MATCH SUMMARY: NEATH 23 PONTYPOOL 28
NEATH 23 points PONTYPOOL 28 points
It was almost like the old days at The Gnoll where a 2,500 crowd put Welsh rugby’s problems behind them to witness a rare tussle between these two old friends.
Pontypool deserved their win as they were probably less generous than the home side who fought back from a 10-20 half-time deficit to produce a tense finish.
Neath points came via two tries by full back Aled Brew and No.8 David Griggs. Outside-half Steff Williams converted one and kicked a penalty before injury and his replacement Rhys Harris kicked a conversion and two penalties.
Pontypool got a penalty try and two tries via hooker Peter Lloyd and captain Scott Matthews with outside-half Matthew Jarvis landing a conversion and two penalties. converting two and landing three penalties.
On the final whistle, Pontypool were jumping for joy as the win more or less guarantees them the Championship title although Neath became the first team to prevent them getting a winning bonus point and got one themselves.
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