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Otters claim late win against Trebanos

Jonathan Rogers kicks the winning penalty. Photo by Steve Thomas

NARBERTH travelled to Trebanos and after a tough and hard fought game they managed to come away with a win. Trebanos always seem to raise their game against Narberth and the match was in the balance right up to the dying minutes.

Trebanos were first to score with an early penalty but Narberth got their noses in front when after a driving maul about ten metres out No.8 Roy Osborn powered over the line for a try which full back Nick Gale converted (3-7)

The Otters continued to try to win the territory game by long kicks downfield or spreading the ball wide to their wingers but all attempts failed to prise open the home teams solid defence which was also extremely good at gaining turn over ball at the breakdowns. So tight was the game that there were no further scores before half time.

Shortly after the break, Trebanos again took the lead when after a series of forward drives their flanker powered over near to the posts for a well deserved try. The relatively straightforward conversion attempt failed which in the end turned out to be crucial (8-7).

With ten minutes to go Narberth eventually put a string of passes together which stretched the home team’s defence and winger Geraint Llewellyn playing in only his second game for the Otters scampered over in the corner for an excellent try which fly half Jonathan Rogers converted to put Narberth back in the lead (8-14).

However only a few minutes later Ashley Sutton, who’d moved from wing to full back to replace the injured Gale, in attempting to run the ball out of defence, threw a long pass to his supporting winger which was unfortunately intercepted by the Trebanos centre who ran in under the posts for a converted try (15-14).

The Otters faithful supporters were now fearing the worst but with seconds to go Narberth had a scrum about thirty metres from the home try line.

Trebanos were pushed back in the scrum and the Otters were awarded a penalty which fly half Rogers with nerves of steel managed to kick between the uprights to earn Narberth the tightest of victories by 17 points to 15.