Even the presence of Crusaders half back Jarrod Sammut could not prevent Malta from slipping to defeat against Germany, as the hosts triumphed 36-12 in the second match of the European Shield, in Hochspeyer.
Scrum half Jimmy Keinhorst was the star for the Germans, racing in for four tries, his hat trick touchdown two minutes into the second half, to establish a 22-6 lead, the match turner.
That was converted by half back brother Kristian one of six successful shots at goal, the pair tormenting the visitors throughout.
The Germans, looking to gain recompense for their narrow defeat in Norway in the opening game, began impressively, skipper Dan Stocks crossing in the fourth minute after good work by the sniping Keinhorst’s.
Jimmy then took centre stage, a terrific sidestep seeing him score by the posts to increase the lead and delight the 300 or so fans, to make it 12-0.
On the half hour, Stocks was forced from the field with injury but Jimmy Keinhorst again showed his class with another quality touchdown.
Sammut then showed his Super League skill, receiving a wide pass from Malta skipper Chris Parker, deceiving the cover and going over by the posts, Daniel Marzella goaling to make it 18-6 at the break.
A lack of focus by the visitors just after the re-start saw them turn the ball over in their own quarter and Jimmy Keinhorst again proved to be their nemesis with more excellent footwork.
It got worse for the Maltese when Shan Francois Hussain was helped off with a suspected broken tibia and the heavy rain meant that chasing the game was always going to be even more difficult.
In increasingly difficult conditions, prop Tomas Isaac powered his way over for Germany, Parker responding five minutes from time as the rain eased.
In the final minute Jimmy Keinhorst crowned a memorable day with his fourth touchdown.
The result means that the title will be decided in Malta when they face Norway on 2nd September.
1 Chris Huber, 2 Mawuli Ameha, 3 Nick Keinhorst, 4 Nico Koch, 5 Max Schoengen, 6 Kristian Keinhorst, 7 Jimmy Keinhorst, 8 Tomas Isaac, 13 Dan Stokes (captain), 10 Ben Behr-Hayder, 12 Markus Keinhorst, 11 Fabrice Fehlemann, 9 Andy Hoggins, Subs (all used): 15 Sebastian Roczyn, 14 Max Froeschner, 16 Anselm Wagner, 17 Liam Doughton
Tries: Stocks (4), J. Keinhorst (26, 35, 42, 79), Isaas (53) Goals: N. Keinhorst 6/8
1 Shaun Bartlett, 2 Joey Criminale, 3 Paul Bartlett, 4 Mait Frendo, 5 Dom Grima, 6 Jarrod Sammut, 7 Daniel Marzella, 8 Paul Borg, 9 Liam Grima, 10 Chris Parker (captain), 11 Clifford Debattista, 12 Justin Barlogio, 13 Shaun Gilmor Subs (all used): 14 Graham Attard, 15 Shan Francois Hussain
Tries: Sammut (39), Parker (75) Goals: Marzella 2/2
Men of the match: GERMANY – Jimmy Keinhorst MALTA – Shaun Gilmour
Referee: Steve Davis (England)
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