Pontypridd 6-25 Neath

Date
22.11.2003  14:30
Competition
Welsh Premier League
Location
Sardis Road

Source: icWales

SCRUM-HALF Patrick Horgan scored two tries and created another as Neath kept up the intense pressure on Welsh Premiership leaders Newport.

The second-placed Welsh All Blacks followed up a demolition job on Newport last week with this well-earned victory yesterday that also took Pontypridd's unbeaten home record.

Pontypridd just had no answer to the House of Pain killers, who came to Sardis Road armed with a bigger and more experienced pack.

And it ended a bad week for Ponty fans who found out that regional side Celtic Warriors won't be playing games at Sardis Road again this season.

But for Neath the victory gave great pleasure to coach Rowland Phillips.

"I was delighted with the win and the fact that the Neath bandwagon continues to roll, but what really delighted me was the way we defended at the end," said Phillips.

Pontypridd were rewarded for a bright and enterprising opening when they were given a penalty after only 46 seconds, converted from the 22 by full-back Jason Pocock.

But Neath's more street-wise pack started to make their presence felt, aided by the presence of their own Jonny Wilkinson clone - the left-footed outside-half Chris Anderson who put over a 45-metre penalty to level the scores.

Neath, however, began to exert their extra power up front. Hywel Jenkins claimed a line-out 30 metres out and after the pack got a rumble on, Horgan emerged with the ball and ran in unopposed for the opening try. Anderson's conversion put the visitors 10-3 ahead after 14 minutes.

That advantage was extended to ten points with a second Anderson penalty, but before the interval Pocock managed to cancel that out with his own three points.

But it only took six minutes after the re-start for Neath to go a long way to sealing the result when a Horgan break helped to send Fijian wing Elvis Seveali'i over for the second converted try.

Pontypridd never gave up the hope of getting back into the contest, but the result was put beyond any doubt seven minutes from time when Horgan squeezed over for his second try.

After wins over Newport and Ponty, Neath now travel to Cardiff next weekend in a bid to continue their ever-growing title challenge.

 

Score Summary

Pontypridd:

Pens - Pocock (2).

Neath:

Tries - Horgan (2), Seveali'i;

Pens - Anderson (2);

Cons - Anderson (2).

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