Cardiff came away from the Gnoll with a losing bonus point but the squad will know it should have been so much more.
Neath were the better side in the first fifteen minutes. Their forwards were using the pick and drive to great effect. Several surges at the visitor’s line were repelled though as the Blue & Black defence held firm. In fact it was Cardiff who struck first. Another Neath attack lead to the ball being spread wide in the visitors twenty-two only for the final pass to be picked off by Tom Williams who raced the length of the filed to dot down for a try that was converted by Geriant Llewellyn.
Llewellyn increased the lead with a penalty before James Thomas opened the Welsh All Blacks account with a simple penalty form ten metres out. And they narrowed the gap when former Cardiff wing Jamie Davies was put clear near halfway. His pace allowed him to squeeze over in the corner. Three minutes later they went ahead. Following a move that combined backs and forwards the home side worked their way downfield and when a gap in the defence appeared that Jordan Collier went through, Thomas added the extras to send Neath into thee break 15-10 up.
The second half was a stop start affair. Cardiff huffed and puffed but could not blow the Neath defence down. There were lots of opportunities but the final pass just dint go to hand. Next week’s trip to Newport is now a must win game if the Blue & Blacks want to keep up the challenge for a top three finish.