Otters win well inTondu
12:01pm Monday 28th October 2013 in Sport
Championship: Tondu 29-35 Narberth
NARBERTH moved into second place in the Championship league behind runaway leaders Ebbw Vale as a result of their narrow win against 12th-placed Tondu, who played far better than their slot in the table would suggest.
The Otters welcomed back Timoci Kaumaitotoya and he played really well alongside Stuart Worrell, Alex Jenkins and the rest of the Otters pack which turned a 10-9 interval deficit into a 25-10 lead.
They were then guilty of taking their foot off the pedal and the side from near Bridgend fought back late on so that the visitors were delighted to finish still in front, with a bonus point, whilst Tondu had the consolation of two bonus points for their considerable efforts.
Tondu’s four tries came from Jonathan Humphreys, Matthew Murphy and Ashton Evans (2), plus three conversions and a penalty by Gareth Powell.
For the Otters, whose front row of Tom Slater, Dan Smith and Sion Lloyd played well, there were tries from No 8 Steffan Phillips, second row Dylan Richards, centre Morgan Griffiths and scrum half Rhys Lane.
No 10 Iestyn Griffiths also exerted a considerable influence as he landed three conversions and three penalties – and the Otters were just about good value for their fifth win of the campaign to go with a draw and two defeats.
Narberth: Johnny Morgan, Tomi Jones, James Griffiths, Morgan Griffiths, Jason Howells, Ianto Griffiths, Rhys Lane, Sean Lloyd, Dan Smith, Tom Slater, Dylan Richards, Alex Jenkins, Timoci Kaumaitotoya, Stuart Worrell, Steffan Phillips. Replacements: Ollie Evans, Owen Jordan, Simon Griffiths, Adrian Killa, Nick Gale.