Category: Neath Rugby News

FINAL SCORE: NEATH 21 SWANSEA 48 – SATURDAY, JANUARY 19th , 2019

Neath take on near-neighbours Swansea at The Gnoll on Saturday (kick off 2.30pm).

With speculation rife about the Club’s ownership, Neath supporters have been rallying behind the team which this week features just four changes from last week’s starting line-up.

Behind the scrum, centre Jarrad Rees comes in for Gavin Evans. Up front Lee Evans returns to the second row with Aled Cockwell and Alun Jones in the back row.

Neath v Swansea (Home)
15 Jordan Rees; 14 James Roberts, 13 Jarrad Rees, 12 Aaron Bramwell (captain), 11 Alec Jenkins, 10 Callum Hall, 9 Nicky Griffiths, 1 Ben Uphill, 2 Sion Crocker, 3 Tyla Murvai; 4 Lee Evans, 5 Rhys Morgan; 6 Craig Hill, 8 Aled Cockwell, 7 Alun Jones

Replacements from – Connah Vaughan, Gareth Wyn Lloyd, Lewis Price, Keiran Griffiths, Ioan Jones, Leon Ward, Dyfan Ceredig, Nathan Griffiths, Jon Lumb, Gavin Evans

HOSPITALITY NEWS: NEATH v SWANSEA – (Saturday 19th January 2018)

Neath Rugby hospitality will continue on Saturday 19th January 2019 for the SWANSEA fixture at the Gnoll.

The pre-match hospitality will start at 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. Details of the different hospitality packages for league fixtures can be found here: http://www.neathrugby.wales/hospitality-2018-19/

Matchday hospitality is open to both Neath and Swansea 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 Swansea 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 contacting Mark Davies on mark_davies715@hotmail.com via Facebook & Twitter or ➡️ 07435612319

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

MATCH REPORT: NEATH 17 CROSS KEYS 34 – SATURDAY, JANUARY 12th , 2019

NEATH 17 CROSS KEYS 34
Another brave performance by battling Neath was not quite enough to hold Cross Keys who, after trailing until the stroke of half-time, went on to take the spoils in the second-half.

Scrum-half Nicky Griffiths and No.8 Gareth Jones came in for first starts for Neath with Jordan Rees, Gareth Howells, Ioan Jones and Craig Hill making home debuts as were all of the replacements bench – but the permit-count was down to 11 after the Christmas highs. In contrast, Keys had the services of 2 senior Dragons and 4 Academy lads.

Neath’s raw side suffered a pre-match blow when newly-signed lock Scott Davies pulled a hamstring in the warm-up. Keys started on the attack but on 12 minutes Neath weathered the storm and a brilliant jinking run by full back Jordan Rees sent Craig Hill away and the flanker showed outstanding pace to blaze away and score at the posts for Callum Hall to convert.

The Neath scrum had Keys under the cosh all afternoon and midway through the half when Keys conceded another scrum penalty up stepped Hall to make it 10-nil.

Keys hit back when a disorganised Neath chase allowed the visitors to run the ball back and flanker Joe Thomas scored at the posts for Dragons’ outside-half Jacob Botica to convert. But Neath bounced back on the half hour when new signing scrum-half Nicky Griffiths capped a marvellous debut by shooting up the blind-side from a rock-solid scrum to score in the corner and Hall converted splendidly from the touchline.

Keys then took advantage of poor midfield defence to score again when Leon Andrews sent Academy No.8 Garin Price over for Botica to convert and the ex-RGC record-holder levelled the scores at 17-17 when he kicked a penalty on the stroke of halftime.

15 minutes into the second-half Keys took the lead for the first time when winger Wesley Cunliffe shrugged off a tackle to send Botica in for a try which he converted himself.
Neath continued to hammer away at Keys and after gaining two scrum penalties near the Keys line the referee chose to penalise Neath on the third; play swept to the other end via another missed tackle and the ubiquitous Leon Andrews dabbed down.

Botica converted and kicked an unambitious late penalty to give the Dragons’ man a haul of 19 points and the scoreline a slightly flattering look – it was a lot closer.

