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Neath RFC

Neath team manager Martyn Morris is looking for the Welsh All Blacks to finish the season with a bang.

After Saturday’s sparkling 41-36 ‘non-League’ win over Aberavon, the former Wales back-rower said, “We must push on now and build on what was a very good victory.

“We have made progress this season and are aiming to finish strongly. We won twice on the road at Cardiff and Llanelli last month, now four of our last five League games are at home.

“We must use that advantage to the full and we need the backing of all our supporters to help us challenge for the play-offs – they have been patient for a long time and we need them there with us to enjoy a strong finish.

“Newport at home on Saturday, kicking off at midday, is ‘high noon’ for us and we rested some key men last Saturday – Ed Howley, Gavin Evans, Matthew Pearce, Ryan Thomas and Jon Barley to name but a few.

“Those who took the field gave everything, just as we always expect, and we battled to the very end. By playing rugby football like we can, we crossed for seven tries and the rewards came our way.”

Unbeaten Neath currently lie second in “Tier 2” and are eight points behind leaders Cross Keys but have two games in hand.

“Newport have also won both their ties so we have stressed the importance of Saturday’s Gnoll clash to the squad,” says Morris. “Supporters have their part to play and after the Newport game they can settle down to a full day’s rugby in the Clubhouse.”