Dan Moore celebrated his return to the veterans team shirt with four tries in Marauders 52-0 mauling of Kavallieri B. The game kicked off on a balmy afternoon more suited to sunbathing than scrummaging, and the first quarter failed to ignite as a series of reset scrums slowed the game down. Marauders inched their way upfield with Kavallieri defending well, until scrum-half Brian Dalton found Joss Howland unmarked in midfield, and he he duly used the space to open up the defence and find the line for the first score. The Marauders scrum, which initially struggled to find its rythmn in the first quarter, with prop Jim Hunter carrying an ankle injury picked up after a barrelling run off the kick -off, got into its stride and started to dominate the set pieces. With the Kavallieri scrum going backwards, the backs used this possession to telling effect when the ball was sent wide along the line and Dan Moore broke down the right wing, dummied his tackler and touched down in the corner. Joe Wilson was next on the scoresheet when he picked up off the back of a ruck and broke through the centre with a powerful run. His second soon followed, when he scored an opportunist try following up a kick from Moore to the touchline and swooping on the fumbled clearance.
With Marauders four tries up at half-time, the second half started with Dalton gathering a loose ball from the kick off and scamper over to score. Moore followed this up with a brilliant jinking run after an initial break from debutant Jack Morris. With Will Thomas Ferrand dominating the line-out and Kevin Busuttil looking sharp around the fringes, Marauders were enjoying plenty of possession which the back line were looking more and more likely to exploit. Moore’s third try was the pick of the bunch, starting with some clever interplay between forwards and backs and ending with an offload from Dalton to put him through to score. In the last few minutes, Moore added the icing to the cake when Patrice Debiere turned on the gas to find a hole through the defence, before unselfishly lobbing an overhead pass over the defender’s head to find Moore to finish off the move and notch up his second-half hat-trick.