BARROW Raiders half-back Jarrod Sammut led the way on international duty for Malta as they defeated Montenegro 66-6 in the inaugural Medieval Shield.

Played at Mosta FC’s Charles Abela Stadium, it was the visitors’ first foray into the international arena but the more experienced hosts ran out convincing winners in a 12-try display.

Sammut was the star of the show, claiming a hat-trick and nine goals as he amassed a personal points tally of 30 in sweltering conditions.

Speaking post-match, Sammut 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.

He added: “The body’s holding up really well, I’ve got some years left in me, 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.”