Narberth 54-15 Beddau

Narberth produced another power-packed second half where they racked up 33 unanswered points after a tight first period where Beddau’s brand of forward-orientated play limited them to a narrow 21-15 advantage.

The Otters were always stronger in the set-pieces however, and that factor clearly soaked up the energy of the visitors as they struggled to cope with Narberth’s pace behind the scrum, with Jack Price, Kieron Jones and Nick Gale posing a threat whenever they had the ball.

They opened the scoring early on as Dan Smith and his youthful props Tom Slater and Rhys Davies set the platform before Gale created the space and unselfishly supplied Jones with the scoring pass before No 10 Ianto Griffiths added the extra points.

But then The Otters gifted Beddau seven points as an attack broke down and failure to make the ball safe saw Beddau winger Joe Cassella score a try that outside half Hywel Chatham converted.

Narberth were soon back on the offensive, however, and a strong surge involving Richard Rees, skipper Alex Jenkins and Dewi Williams allowed Tom Powell to go close before Jake Simm barged his way through and Griffiths notched the extra points.

The Otters were then awarded a penalty try after a series of close range scrums was illegally halted and referee Dewi Phillips ran to the posts as he ran out of patience!

At this stage Beddau were in trouble but the resilience that has seen them reach seventh spot saw them battle back with a penalty from Chatham before a try from replacement Alex Meeson in the corner which Chatham did well to convert and restrict The Otters to a six-point interval lead.

But whatever coach Sean Gale said at the oranges it certainly worked because within minutes of the restart his side grabbed their bonus-point fourth try from No 8 Rees at a close range set-piece – and this was quickly followed by a Tom Powell run to the posts after good work by Nick Gale and Jack Parkinson, with Griffiths converting.

Then Hutchings did well to squeeze in at the corner for Griffiths to slot the excellent conversion before scrum half Rhys Lane and Gale raced over for tries that were converted by Jonathan Rogers.

It enabled The Otters to reach their half century and will have put them in good hwyl for their next match on the 30th December as they travel to Newcastle Emlyn to close down a successful 2017!

And they will go there lying second in the Championship, 14 points off runaway leaders Pontypool and six clear of third placed Tata Steel.

Narberth: Nick Gale, Liam Hutchings, Jack Price, Kieron Jones, Jack Parkinson, Ianto Griffiths, Rhys Lane, Rhys Davies, Dan Smith, Tom Slater, Jake Simm, Alex Jenkins (Capt), Richard Rees, Tom Powell, Dewi Williams. Replacements: Ollie Evans, Rhodri Jones, Jonathan Rogers, Lewys Gibby

Beddau: Zac Byard, Joe Cassella, Tyler Wells, Peter Connolly, Adam Ashford, Hywel Chatham, Lloyd Peart, Ben Stephens, Ethan Coombs, Ben Lee, Rhys Owens, James Cashin, Jack Perkins, Jordan Goodwin (Capt), Joe Miles. Replacements: David Francis, Tom Slater, Adam Court, Alex Meeson.