NEATH 23 NORTHAMPTON 39
Saturday 15th January 2000
The visitors started the match with an attack, which led to Neath conceding a Penalty in the first minute, this was kicked by outside half Alistair Hepher.
The Saints stretched their lead when Former Neath favourite Alan Bateman crossed for a try, after a break by his fellow British Lion John Sleightholme, Hepher converted. The home side reduced the deficit when outside half Cerith Rees was successful with two penalties. Hepher responded with two penalties for the visitors.
Tristan Davies replaced Dave Tiueti at half time, while Northampton replaced scrum half Dom Malone with another British Lion in Matt Dawson. Cerith Rees scored the first points of the second half with a penalty kick. Outside half Alistair Hepher then beat the Neath defence with a dummy to score a try at the posts, which Hepher himself converted.
The All Blacks rallied and from a lineout close to the Northampton try line prop Duncan Jones crossed for a try after good work at the line out by Shawn Van Rensberg, Cerith Rees converted. Hepher then kicked two penalties for the visitors, Neath scored their second try when centre James Storey crossed after smart work by Shane Williams and man of the Match Shawn Van Rensberg.
The Saints had one more score up their sleeves, a long-range effort, which was finished by Scottish International flanker Budge Poutney, which Hepher again converted.