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Neath RFC

Neath play Briton Ferry at The Gnoll on Boxing Day (kick off 2.30pm).

The last time, Briton Ferry met Neath was in the Ferry’s centenary year of 1988/89.

It was to be the season in which Neath set world records for points (1,917) and tries (345) – seasonal world records which still stand – and won the Welsh championship and WRU Cup.

The match was played at Briton Ferry’s Ynysymaerdy Road ground on Tuesday, September 6.

 Briton Ferry got a try by wing Andrew Jarrett and outside-half Gary Owen added the conversion points but Neath powered away for a 42-6 victory.

The Blacks scored nine tries through Mike Carrington (3), Jonathan Griffiths, Colin Laity, Paul Bamsey (Aberavon Quins), David Love (Ystradgynlais), Chris Powell (Bonymaen) and Meirion Adams (Seven Sisters) with Paul Williams converting three.

A largely experimental Neath team included Alan Edmunds at centre, Huw Richards and captain for the day Rowland Phillips whose son centre Lloyd (who spent some time with Neath) is in the Ferry squad for Boxing Day.

All became internationals from Neath – a fourth, Stuart Davies (one of eight players on debut) would be capped from Swansea :-

Jonathan Griffiths; Mike Carrington, Alan Edmunds, Colin Laity, Paul Bamsey; Paul Williams, David Love; Mark Thomas, Geraint Richards, Chris Powell; Huw Richards, Meirion Adams; Rowland Phillips (captain), Stuart Davies, Geraint Thomas