Trocadero Marbella continued their impressive home form with a hard-fought 18-15 victory over third placed side, Extremadura C.A.R. Cáceres. The hosts have now won their last six games at Bahia’s Park, a run that stretches back to October.
Cáceres arrived in Marbella on the back of three consecutive defeats but were buoyed by the knowledge that they had defeated Trocadero 36-13 last time round. As such, they started the game with more energy that the hosts, with their power in the contact areas paying dividends as they made the first mark on the scoreboard with a penalty after three minutes, 0-3. This was followed by a converted try from their Fijian centre, well set up by the flyhalf.
Despite trailing 0-10, Trocadero kept their heads and were soon back in it as Andrés Marolla scored two consecutive penalties. The lead was cut even further after thirty minutes when fullback Lucas Pomposiello caught a clearing kick on the halfway line and, after setting himself, nailed a drop goal through the posts to leave the scores at 9-10.
However, the delight was short-lived as Cáceres increased their advantage. Despite solid goal line defence from Trocadero, the visitors found space out wide to score their second try of the game and lead 9-15. Despite this, further indiscipline from Cáceres allowed Marolla to convert another penalty before halftime to reduce the gap to three points at 12-15.
After the break, the Marbella side began to take control, taking advantage of a sin-bin to allow Marolla to level the scores at 15-15. After the penalty, the game settled down, with neither side scoring for thirty minutes.
However, in the 75th minute, Trocadero were awarded a penalty under the posts and Andrés Marolla made no mistake as he increased his and his side’s tally to 18 points with the simplest of kicks. The hosts held on to secure their seventh victory of the season and leave them in seventh position in the table.