Narberth travelled to Ystalyfera on the weekend prepared for a very tough match as it was a ground where they had lost last season.

However, this season the home team had a young and inexperienced team and it didn’t take the Otters long to expose some weaknesses in their defence.

Almost straight from the kick off a move involving wing Dean James and centre Ilan Phillips saw scrum half Lewys Gibby take an inside pass and score a try converted by fly half Jonathan Rogers to make it 0-7 to Narberth.

Five minutes later an initial break by Rogers saw Gibby again on hand to swerve past a couple of defenders and dart over the line for an unconverted try to put the Otters 0-12 up.

Then, a charge down kick by James saw him regain possession and cross the line for another unconverted try.

Within 20 minutes Narberth had scored their fourth bonus point try when rampant charges downfield by flanker Rhys Williams and wing James saw the ball moved quickly to the other side of the field where wing Rhys Harris ran in for his first try converted by Rogers to make it 0 - 24.

The home team continued to play open attractive rugby and they were eventually rewarded when their scrum half dived over for a try converted by their full back to claw the score back to 7 – 24.

Immediately from the kick off though, the Otters regained possession and centre Phillips saw a gap in the home side’s defence and ran through for another unconverted try to extend the lead to 7 – 29.

A dropped pass by the home team’s scrum half close to the Otters try line was quickly collected by Gibby and he ran a full 80 metres down the touchline to score his third try converted by Rogers to increase the lead to 7 – 36.

Lewys Gibby
Scrum half Lewys Gibby took an inside pass to score a try (Pic supplied)

Then a loose kick out of defence by the Ystalyfera full back saw James race down the wing and pass inside to Phillips for a further try converted by Rogers which brought up the half time score of 7 - 43 in favour of the Otters.

Five minutes into the second half and another break by centre Phillips saw Gibby cross for his fourth try which Rogers converted to make it 7 – 50.

Narberth then made several changes to their team to give their replacements a run out, one of which was Ashley Sutton making a welcome return at full back after a long absence through injury.

The scoring continued for the Otter when a scrum five metres from the home team’s line saw the ball moved swiftly to wing Harris who went over in the corner for a further try, this time converted by Ianto Griffiths.

The scoring was finally completed by wing Harris striding over in the corner for two more unconverted tries which brought up the final score of 7 – 67 in favour of the Otters.

With five teams being promoted this season, the bonus point win means that Narberth RFC are now assured of promotion to the Premier Division next season for the first time in the Club’s history which is quite some achievement.