Ebbw Vale got the result we were all pretty much expecting on Saturday. We got well beaten at Neath. When they’ve got Arwel Thomas and Peter Sidoli on the bench, you realise that the difference in the depth of the squads is substantial.
Anyway a 41-7 defeat could have been worse, but again (trying to be positive) there were some good showings. Wales U-20 back rowers James Thomas and Rhys Jenkins were impressive, a far-from-fit Simon Pengelly made a second half impact, and scrum half Nathan Jones impressed, particularly when moving to full back for the second half. (Thanks to Graham for this top pic of Nathan Jones.)
But its still pretty grim watching. We were only in the game for the third quarter, but that’s simply not good enough. It doesn’t get easier either, with the next two games being Llanelli home and Aberavon away. Yikes.
Match reports are here and here.