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HOSPITALITY NEWS: NEATH v PONTYPOOL – (Saturday 18th January 2020)

Neath RFC hospitality will continue on Saturday 18th January for the PONTYPOOL league fixture at the Gnoll.

The pre-match hospitality will start from 12:30pm comprising of a two course meal.

This is a great opportunity to try the Neath RFC hospitality experience which will be in place for every home league game. Recent hospitality events have been very successful and arrangements are being made to ensure that this experience continues for all home games.

Entry to hospitality is £20.00 which includes a Match Ticket.
(£12 for Season Ticket holders)

SPECIAL GUEST Q & A SPEAKER: GRAHAM PRICE

The on field action will then kick off at 2:30pm, as both NEATH and PONTYPOOL will be eager to progress in their respective WRU Championship league campaigns.

Matchday hospitality is open to both Neath and PONTYPOOL supporters.

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

DON’T FORGET TO buy a programme on Saturday – only £1

This week’s features :-
Welcome, Pontypool; Scorers, League Table & Fixtures, Neath’s Unlucky Trialists, All Black in the Past (Final).

On sale, only £1 in the Outside Bar.

Admission – Adults £8, Under-16’s FREE
#PackTheGnoll #NeathNeathNeath

 

WHO AM I?

I made my Neath debut in 2003/04 in a 46-7 win against Glamorgan County

I scored 816 points for Neath including 26 tries

I have made 62 appearances for Neath

I am Neath’s record points-scorer for a season with 466 in 2004/05.

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ANSWER – JAMES HOOK

MATCH REPORT: YSTRAD RHONDDA 20 NEATH 13 – JANUARY 11TH, 2020

YSTRAD RHONDDA 20 NEATH 13

Neath paid the full penalty for wasting their chances and went down to defeat at Gelligaled Park to Ystrad Rhondda whose second-half turnaround proved enough for victory.

A century and more ago, Neath had many a difficult day in this neck of the woods against the likes of Ferndale, Llwynypia and Treorchy and the Blacks had this one marked down as one of their toughest away challenges of the season.

Despite the rains, the pitch was in surprisingly good condition and Neath opened strongly, excellent handling by backs and forwards paved the way for No.8 David Griggs to power over at the posts for Callum Hall to convert to give the visitors a lead which Hall soon extended to 10-nil with a penalty.

Ystrad hit back with a penalty of their own by outside-half Rhys Truelove but Neath, with their powerful scrum in the ascendancy and the back row of Griggs, Tomi Antozzi and Ben Lukes on the front foot, were going well and they really ought to have scored again but a woeful pass hit the deck rather than the player and cost them a score in the right corner – it was a decisive moment as it would have put the Blacks firmly in control.

A second Hall penalty nudged Neath further ahead at 13-3 but at least two further opportunities were wasted as the Blacks did not make the most of a lot of good approach work and they now had to face the gusting wind in the second-half.

Neath had enjoyed much the better of the first-half but Ystrad came out determined to make amends. Five minutes in, they cut the arrears when good hands created an overlap for Sion Summers, who played for Neath earlier in the season, to run in for a try which Truelove converted.

The Blacks went back on the attack but solid scrum ball was wasted on the 22 and Ystrad came away with some excellent play by forwards and backs and they got their reward when Neath’s defence went missing and man of the match Truelove crossed at the posts for their second try which he converted to put the home side in front for the first time.

Neath responded positively but lacked cohesion and Truelove’s second penalty made it 13-20. The Blacks threw the kitchen sink at Ystrad in the last five minutes but it came to nothing as the home defence held firm to take the honours from a hard-fought, evenly contested game played in ever-increasing rain.

Things don’t get easier for Neath next week as they entertain Pontypool who are very much in form if their 77-8 demolition of Ystalyfera is anything to go by. Kick off at The Gnoll is 2.30pm.and it will take a real backs to the wall effort from Neath if they are to compete with the League leaders.

NEATH – Jordan Rees; I.Morgan, A.Bramwell (capt), M.Pearce, J.Roberts; C.Hall (S.Court), M.Griffiths (N.Griffiths); G.W.Lloyd (B.Uphill), S.Crocker, S.Jones; R.Morgan, J.Barley; T. Antozzi, D.Griggs, B.Lukes (S.Malone)
YSTRAD RHONDDA – L.Dunning; C.Williams, A.Lewis, R.Howells (capt), S.Summers, R.Truelove, T.Davies (J.Foulkes); T.Foulkes, L.Wiggins, I.Hankins; M.Auger, L.Morris; M.Roderick, H.Connolly, T.Jevons
Referee -Mr. B.Porte (Cardiff)

MATCH PREVIEW

Neath visit Ystrad Rhondda for the first time since 1989/90 at Gelligaled Park on Saturday (kick off 2.30pm)

Ystrad come into the game on the back of two fine away wins at Beddau (34-7) and Ystalyfera (12-8) and will be seeking to avenge Neath’s 29-19 win in an entertaining game at The Gnoll back in September.

