Category: Neath Rugby News

TEAM NEWS: NEATH v MERTHYR (Away) – SATURDAY, JANUARY 25TH, 2020 – KICK OFF 2.30pm

It is Cup quarter final day on Saturday and Neath, along with Pontypool, keep the Championship flag flying. The Blacks visit Merthyr at the Wern (kick off 2.30pm).

With winger James Roberts away, Neath re-shuffle their resources behind. Macauley Griffiths takes over at scrum-half with Iestyn Morgan coming in at full back. Sam Court moves to the wing with skipper Aaron Bramwell at centre. The only change up front sees Jacob Blackmore return for Rhys Morgan who suffered a calf injury against Pontypool.

Neath v Merthyr (Away) 2.30pm
15 Iestyn Morgan; 14 Sam Court, 13 Aaron Bramwell (captain), 12 Matthew Pearce, 11 Ben Atkins; 10 Jordan Rees, 9 Macauley Griffiths; 1 Ben Uphill, 2 Sion Crocker, 3 Steffan Jones; 4 Jacob Blackmore, 5 Jon Barley; 6 Tomi Antozzi, 8 David Griggs, 7 Scott Malone
Replacements – 16 Ifan James, 17 Iestyn Jones, 18 Gareth Wyn Lloyd, 19 Jon Hill, 20 Ben Lukes, 21 Nicky Griffiths, 22 Callum Hall, 23 Ross Pritchard

Referee – Mr. Elfyn Morris-Roberts (Ystradgynlais)

NEATH SCHOOLS AT THE GNOLL

With Neath away to Merthyr in the Cup on Saturday, attention focuses on the next generation at The Gnoll this weekend with two games for the “town” teams.

Neath Schools Under-15’s play South Powys on Friday evening, kick off 7.00pm. and then on Saturday morning (10am) the Under-11’s take on Cardiff.

BARGOED HOME RE-ARRANGED DATE


Neath’s outstanding home Championship fixture against Bargoed has now been re-arranged.
The Blacks will host the Championship-chasers on Thursday, March 5th with a 7.30pm kick off.

 

SCHOOLS YEAR 8 and 9 – OSPREYS CUP FINALS ON THE GNOLL – TUESDAY 28th January

Year 8 Rugby – OSPREYS CUP FINAL at The Gnoll
πŸ‰ YR 8 πŸ† Ospreys Cup Final
CCYD Rugby@CCYD_Rugby πŸ†š@AddGorffGwyr
πŸ“† Tuesday 28th Jan
πŸ“ THE GNOLL
⏰ 11:45 AM KO

Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen Rugby (Year 8) meet Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr in the Ospreys Cup Final on Tuesday 28th January (KO @ 11:45am)

Year 9 Rugby – OSPREYS CUP FINAL at The Gnoll
πŸ‰ YR 9 πŸ† Ospreys Cup Final
Cefn Saeson πŸ†š @AddGorffGwyr
πŸ“† Tuesday 28th January
πŸ“ THE GNOLL
⏰ KO @ 1:30pm
Cefn Saeson Comprehensive School (Year 9) meet Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr in the Ospreys Cup Final on Tuesday 28th January (KO @ 1:30pm)

NEATH RFC FUN BUS – MERTHYR – SATURDAY 25th JANUARY 2020.

Let’s take a lot of support to MERTHYR and back the boys!

Supporters bus to MERTHYR on SATURDAY 25th January 2020 – leaving The Clubhouse at 12:00 noon for the 2:30pm Kickoff, returning from MERTHYR an hour after the game.

To book YOUR seat on the “FUN BUS” contact Mark Davies on mark_davies715@hotmail.com via Facebook & Twitter or ➑️ by telephone on: 07496308147

SIX NATIONS RUGBY AT THE CLUBHOUSE – WALES v ITALY

SIX NATIONS RUGBY AT THE CLUBHOUSE

Join us at The Clubhouse for the SIX NATIONS matches – see details below.

It is expected that we will have a big take up for this event so please book early by calling
The Clubhouse on 01639 643328 or emailing ticketing@neathrfc.com

 

SUPER BOWL – shown live in THE CLUBHOUSE – Sunday 2nd FEBRUARY (from 9.00pm)

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

On 2nd February 2020, Neath RFC are bringing back a favourite event to the club by showing Superbowl LIV live at the Clubhouse

The clash between the AFC’s Kansas City Chiefs and the NFC’s San Fransisco 49ers promises to be an entertaining game but we have even more for you including a free drink on arrival, a pre-game quiz, themed games and much more!

So come on down to Neath’s premier Superbowl party! Tickets are Β£2 and available from the clubhouse right up until the big day!

To register your interest – read more here >>>>

https://www.facebook.com/events/524293411549066/

Book via The Clubhouse on 01639 643328 or email: ticketing@neathrfc.com

SPORTING MEMORIES – CALLING SENIOR NEATH RFC SUPPORTERS !

Senior Neath RFC supporters are invited to drop into the Clubhouse on Tuesday mornings, on the dates shown above, for a free coffee and chat.

Working with Ospreys in the Community, we are running a β€œSporting Memories” group and sessions run on a fortnightly basis.

