Jarrod Sammut inspires Malta to huge win over Montenegro

Drew Darbyshire
Jarrod Sammut Malta

Photo: Dominic Borg

Barrow half-back Jarrod Sammut racked up 30 points in a stunning individual display to help Malta beat Montenegro 66-6 on home soil.

The 35-year-old scored a hat-trick and kicked nine goals as Malta claimed the spoils against Montenegro, who endured their first foray into the international arena.

Malta ran in 12 tries, with centre Zarrin Galea also going over for a hat-trick; his first coming inside the opening minute. Montenegro claimed their first points just before the break thanks to Red Star Belgrade forward Balsa Zarkovic. However, it was Malta who claimed the Medieval Shield with a thrilling 66-6 win.

Jarrod Sammut: Maltese community got behind us

Sammut, who has made more than 250 career appearances in Australia and England, said: “It’s great for the international game, a lot of work goes on behind the scenes to make this happen and the Maltese community really got behind us.

“For me personally, it’s not about the individual points haul but more a great effort by the team to come away with a home win which we’ve been desperate for over the last 10 years. I want to thank everyone involved for making the day so special.

“The body’s holding up really well. I’ve got some years left in me, I’m feeling great and still loving the game. It would be a step back if I didn’t pass on my knowledge and experience, that’s why I love playing for Malta.”

Tears of pride for Montenegro

Montenegro coach Ian Giddings said: “I’m immensely proud. We were up against a fantastic side and it’s a big learning experience for these guys.

“The tears in the dressing room shows their passion and pride for their country. They put in an amazing performance against some astonishingly good players.

“It is nothing but a positive for Montenegro and Balkan rugby league – certainly something to build upon.”

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