Neath came out on top when these time-honoured rivals resumed pleasantries in a pre-season warm-up (Saturday).
A good crowd were entertained throughout a keenly-fought game as the Blacks opened the season in great style.
Moving the ball speedily, the Welsh All Blacks capitalised on forward vigour to lead 19-nil at halftime through tries by No.8 Scott Malone, hooker Sion Crocker and winger Luke Griffiths who converted two.
In the second-half, Neath extended their lead with another Malone try which Dan Guarneri converted but the Exiles hit back with a deserved try by centre Ben Phillips before replacement back rower David Griggs scored Neath’s fifth, outside-half Guarneri converting.
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