Again, the newcomers can be proud of their efforts in a team which never gave up and, with players to return, Neath will be looking for a big effort against in-form Swansea next week.

NEATH – Jordan Rees (Laurence Howley); James Roberts, Aaron Bramwell (captain), Gavin Evans, Alec Jenkins (Geraint Roberts); Callum Hall, Nicky Griffiths; Ben Uphill (Lewis Price), Sion Crocker (Connah Vaughan), Tyla Murvai (Kieran Griffiths); Rhys Morgan, Gareth Howells; Ioan Jones (Greg Callow), Gareth Jones (Dyfan Ceredig), Craig Hill
CROSS KEYS – C.Perry; L.Ap Myrddin, L.Andrews, Adam Jones (R.Budina), W.Cunliffe (S.Majkic); J.Botica, O.Leonard (D.Fidler); Z.Hewlett (W.Griffiths), E.Shipp (T.Hansen), R.Cornock (G.Carpenter); S.Andrews (C.Johnsey), T.Lampard; D.Welsh (captain), G.Price, J.Thomas (J.Carlin)
Referee – Mr. J.Bessant (Heol-y-Cyw)

Neath play their first game of 2019, hoping that the New Year will be better than the Old, when they entertain Cross Keys at The Gnoll (kick off 2.30pm).

A brave performance at Aberavon on Boxing Day brought their re-shaped side many plaudits which were well deserved; it also delivered the try of the week by skipper Aaron Bramwell which many neutrals rated the try of the season. But it will take a big effort against Keys who have experience on their side.

With speculation increasing over the Club’s ownership, Neath supporters are totally behind the lads on the field. New recruit from Cardiff Nicky Griffiths follows in the footsteps of his father Jonathan Griffiths (Bridgend Sports) by debuting at scrum-half and another newcomer is No.8 Gareth Jones who hails from Porth.

Home debuts will be made by Jordan Rees, Craig Hill, Ioan Jones as well as replacements Connah Vaughan and Dyfan Ceredig who made their bows over Christmas.

Neath v Cross Keys (Home)
15 Jordan Rees; 14 James Roberts, 13 Aaron Bramwell (captain), 12 Gavin Evans, 11 Alec Jenkins, 10 Callum Hall, 9 Nicky Griffiths, 1 Ben Uphill, 2 Sion Crocker, 3 Tyla Murvai; 4 Rhys Morgan, 5 Scott Davies; 6 Craig Hill, 8 Gareth Jones 7 Ioan Jones

Replacements –  16 Lewis Price, 17 Connah Vaughan, 18 Keiran Griffiths, 19 Gareth Howells, 20 Dyfan Ceredig, 21 A.N.Other, 22 Geraint Roberts, 23 Laurence Howley

WRU HEARING – SANCTIONS

The article continues…….

Read the full WRU Article here:
http://www.wru.co.uk/eng/news/41864.php#.XDdHIi10dQI

 

HOSPITALITY NEWS: NEATH v CROSS KEYS – (Saturday 12th January 2018)

Neath Rugby hospitality will continue on Saturday 12th January 2019 for the Cross Keys fixture at the Gnoll.

The pre-match hospitality will start at 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. Details of the different hospitality packages for league fixtures can be found here: http://www.neathrugby.wales/hospitality-2018-19/

Matchday hospitality is open to both Neath and Cross Keys 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 Cross Keys 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 Gerald Morris on 07873787414.

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

PONTYPOOL V NEATH – CANCELLED

WRU CUP
Neath’s visit to Pontypool in the WRU Cup scheduled for Saturday, January 5th has been cancelled so good luck to Pontypool who will advance to the next round.

NEATH RFC PLAYERS LIST – 1960 to 1979/80

Due to the disappearance of the Club Minute Books relating to the secretaryship of the late Mr. Arthur Griffiths, the Club records were incomplete.

However, Mike Price has recently undertaken a marathon exercise to rectify this and the result is the attached list of 543 players who represented Neath RFC in the above period.

The result is not conclusive as it has relied almost solely upon newspaper reports, programmes etc. – if any name is missing, please contact Mike via contact@neathrugby.wales giving details of name, game(s) played etc.

CLICK HERE – NEATH RUGBY – PAST PLAYERS LIST