The Cyprus national rugby side beat Slovakia 38-6 away from home in Europe Conference Division 2 South over the weekend.
When the Cypriots lined up for the pre-game anthems, they appeared bigger and more athletic than previous Moufflon teams, and it soon became evident as they were faster and more organised than the opposition.
Within three minutes, Chris Joannou touched down for five points. The opposition then kicked a penalty closing the score to 3-5. Adonis Marmaras scored a try that Andy Fell converted, giving the Moufflons a lead of 12-3, which was cut by three points when the Slovaks were awarded a penalty after a moment of indiscipline by Cyprus.
Andy Binicos, the Cyprus coach, left the team in no doubt he wanted a better performance from them in the second half and his resolution paid off. Seven minutes after the interval, Andy Fell crossed the goal- line for another try.
Intelligent use of the bench by Binicos resulted in a flurry of tries and conversions, with Chris Georgiou, scoring a hat-trick for Cyprus.
Theo Lenos, team manager, said it “was one of our best performances.”
“The coach believes we can win this division, and I agree with him. They look to me like the team of old, when, unheralded and unknown, we surprised the opposition in Europe and went six years undefeated. Do you remember?”