Neath have earmarked this as one of their toughest challenges and the Blacks field a slightly more experienced side than that which defeated Trebanos 27-nil last weekend.

In the back division, skipper Aaron Bramwell fills in at centre for Sam Court who drops to the bench while Macauley Griffiths returns at scrum-half in place of Elis Horgan who had such a fine debut last week.

Forward changes see recalls for prop Gareth Wyn Lloyd and lock Jon Barley with Ben Uphill joining Iestyn Jones and Scott Malone on the bench.

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

NEATH RFC FUN BUS – YSTRAD RHONDDA – SATURDAY 11th JANUARY 2020.

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

Supporters bus to YSTRAD RHONDDA on SATURDAY 11th January 2020 – leaving Clubhouse at 12:00 noon for the 2:30pm Kickoff, returning from YSTRAD RHONDDA 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 ➡️ by telephone on: 07496308147

ABERDARE TO VISIT THE GNOLL

Neath have arranged an additional fixture for Friday, January 31st (kick off 7.15pm) when Aberdare visit The Gnoll.

Aberdare, coached by former Neath captain and Gnoll favourite Lee Evans, are going great guns at the top of Division 2 East with 9 wins out of 9 and they are the home club of Neath centre Jarrad Rees.

Supporters should note that season tickets will be valid for this match, Under-16’s FREE and all others £5.

FROM MASCOT TO DEBUT TRY

16 years ago the little lad clutching the rugby ball watched on as his proud father held the Welsh Cup.

Today that same young lad scored a try on his debut for Neath aaginst Trebanos, dabbing down for a debut try after just 10 minutes.

Elis Horgan was the scorer, earning a full beam smile from father Pat, and there to watch him were his Neath Athletic Colts team-mates who had beaten Pontardawe in an early kick off.

Neath went on to win 27-nil – and 16 years ago they were winners too when the Blacks beat Caerphilly 36-13 to win the first Cup Final of the regional era.

As the Romans in Neath might have said, “Tempus fugit” ! (FULL MATCH REPORT TO FOLLOW)

MATCH REPORT: NEATH 27 TREBANOS 0 – JANUARY 4TH, 2020

NEATH 27 TREBANOS nil

Neath welcomed the New Year with a comfortable bonus point win over Trebanos – and it could be that the patient home supporters saw the beginnings of a fresh dawn at The Gnoll. For Neath fielded a back division containing three teenagers making their first starts – Iestyn Morgan and two debutants Elis Horgan and Sam Court all had splendid games and a fourth, Ben Lukes, played a starring role in a dominant pack.

With flu in the Neath camp and the “Swansea mumps” forcing the influential Iwan Davies out, both sides made changes but Neath started the game full of energy and running and winger James Roberts ought to have scored but opted for contact. The Blacks kept possession and, ten minutes in, their scrum generated a mighty heave and scrum-half Elis Horgan nipped in to mark his debut with a try which brought a broad grin of approval from proud father Pat, the Neath coach.

Callum Hall converted and the outside-half soon added a penalty but there was no further score in the first-half as the Blacks, for all their set-piece advantage, dropped off the pace and could not add to their score. Trebanos wre battling hard but by half-time the writing was on the wall for Trebanos as the Neath eight were going great guns at the scrum with the front row of Ben Uphill, acting captain Sion Crocker and Steffan Jones at the fulcrum of a hastily advancing unit. Rhys Morgan’s return alongside Jordan Blackmore in the second row improved the tight play – and later kick-off reception.

Trebanos were nothing if not defiant though and Neath had much to do in the second half. Neath’s forward power continued enabling the back row of Tomi Antozzi, David Griggs and Ben Lukes, an effective line-out operator too, to come into play. Horgan, snapping and sniping behind them, played with considerable aplomb and showed a maturity beyond his tender years – a chip off the old block if ever there was !

