Category: Neath Rugby News

NEATH RUGBY FORMER PLAYERS’ ANNUAL DINNER

On Friday 10th May 2019, Neath Rugby Former Players hold their annual dinner at the Gnoll.

Guests include Mr Jim Mills, Wales & GB rugby league; Mr Dennis Gethin, President, WRU.

Could former players & supporters contact Alun Roper if you would like to attend, as below.

Telephone – Neath (01639) 633356
E-Mail – alun.roper65@gmail.com

The cost is £22 per person.

WELL DONE, JOE

Congratulations to Ospreys Academy flanker Joe Grabham who has been assisting Neath recently.

Joe captains a Wales Under-19’s XV on Tuesday evening (19th March 2019) against the Japan High Schools XV at Taffs Well.

Best wishes from all at Neath, Joe.

HOSPITALITY: NEATH v CARMARTHEN QUINS – (Saturday 23rd March 2019)

Neath Rugby hospitality will continue on Saturday 23rd March 2019 for the CARMARTHEN QUINS fixture at the Gnoll.

The pre-match hospitality will start from 12:30pm comprising of a two course meal.

This is a great opportunity to try the Neath Rugby hospitality experience which will be in place for every home league game. Recent hospitality events have been very successful and arrangements are being made to ensure that this experience continues for all home games.

Matchday hospitality is open to both Neath and CARMARTHEN QUINS supporters.

Entry to hospitality is £10.00 and match entry is £10. The hospitality suite overlooks the pitch so for those of you who wish to watch the whole game from the best view in the Gnoll, you are more than welcome to stay inside…

* Those without a season ticket using the HOSPITALITY PACKAGE will be required to purchase a match day ticket to watch the game on the day.

The on field action will then kick off at 2:30pm, as both Neath and CARMARTHEN QUINS will be looking to be competitive in their remaining Principallity Premiership league fixtures.

It is expected that we will have a big take up for this fixture so please book early by ringing The Clubhouse on 01639 643328 or Gerald on 07873787414.

Please could HOSPITALITY PACKAGE holders please contact The Clubhouse or Gerald to confirm if you are attending to allow us to plan catering requirements.

MATCH REPORT: NEATH 10 RGC 24 – FRIDAY, MARCH 15th, 2019

NEATH 10 RGC 24
Neath and RGC overcame wet and windy conditions to serve up an entertaining eve-of-Grand Slam appetizer at The Gnoll on Friday evening.

Playing with first use of the elements, RGC were out of the blocks as Neath, attempting to over-play in the conditions, made too many errors and the visitors were 12 points up in the first quarter after tries by both wings Aron Evans and Sam Jones, the latter converted by outside-half Billy McBryde.

Neath, again permitting heavily with 14 loanees in the 23-man squad, did not show too much cohesion although yet again nobody could be faulted for lack of effort. Jonny Thomas re-appeared alongside Garin Lloyd and Tyla Murvai in a hard-working front row who carried strongly as did No.8 Guido Volpi while flankers Jacob Blackmore and Ben Davies also made an impact. Reuben Morgan-Williams showed a few flashes of his best at scrum-half but RGC were in firm control and made full use of the wind.

Yet RGC’s third try would not have been out of place in a West End farce. It was credited to centre Delwyn Jones but really the score belonged to inconsistent referee Mr. Stephen Allsop who performed a totally effective piece of blocking by obstructing two Neath defenders and then compounded his error by awarding the try. Bizarre ! But Neath have been hammered by the whistlers this season and McBryde’s easy conversion more or less settle the game at 19-nil. It led one observer to comment wryly “Maybe they’ll give us better referees in the Championship” but the damage was done and Neath went in to the interval 19 points adrift instead of a manageable 12.

Now playing with the wind, Neath re-started strongly and outside-half Callum Hall, fine kicker as he is, landed a long-range penalty but the kick off was not dealt with and RGC claimed the bonus point when centre Iolo Evans touched down wide out.

To their credit, Neath kept coming and fresh legs from the bench saw the replacement front row of Ifan James, Sion Crocker and Gareth Hall provide industry while Leon Ward and Ioan Jones started winning more line-out possession despite the worsening rain.

Neath began to look increasingly dangerous and a series of forward drives had RGC defending, the referee played advantage and a speculative Hall chip bounced back favourably for Neath and young centre Tom Evans was on hand to gather and touch down for a rapid debut try which Hall converted.

