South Wales Echo



JAMES Roberts proved the tradition of flying, try-scoring wings at Neath hasn’t been lost as he ran in five tries as the Welsh All Blacks beat Beddau 68-14 in the Admiral National Championsh­ip.

Former Neath hero Shane Williams was a guest at The Gnoll and he must have wished he was out on the pitch as Neath dominated up front and provided their back division with plenty of chances.

Roberts bagged a first-half hat-trick before adding two more after the break. The other home scorers were Josh Clark, Ryan Evans, Dai Griggs and Matthew Jenkins, who marked his debut with a brace. Fly-half Steff Jenkins topped the 200-point mark for the season with his nine conversion­s.

With leaders Bargoed’s home clash with Trebanos postponed, it allowed Neath to move closer to them. Bargoed face Pontypool next weekend.

Pooler were 56-5 winners at Ystrad Rhondda. Garin Price, Mick Herbert, Pat Lewis and Mike Hale crossed in the first half for the visitors and Joel Mahoney scored twice after the break.

Bedwas made it 11 matches unbeaten with a 31-25 home win over Narberth to hold onto second place. It took a try two minutes from time by Dafydd Thomas and a conversion from Dion McIntosh to edge it for Bedwas.

Cardiff Met lost 19-14 at Maesteg Quins despite tries from Oliver Gibbon and Ethan Morgan.

Tom Lampard marked his record-equalling 412th game for Cross Keys with a try as they beat Glamorgan Wanderers 34-18 at Pandy Park. Two tries from Aaron Dowse saw Keys take an early lead, but the Wanderers battled back with tries from Jamie Murray and Eddie Drake.

A Jamie Rogers try just before the break, which Osian Evans improved, gave Keys the advantage. The second half saw Alex Lloyd kick two penalties for the visitors before further home tries from Connah Vaughan and Lampard.

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