Neath needed to inject pace into the game and it came when neat work by Penclawdd centre Sam Court, another young lad who looked perfectly at home, freed James Roberts who needed no second invitation to fly to the line. Trebanos were feeling the squeeze, their flanker Iestyn Davies was binned and their full back was lucky not to join him when a dubious tackle stooped Tomi Antozzi in his tracks as he charged towards the line. The Neath forwards battered away at the ‘Banos line, Griggs twice involved before Blackmore sent centre Matthew Pearce hurtling over for Hall to convert.

Play became a bit over-heated after another late tackle but the bonus point was soon secured. The visitors resorted to uncontested scrums but the Neath eight kept driving and re-cycling and Jordan Rees, an effective full back now operating at outside-half, stepped his way over for the fourth try. Trebanos battled bravely to the end and Neath will not be getting carried away with this result as there were too many imperfections in their play for them to be entirely happy as they seek to keep the pot boiling over 80 minutes – improved line-out accuracy, kicking and harder tackling will be needed next week at Ystrad Rhondda who will be fully charged to avenge their September defeat.

NEATH – Jordan Rees; I.Morgan, S.Court, M.Pearce, J.Roberts; C.Hall (R.Pritchard), E.Horgan; B.Uphill, S.Crocker (Iestyn Jones), S.Jones (L.Tobias); J.Blackmore (Ioan Jones), R.Morgan; T.Antozzi, D.Griggs, B.Lukes
TREBANOS – J.Ferriman; R.Brunton, S.Lewis, L.Davies; S.Davies, Rob Jones (I.Temblett); D.Worth (Ross Jones), R.Thomas (capt), T.Dew (R.Evans); E.Morgan, C.Michael; Iestyn Davies, D.Hills (D.Bale), R.George (G.Spalding) Referee – Mr. A.Parry (Sebastopol, Wales)

MATCH PREVIEW

Neath kick off 2020 by hosting Trebanos at The Gnoll on Saturday (kick off 2.30pm) in what will be the third meeting of the clubs this season.

Back in September, the Blacks won the season’s opener at Trebanos 23-7 and the following week were victorious again 24-nil at The Gnoll in the National Cup but on both occasions they had to work hard for victory.

The same will be true of Saturday and Trebanos will be in good heart after winning their local derby in the Swansea Valley at Ystalyfera last Saturday 18-10.

There are three changes fore and aft in Neath’s starting line up. Behind the scrum, Iestyn Morgan is on the wing after impressing as a replacement last week, Ben Atkins returns at centre with Elis Horgan coming in for his first start at scrum-half. Up front, Steff Jones returns at tight head prop with Rhys Morgan back in the second row and Ben Lukes takes over at open-side.

Neath v Trebanos (Home) 2.30pm
15 Aaron Bramwell (captain); 14 Iestyn Morgan, 13 Ben Atkins, 12 Matthew Pearce, 11 James Roberts; 10 Callum Hall, 9 Elis Horgan; 1 Ben Uphill, 2 Sion Crocker, 3 Steffan Jones; 4 Jacob Blackmore, 5 Rhys Morgan; 6 Tomi Antozzi, 8 David Griggs, 7 Ben Lukes
Replacements – 16 Liam Tobias, 17 Iestyn Jones, 18 Ioan Jones, 19 Nicky Griffiths, 20 Jordan Rees

Referee – Mr. Aaron Parry (Sebastopol, Wales)

Gates Open 1.45pm, Admission – Adults £8, Under-16’s FREE

HOSPITALITY NEWS: NEATH v TREBANOS – (Saturday 4th January 2020)

Neath RFC hospitality will continue on Saturday 4th January for the TREBANOS league fixture at the Gnoll.

The pre-match hospitality will start from 12:30pm comprising of a two course meal.

This is a great opportunity to try the Neath RFC hospitality experience which will be in place for every home league game. Recent hospitality events have been very successful and arrangements are being made to ensure that this experience continues for all home games.

Entry to hospitality is £20.00 which includes a Match Ticket.
(£12 for Season Ticket holders)


GUEST Q & A Speaker
Neath player, Luke Griffiths is our Q&A Guest before the game

The on field action will then kick off at 2:30pm, as both NEATH and TREBANOS will be eager to progress in their respective WRU Championship league campaigns.

Matchday hospitality is open to both Neath and TREBANOS supporters.

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

DON’T FORGET TO buy a programme on Saturday – only £1

This week’s features :-
Welcome, Trebanos, All Black Shorts, Table & Fixtures, Supporters Club Notes, Local Rugby, All Blacks in the Past, Talking Point, Squad News etc.

Admission – Adults £8, Under-16’s FREE
#PackTheGnoll #NeathNeathNeath