Bad week ends on an­other low for Neath

South Wales Evening Post - - RUGBY -

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.

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