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The Narberth Otters finished their season against the West Chester Wolfpack on Sunday with a 61-5 victory. The Otters featured a balanced attack on the day that scored 9 tries with 5 coming from the forwards pack and 4 coming from the backline. Unfortunately it was not enough to get the Otters into the playoffs due to Downingtown earning a bonus point in their match against Media which was enough for them to earn the second playoff spot from Gold division by one point.
Tries: Nate, Adam, Boken (2), Evan, Cameron (2), Colin, Mason
Cons: Nate (8)
The Narberth Otters continued their recent run of strong play with a 57-19 victory over Coventry on Sunday April 30. The Otters got off to a slow start in this one and had to overcome a couple of early injuries in the first half but were able to take a 14-7 lead into halftime thanks to tries from Isaac Martin (20 meter run) and Jack Torbeck (30 meter run after breaking two tackles) that were both converted by Nate.
Nate got things off to a good start in the second half by making a beautiful dummy move and running one in from 40 meters out to put the Otters up 21-7 after his conversion. Coventry fought back to make it 21-14 before Jack Torbeck split two defenders with a dummy of his own to score his second try after strong runs by Colin and Jhamir. Nate also converted that one as well to make it 28-14.
At this point the Otters were able to put their foot on the gas a little bit as Adam scored from 40 meters following a solid pass from Jack, Ray scored from 5 meters off of a lineout, and Colin scored off a pick and go from 2 meters out following a 50 meter run from Ray which Coach Matt Taylor says consisted of 8 stiff arms and I believe him. Nate’s golden boot only comes out in big moments so we missed a couple of the conversions but still held a 45-14 lead.
70 minutes into the match Coventry scored a consolation try before Colin scored again, this time from 20 meters out and with a few stiff arms of his own and Nate added a final try for the Otters off a grubber kick following a strong run from Luke to set him up.
It’s a good performance from the Otters who close out their regular season schedule on Sunday May 7 against West Chester at the stadium in Conshy.
Tries: Isaac, Jack (2), Nate (2), Adam, Ray, Colin (2),
Cons: Nate (6)
After a long layoff due to circumstances beyond our control the Narberth Otters were finally able to get some rugby in this weekend against LaSalle’s Second XV. Father Judge and LaSalle played a league match earlier in the day so the match was structured as Narberth teaming up with the reserves from Judge to take on LaSalle’s second side over three 25 minute periods. The Otters played fast, transitioned quickly from offense to defense, and held onto the ball in contact in order to minimize turnovers, which enabled them to quickly put up 45 points in the first 50 minutes. LaSalle was a determined team and wouldn’t be completely denied however as they stormed back with 29 points of their own in the final period to make it a 45-29 match.
Tries for the Otters were scored by Toes, Jhamir, Jack (2), Evan, and Nate (2) with Nate making 4 conversions and Colin also hitting one. In addition to his try Evan made a huge hit against one of LaSalle’s centers who was hunting for the goal line and was awarded Man of the Match by Coach Gabe Gliwa.
It was a good day for the Otters overall and it should serve as something to build on as the team turns its attention back to league play and its quest for the playoffs. This Sunday the Otters travel to Coventry for what promises to be a good match and next weekend the Otters host their annual beef and beer fundraiser on Saturday (www.narberthrugbyclub.teamsnapsites.com for details) before taking on West Chester at home (11th and Harry Street in Conshohocken on Sunday). Additionally, at 3:30 PM next Sunday, May 7 Narberth is hosting an alumni game after the U-19 game for all former players.
On Sunday, April 2, the Narberth Otters traveled to Media for a U-19 match and ended up falling 50-19 to a very well coached side. It was a beautiful day for rugby on a great field at Rose Tree Elementary and in the early going it looked like things might go the Otters’ way. Isaac Martin got the team off to a strong start by breaking off a long run from inside the Otters’ half to score a try under the posts and give the team a 7-0 lead after a conversion from Nate Nagvajara.
Unfortunately, Media was able to make better use of the entire width of the field by using their strong pick and go game up the middle to suck in extra Otter defenders and then spin the ball out wide. This tactic enabled them to take a 31-7 lead at the half.
In the second half the teams traded tries when Isaac was again able to create space for himself and run in a try from his own half to make it a 43-14 scoreline, following a conversion from Nate, before Media extended it to 50-14. In the dying moments of the game Adam Judkowski showed tremendous heart and determination by following another Isaac linebreak to receive an offload and score the Otters third try of the match.
Other Otters who deserve recognition for their efforts include Cal for toughing it out and playing through a blood nose and George for keeping himself ready at all times on the sideline so that he could help out twice in the front row on blood subs and for finishing the game at prop. Another shoutout goes to Davon for playing in his first every rugby match. Here’s to many more!
The Narberth Otters earned a well deserved victory over the Kutztown Silverbacks on Sunday March 26 at A.A. Gaithwaite Stadium in Conshohocken. The score was tied 0-0 15 minutes into the match when the Otters stole a lineout deep in Kutztown’s zone leading to a try for Nate Nagvajara who also hit the conversion to give Narberth a 7-0 lead. A few minutes later Nate hit a penalty kick to extend the lead to 10-0 before Kutztown was able to score a try of their own when a successful kick and chase led to a score from their inside center to make the game 10-5. That was the score going into the locker room at halftime.
After a few quick adjustments the Otters were ready to re-take the field. The second half featured tries from Colin Prigent and Jhamir Watkins that were both converted by Nate to help the Otters build a 24-5 lead. Things got interesting late as Kutztown’s second row, number 5, scored to make it 24-10 which ended up being the final.
Colin Prigent earned man of the match honors for his strong play at loose forward and I was also impressed with the play of Jack Torbeck, Adam Judkowski, Michael Bokan, Luke Powell and Cameron McKendrick. All in all it was a solid team effort and everyone did their part. The forwards need to continue working on rucking but the tackling around the fringes was excellent and the backs did a good job running hard with the ball in hand. If we keep playing 15 as 1 success will continue.