β€œSporting Memories” clubs have been proven to help those of an older age group by providing social interaction to overcome isolation, loneliness etc.

In the friendly, welcoming environment of Neath RFC, supporters can chat, meet old and new friends, take part in activities and reminisce about sport using the proud history of Neath RFC to start conversations and remember days gone by.

Free refreshments will be provided – just drop in on the dates above or, for further information, please contact helen.john@ospreysrugby.com

MATCH REPORT: NEATH 12 PONTYPOOL 54 – SATURDAY, JANUARY 18TH, 2020

NEATH 12 PONTYPOOL 54
Neath were well beaten at The Gnoll by Championship leaders Pontypool who gained their first win at the ground since 1991 and the Blacks have it all to do now if they are to achieve a top four finish.

Neath attendances are significantly up on last season and a season’s best crowd gathered at an atmospheric Gnoll to witness the battle between these old rivals in bright January sunshine. The Gnoll was, as ever, in splendid condition and Pontypool included three ex-Neath men in Aaron Coundley, Darren Hughes and Ieuan Jones as the game kicked off

As was expected, Pontypool bossed the game from the start and, while Neath contributed much to the flow of an entertaining game, they left too many defensive holes for the confident visitors to exploit. It was 4 tries to 1 in each half with Keiran Meek converting all of Pooler’s scores bar the penultimate one.

Pontypool went ahead with tries by Darren Hughes and Michael Herbert who enjoyed a happier Saturday after being sent off against Ystalyfera last week. Neath hit back, the forwards driving strongly for a very patiently-constructed try at the posts by No.8 David Griggs which outside-half Jordan Rees converted. Pooler restored their lead through a try by full back Geraint Walsh which had home supporters clamouring for a forward pass.

Neath had a chance to cut the deficit when they spurned a simple penalty shot for a kick to touch from which nothing developed and, when play switched to the other end, Pooler were awarded a scrum penalty which they used to set up an efficient line-out drive for No.8 Jones to score and Meek’s fourth conversion made it 28-7 at the break.

The game continued in similar vein in the second half. Neath worked hard and the forwards did well enough at the set-pieces with Tomi Antozzi an energetic emergency lock and flankers Scott Malone and Ben Atkins doing their utmost. But it was to no avail.

Pooler’s fifth try came when Pat Lewis fended off James Roberts before Neath enjoyed a good spell. Griggs powered away on a spectacular 40-metre charge and was hauled down a few metres short of the line and, after a period of sustained pressure, the Blacks carved out a splendid try by winger James Roberts – not many have crossed Pooler’s line twice this season.

But Pooler were too strong and in a final flourish they added tries by Lewis Barnett and Aaron Quick – the second after Roberts got back to make two brilliant tackles. On the last play, with Neath gamely keeping the ball alive, Quick was not slow to pounce for the final score which Meek converted for a personal haul of 14 points.

The gap between the top two and the rest in the Championship has been self-evident all season and serves to emphasise how much Neath need to do to catch up. Next Saturday, the Blacks visit Merthyr in the Cup knowing that greater defensive resolution is demanded but it is a chance to redeem themselves.

NEATH – A.Bramwell (capt); B.Atkins, S.Court (I.Morgan), M.Pearce, J.Roberts; Jordan Rees, N.Griffiths (E.Horgan); B.Uphill (G.W.Lloyd), S.Crocker (Iestyn Jones), S.Jones; R.Morgan (B.Lukes), J.Barley; T.Antozzi, D.Griggs, S.Malone

PONTYPOOL – G.Walsh; L.Lewis, P.Lewis (L.Barnett), K.Meek, J.Thomas; R.Powell, O.Leonard (A.Quick); A.Coundley (capt), D.Hughes (L.Ball), C.Price (S.Evans); R.Clarke (A.Stratton), C.Gregory; M.Herbert, I.Jones, S.Matthews

Referee – Mr. T.Spurrier (Barry)

MATCH PREVIEW

Neath host Championship leaders Pontypool at The Gnoll on Saturday (kick off 2.30pm) and will need to make the most of any chances which come their way after failing to do so at Ystrad Rhondda last week.

On the face of it, Neath have little to lose against the Gwent side who come into the game averaging over 48 points and 7 tries over their 14 wins to date.

In the back division, Ben Atkins features on the wing after a bout of influenza with skipper Aaron Bramwell back at full back, Sam Court comes in at centre, while Jordan Rees and Nicky Griffiths are re-united at half back. Forward changes see recalls for prop Ben Uphill and flanker Scott Malone.

Neath v Pontypool (Home) 2.30pm
15 Aaron Bramwell (captain); 14 Ben Atkins, 13 Sam Court , 12 Matthew Pearce, 11 James Roberts; 10 Jordan Rees, 9 Nicky Griffiths; 1 Ben Uphill, 2 Sion Crocker, 3 Steffan Jones; 4 Rhys Morgan, 5 Jon Barley; 6 Tomi Antozzi, 8 David Griggs, 7 Scott Malone
Replacements – 16 Gareth Wyn Lloyd, 17 Iestyn Jones, 18 Ben Lukes, 19 Elis Horgan, 20 Iestyn Morgan

Referee – Mr. Tom Spurrier (Cardiff)