NARBERTH 22 points NEATH 19 points
Neath completed their pre-season preparations with a poor 19-22 defeat at Narberth.
The home side took the lead with a try by former Neath flanker James Bain and Nick Gale added the conversion points and the visitors, admittedly fielding a side showing 10 changes from that which started at Moseley the previous week, struggled to get their game together.
Several scoring chances went abegging before winger Aaron Grabham latched onto a kick by scrum-half Chris Morgans to make it 5-7 at halftime.
Although they continued to create, Neath could not apply the finishing touches and Gale nosed Narberth further ahead with a penalty before a break by centre Keiran Williams led to a try by Aled Morris and the hooker playing at flanker’s try was converted by replacement Iwan Evans to give Neath the lead.
It was short-lived though as an interception score by Gale was rapidly followed by another by centre Jack Price, Gale adding the conversion before Neath hit back with a try by young flanker Charlie Davies which Evans converted.
ACTION PHOTOS available via the gallery – click here:
Neath complete their preparations for the new season on Saturday when they
visit Narberth (kick off 2.30pm).
Last week, the Welsh All Blacks lost 14-31 at Moseley so they travel west
looking to end their pre-season fixtures on a high.
Again, the Neath starting line-up shows several changes. Kristian
Corbisiero, Keiran Williams, Rory Morgan-Williams and Chris Morgans
come into the back division while up front Keelan Marney, Ifan
Phillips and Callum Jones form a new front row while Lyndon Bateman
and Alun Jones also start.
Coach Gareth Llewellyn said, “We have had two good, if contrasting, run
outs at Maesteg and Moseley and now we move on to a third away game
at Narberth before the League starts in earnest next week at Bargoed.
“Again we have made a number of changes to give everyone the chance to stake
a claim for a starting-place in the League.”
Neath v Narberth (Away)
15 Ed Howley; 14 Kristian Corbisiero, 13 Matthew Pearce, 12 Keiran
Williams, 11 Aaron Grabham; 10 Rory Morgan-Williams, 9 Chris Morgans;
1 Keelan Marney, 2 Ifan Phillips, 3 Callum Jones; 4 Jon Barley, 5
Lyndon Bateman; 6 Charlie Davies, 7 Alun Jones, 8 Leon Ward
16 Neil White, 17 Sion Crocker, 18 Matthew Jeffreys, 19 Aled
Morris, 20 Calum Davies, 21 Dan Guarneri, 22 James Williams, 23 Gavin
On Sunday, Neath will compete in the Foster’s Sevens and have drawn
Carmarthen Quins in the first round.