A NOT SO BLANK WEEKEND ?

It was a week of inactivity for Neath but there was plenty happening in the rugby world.

On Friday evening, Neath were toppled from top spot in Tier 2 by Cross Keys whose 26-nil bonus point win at Swansea sent them 4 points ahead, although Neath still have a game in hand. Keys’ tries came from Lewis Barnett, Scott Andrews, Leon Andrews and Matt Powell with Josh Prosser converting three.

Elsewhere, television viewers will have been delighted with centre Keiran Williams’ performance in the high-scoring Wales Under-20’s 65-34 win against Scotland at Cumbernauld. Keiran scored two tries and nearly scored another prompting BBC’s Phil Steele to describe him as part-Scott Gibbs, part Brian O’Driscoll !

Keiran was voted Man of the Match so congratulations to him and to Reuben Morgan-Williams who took another step on his rehabilitation trail when he took the field as replacement scrum-half in the 54th minute.

Back in the League on Saturday, Newport beat Cardiff 17-8 thanks to tries by Garin Harris and Rhys Jenkins plus 9 points from Geraint O’Driscoll, Cardiff had a penalty by Jarrod Evans and a late try by Will Rees-Hole.

Llanelli lost 21-28 to Bridgend. Chris Williams, Iestyn Merriman, Ashton Evans and Garan Loughor with Joseph Scrivens kicking 8 points. Llanelli tries came from Jack Condy, Rhys Fawcett and Greg George and with Dion Jones converting three,

The latest Tier 2 table is :-

P W D L FOR AGST T Points
Cross Keys 3 3 0 0 51 19 5 13
Neath 2 2 0 0 57 24 7 9
Newport 2 2 0 0 42 22 6 9
Bridgend 3 1 0 2 55 62 7 6
Swansea 3 1 0 2 47 77 6 6
Bargoed 1 1 0 0 18 13 3 4
Llanelli 3 0 0 3 42 74 5 2
Cardiff 3 0 0 3 50 71 4 1

Next Saturday (MARCH 4th) sees the Cup quarter-finals but the good news is that NEATH will be in action – against Bridgend at the Brewery Field (kick off 2.30pm).