Bad week ends on another low for Neath
A TORRID week for Neath ended up in yet another defeat as they crashed to a 69-12 reverse at the Gnoll against Llanelli.
For Neath, at least the winding up order against their parent company was dismissed in court earlier in the week, but Llanelli were in no mind to gift them any further favours.
The Sospans ran in 11 tries in a thoroughly convincing victory that was enough to move them temporarily into 10th place and out of the relegation zone.
Ryan Davies helped himself to a hat-trick while scrum-half Declan Smith and centre Ioan Nicholas both grabbed two.
Tom Rogers also got in on the act and there was also a penalty try. Ioan Hughes added six conversions.
To their credit, Neath battled to the end and they at least got on the scoreboard five minutes from time when Nathan Griffiths crossed for a try.
Elis Hopkins also had the last word with the final try of the game that was converted by Callum Hall.
Elsewhere champions Merthyr bounced back from their home defeat by Newport with a bonus-point 30-5 victory over Carmarthen Quins at the Wern.
Fly-half Richard Powell booted the Ironmen ahead on eight minutes and their first try arrived on 20 minutes following a maul.
Powell received the ball from Justin James and spread it out wide on the right to wing Joseph Williams who dotted down. Powell converted to make it 10-0 – which was the score at the break.
Powell booted his second penalty seven minutes after the restart before other wing Jay Baker grabbed Merthyr’s second try on 52 minutes after being sent through by outstanding scrum-half James.
Adam Thomas’ interception try on 65 minutes all but sealed it as the Quins were once again caught in possession.
Carmarthen, to their credit, never stopped battling and got their just reward on 69 minutes with Nick Reynolds barging over following a lineout.
Merthyr, though, would have the final say with their fourth try which came in the final minute, when replacement Adam Hoskins slipped through under the sticks following great work from Williams in the buildup.
Gareth Davies converted.
Neath’s Sion Crocker is stopped.