Momentum was now with the Blacks, replacement scrum-half Macauley Griffiths was able to speed his backs away and winger James Roberts was denied a certain try. The Blacks pressed strongly to the end and only some rugged RGC defence kept them out.

RGC were worthy winners but Neath won the second-half : not by enough to win the game and not exactly hands down but, in this most miserable of seasons, it was a small consolation for the Blacks who next Saturday host Carmarthen Quins (kick off 2.30pm).

NEATH – Aaron Bramwell (captain); James Roberts (Gareth Hopkins), Jarrad Rees, Lesley Klim (Tom Evans), Alec Jenkins; Callum Hall, Reuben Morgan-Williams (Macauley Griffiths); Jonny Thomas (Ifan James), Garin Lloyd (Sion Crocker), Tyla Murvai (Gareth Hall); Ioan Jones, Rhys Morgan (Leon Ward); Jake Blackmore, Guido Volpi, Ben Davies (Ceri White)

MATCH PREVIEW

In Friday’s only Premiership action, Neath host RGC at The Gnoll (kick off 7.30pm) and the Blacks again make changes as they seek to provide long-suffering supporters with something to cheer.

Ospreys’ Namibian international Lesley Klim makes his second appearance at centre while wing Alec Jenkins and scrum-half Reuben Morgan-Williams return.

Up front prop Jonny Thomas re-appears after spells with Bridgend, Aberavon and latterly Baglan while lock Rhys Morgan and No.8 Guido Volpi return and Dunvant flanker Ben Davies gets a first start.

On the bench, two young players in Newcastle-Emlyn prop Ifan James and Pontarddualis centre Tomas Evans are lined up for debuts while prop Gareth Hall (Glynneath), scrum-half Macauley Griffiths (Rhydyfelin) and winger Gareth Hopkins (Beddau) could make Gnoll debuts after assisting in recent away games.

Neath v RGC (Home)
15 Aaron Bramwell (captain); 14 James Roberts, 13 Jarrad Rees, 12 Lesley Klim, 11 Alec Jenkins; 10 Callum Hall, 9 Reuben Morgan-Williams; 1 Jonny Thomas, 2 Garin Lloyd, 3 Tyla Murvai; 4 Ioan Jones, 5 Rhys Morgan; 6 Jake Blackmore, 8 Guido Volpi, 7 Ben Davies

Replacements – 16 Sion Crocker, 17 Ifan James, 18 Gareth Hall, 19 Leon Ward, 20 Ceri White, 21 Macauley Griffiths, 22 Tomas Evans, 23 Gareth Hopkins

WALES V IRELAND TICKETS – SOLD

Neath Rugby would like thank those who have applied
for tickets for the above fixture but regret to advise that all tickets have now been sold.

HOSPITALITY NEWS: NEATH v RGC 1404 – (Friday 15th March 2019)

Neath Rugby hospitality will continue on Friday 15th March 2019 for the RGC fixture at the Gnoll.

The pre-match hospitality will start from 5:30pm comprising of a two course meal.

This is a great opportunity to try the Neath Rugby hospitality experience which will be in place for every home league game. Recent hospitality events have been very successful and arrangements are being made to ensure that this experience continues for all home games.

Matchday hospitality is open to both Neath and RGC supporters.

Entry to hospitality is £10.00 and match entry is £10. The hospitality suite overlooks the pitch so for those of you who wish to watch the whole game from the best view in the Gnoll, you are more than welcome to stay inside…

* Those without a season ticket using the HOSPITALITY PACKAGE will be required to purchase a match day ticket to watch the game on the day.

The on field action will then kick off at 7:30pm, as both Neath and RGC will be looking to be competitive in their respective Premiership league campaigns.

It is expected that we will have a big take up for this fixture so please book early by ringing the clubhouse on 01639 643328 or ringing Keith directly on 07741 999220 or Gerald on 07873787414.

Please could HOSPITALITY PACKAGE holders please contact Keith or Gerald to confirm if you are attending to allow us to plan catering requirements.

MATCH REPORT: NEWPORT 48 NEATH 10 – FRIDAY, MARCH 8th, 2019

NEWPORT 48 points NEATH 10 points
Neath face RGC at The Gnoll on Friday evening (kick off 7.30pm) in the last of their floodlit games for 2018/19 and will be hoping for better luck than on their visit to Newport.

The game very nearly did not take place as the Rodney Parade groundsman feared for his pitch following heavy afternoon rain but both teams were keen to play, the Neath diehards were already in the ground and, thanks to the best efforts of home secretary Dennis Bennett, common sense prevailed.

