Neath travel to play Llanelli at Parc-y-Scarlets on Friday (kick off 7.15pm) seeking to build on last week’s overdue success against Llandovery.
For the first time in months, Neath did not add any fresh injury problems to their roster and consequently there is only one change in the starting line-up where Scott Gibson takes over from Chris Morgans at scrum-half while David Griggs and James Roberts return on the replacements’ bench.
Neath coach Gareth Llewellyn said, “We were pleased to get the win against Llandovery last week when we showed the tougher edge we have been seeking.
“Our attacking play has been good – we have runners who threaten from anywhere and are averaging three tries per game exactly the same as RGC and Carmarthen Quins who occupy the top two places.
“We are asking largely the same group of players to show they can do it again because consistent achievement is what it is about.
“Llanelli had a good win themselves against Bridgend and we know it will take an even bigger effort this week as wins at Parc-y-Scarlets are earned the hard way.”
Neath v Llanelli (Away)
15 Ed Howley; 14 Mike Evans, 13 Richard Smith, 12 Gavin Evans (captain), 11 Geraint Llewellyn; 10 Iwan Evans, 9 Chris Morgans; 1 Neil White, 2 Sion Crocker, 3 Geraint James; 4 Matthew Davies, 5 Jon Barley; 6 Rhys Jones, 8 Leon Ward, 7 Ryan Bean
Replacements :- 16 Liam Tobias, 17 Jordan Hawkins, 18 Ryan Thomas, 19 David Griggs, 20 Ceri White, 21 Chris Morgans, 22 Matthew Pearce, 23 James Roberts