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Injury-hit Neath go in search of revenge

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 13, 2012

By Dafydd Pritchard

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NEATH will be hoping to avenge last weekend's mauling at the hands of Bedford when they visit the same opponents in the British & Irish Cup on Saturday.

The injury-hit Welsh All Blacks were beaten 62-12 by the English Championship side in their last outing at The Gnoll.

That left the former Principality Premiership champions bottom of Pool 2 with five points from their first three matches, all but eliminating them from the competition. Neath were without 14 players against Bedford, and head coach Patrick Horgan admits they will be similarly depleted this weekend.

"We'll probably field a similar team as I don't think there's any light at the end of the tunnel in regards to injuries," he said.

"We just have to front up and some of the boys who were permitted in will help us out again."

Meanwhile, Aberavon will be looking to get one over Plymouth on Friday night after losing to the English Championship team 21-20 at the Talbot Athletic Ground last weekend.

The Wizards travel to Devon at the foot of the Pool 7 table without a win from their three matches so far.

They have two losing bonus points to show for their efforts, but the British & Irish Cup quarter-finals are out of reach for last season's Principality Premiership semi-finalists.

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