Wanderers flanker Richard Thomas makes a break supported by Cardiff Blues & Wales back rower Scott Morgan(left) and Lee Highgate(right) photographer: Alyn Humphreys
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Glamorgan Wanderers 15
Once again the Wanderers left the Gnoll thoroughly disappointed with nothing to show from a game that they contributed plenty. On a cloudy afternoon Neath had the early possession and pressure, forcing the Wanderers into some desperate defence. The Wanderers line held firm but Neath showed their intent for the afternoon when awarded a penalty for offside at a ruck. Spurning an easy three points they ran a quick penalty to put Kevin James over in the corner to open the scoring. Howard Thomas converted. The visitors hit back immediately from the kick off forcing a penalty from an attacking scrum. Aled James kicked the 3 points to put the Wanderers on the scoreboard. As the half continued the Wanderers came more and more into the game. The Neath lineout came under increasing pressure with the Wanderers stealing plenty of possession and the Wanderers scrum gave the home side many problems. Aled James converted another penalty to reduce the arrears to 10-6 and as the half drew to a close there was very little between the sides.
The Wanderers brought on Harry Trelawney at scrum half for his first start of the season and the visitors began the second half with real purpose. Simon Rosser crashed through the opposition defence only to be hauled down short of the line. Possession was retained and at a subsequent ruck Neath were caught offside and James narrowed the score line to 10-9. Arwel Thomas, so often a thorn in the Wanderers side, came off the bench for Neath and had an early penalty chance which he missed. Shortly afterwards a stamping offence from the Neath scrum half gave the Wanderers the lead as James landed his 4th penalty. The game entered its last quarter with the Wanderers eyeing up a real upset. The Welsh All Blacks threw everything at the visitors and a missed tackle in midfield allowed the Neath backs the chance to retake the lead with another James try. The Wanderers were not to be outdone and James landed his 5th penalty to level the scores 15-15. With the game heading for injury time Neath sealed the victory after scrum pressure gave ex Wanderer Gareth Williams the chance to crash over in the corner. The 20-15 score-line would have been a fair result but with the last throw of the game Neath breached a tired Wanderers defence to secure a bonus point and leave the disappointed Wanderers with nothing.
Reporter: Alyn Humphreys