subs: Kevork Kasparyan,
  • Kiril Atanasov,
  • Anton Georgiev,
  • Tihomir Simeonov

Match report

The Malta Knights registered a comprehensive performance and a record home victory as they ran in 13 tries at Marsa for a 78-0 defeat of Bulgaria.

A Jarrod Sammut masterclass by the Barrow Raiers halfback with a hat-trick of tries and 13 from 13 conversions for a personal haul of 38 points was magic to the eyes of local supporters before he flies out tomorrow morning to play for the Raiders tomorrow afternoon against York City Knights.

Malta head coach Phil Humphrey couldn't hide his satisfaction, commenting, 'We're immensely proud of everyone involved over the Medieval Shield campaign whose hard work has gone into these fantastic results last week in Montenegro and today here at Marsa'.

'Volunteers, players and fantastic supporters all came together to enable us to get this result. We hope this now sets a foundation for us to continue building on, and that we continue improving our sport on behalf of Malta'.

In sweltering 30-degree-plus temperatures, the Malta team didn't seem phased, with a a sterling performance all round, but especially holding their heads high were the 13 local players from the MRL Championship that shone in the Malta squad.

Mark Robertson also collected a hat-trick in front of family that flew in from Scotland, football-come-rugby player and winger Jean Scholey burned the sidelines and crossed for two four-pointers.

A regular on the scoreboard, lock Kaine Dimech made sure today was no different, while young local talents Kyle Gauci crossed and replacement fullback Brendan Dalton grabbed a double.
Malta dual rugby international Liam Scicluna crossed in the final minutes to complete a 13-try rout of the Bulgarian Wolves.

Malta vice-captain Jean-Pierre Zarb played limited minutes due to injury, but the two sides came off the field with relatively no injuries.

Malta team manager Anthony Micallef praised the local fans, 'While credit goes to the opposition for never giving up out there, that was a day out well worth it for all the fans that turned out, watching a superb demonstration by seventeen Knights in  herculean effort to keep their opposition to zero'.