Neath made 9 changes – mostly enforced – for this game and, with 13 players in their 23 on permit, they were always going to be up against it. However, the only debutant was Ospreys centre Lesley Klim who became the first Namibian international to play for Neath on this his first appearance in Wales having arrived last August.

He obviously needs more match practice but showed well enough in his 45 minutes of action and nearly got on the receiving end of a break by co-centre Jarrad Rees which would have spelled a first-half try for Neath.

As the rain eased, it was very much Newport’s night though and, after Neath lost prop Steffan Jones with injured ankle ligaments in the first five minutes, they steadily built up a 19-nil lead through first half tries by hooker, Henry Palmer, wing Andrew Evans and scrum-half Tom Lucas, outside-half Haydn Simons converting two.

Neath had chances of their own : Klim was nearly through and there were two kick and chase efforts by wing Gareth Hopkins and scrum-half Nicky Griffiths which might have brought better reward but the cover defence just got across in time.

Right on the stroke of half-time, Neath were awarded an eminently kickable penalty but, bravely opting for the line-out instead, the forwards drove on and flanker Lee Evans dabbed down for a try which Callum Hall converted to make it 7-19.

The Blacks started the second-half promisingly enough as Hall struck a good penalty but thereafter, gamely as Neath battled, it was virtually one-way traffic as they gave away a couple of soft tries from a charge-down and an interception.

The home side levied second-half scores by Morgan Burgess, replacement Chris Williams, Chay Smith, Elliot Frewen and on time winger Duan Thomas with Simons converting two.

There were errors galore on a greasy surface but the decision to play the game was fully vindicated and a word of praise is due too to referee Mr. Carwyn Williams (Ystalyfera), in charge of his first Premiership game, who kept things going.

So Neath must dust themselves down and prepare for Friday’s re-arranged home game against RGC. The team needs support at the moment and a good home crowd might just make a difference.

NEATH – Aaron Bramwell (captain); James Roberts, Jarrad Rees, Lesley Klim (Caine Woolerton), Gareth Hopkins; Callum Hall (Jordan Rees), Nicky Griffiths (Macauley Griffiths); Steffan Jones (Callum Jones, Lloyd Jenkins), Garin Lloyd (Sion Crocker), Tyla Murvai; Scott Davies (Rhys Morgan), Ioan Jones; Lee Evans (Ben Davies), Leon Ward, Jake Blackmore


MATCH PREVIEW

Neath ring the changes when they travel to play Newport at Rodney Parade on Friday evening (kick off 7.15pm). Ospreys’ Namibian international Lesley Klim comes in at centre for his debut while several players return. Gareth Hopkins is on the wing while Callum Hall and Nicky Griffiths team up at half-back. Up front, Steffan Jones and Tyla Murvai will prop alongside hooker Garin Lloyd with Ioan Jones in the second row and Trebanos’ Jake Blackmore slots in to the back row.

Neath v Newport (Away)
15 Aaron Bramwell (captain); 14 James Roberts, 13 Jarrad Rees, 12 Lesley Klim, 11 Gareth Hopkins; 10 Callum Hall, 9 Nicky Griffiths; 1 Steffan Jones, 2 Garin Lloyd, 3 Tyla Murvai; 4 Scott Davies, 5 Ioan Jones; 6 Lee Evans, 8 Leon Ward, 7 Jake Blackmore

Replacements – 16 Sion Crocker, 17 Callum Jones, 18 Lloyd Jenkins, 19 Rhys Morgan, 20 Ben Davies, 21 Macauley Griffiths, 22 Jordan Rees, 23 Caine Woolerton

GEORGE & CO. SPONSOR NEATH RUGBY


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George & Co. were Lead Consultants on BBC2’s “House that £100k built,” “Tricks of the Trade,” and the “New Property Show.”

Gareth Howells – Neath Rugby’s Commercial Manager, said “We put out a call to local businesses about an exciting opportunity to become a sponsor of Neath Rugby and George & Co. answered that call and I would like to thank Steven for his support.”

Steven George said: “We’re proud to sponsor such a grand old team, Neath Rugby Football Club: a club we’ve supported and admired since the 80’s.”

“For us, it is more than having our name on the famous black jersey; I am delighted to have George and Co. associated with the heroes of now and the past and can’t wait to take in the game versus Newport on Friday with our logo on the match shirts.”

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