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Quality display helps Otters to victory

Photo by Myrddin Dennis

A TOP quality and highly entertaining match at the Lewis Lloyd Ground saw Narberth run out winners by 51 points to 28.

A large crowd was treated to eleven tries in all and as one Narberth supporter said after the match, “that’s how rugby used to be played; what a great performance from both sides”.

The scoring commenced with two long range penalties by Otters full back Nick Gale and this was quickly followed by a penalty try after a dominant Narberth scrum was collapsed inches from the Glamorgan Wanderers try line.

After a further ten minutes a relieving kick by the visitors full back was collected by Otters wing Ashley Sutton and he broke through the entire Wanderers defence and then slipped a pass to supporting centre Josh Davies who scored wide out (18-0).

Straight from the kick off the ball was moved to Gale who broke the initial defence and passed inside to the supporting scrum half Lewys Gibby. When confronted by the visitors’ full back he passed outside to Josh Davies who ran in unopposed under the posts. Gale converted (25-0).

Narberth attacked again from the kick off but a dropped pass was seized upon by the Wanderers flanker who gave a quick pass to his supporting centre and he ran in for a converted try (25-7).

There was time for one further try before the interval when Otters No.8 Roy Osborn crashed over in the corner (30-7).

A strong pep talk in the changing rooms saw the Wanderers come out for the second half with renewed vigour.

In the first ten minutes they scored two converted tries by their left wing and hooker to take the score to 30-21 and brought them back into the game.

This in turn brought the best out of the Otters and with both teams throwing everything into attack a clearance kick by the Wanderers’ full back was charged down by flanker Richie Rees who scored near the posts for Gale to convert and restore the lead to 37-21.

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Narberth continued to pile on the pressure and after a series of drives by the Otters’ forwards, Narberth fly half Jonathan Rogers sold the perfect dummy and ran in under the posts. Gale converted (44-21).

A further try was scored when Narberth centre Ianto Griffiths glided in under the posts but Wanderers refused to give up and had the last word when their flanker went over for a try which brought the final score to 51-28 in favour of the Otters.