Carmarthen Quins probably had their best chance for many years and would have felt confident in breaking the Gnoll hoodoo and winning for the first time ever at the ground but it was not meant to be.
On the whole it was a poor display with plenty of handling errors from both sides, little sympathy from the referee and a lack of flowing rugby resulting. Carmarthen were even forced into having uncontested scrums before the end.
The Quins had the first opportunity of scoring but Dan Newton missed from 30m. and then soon after Carwyn Jones was sin-binned. Neath capitalised with a successful penalty from the boot of Dai Langdon. The home side then went further ahead when they stole the ball at a breakdown allowing Gareth McCartney to break through and then release Ryan Evans for an unconverted try. Dan Newton was able to reduce the deficit but Neath held the advantage at the interval by 8-3.
Into the second half and Newton slotted three penalties to give the visitors a decent lead with 25min. to go. Gareth McCartney destroyed the dream, however, when he slid over for a try five minutes later which was converted by Langdon.
Both sides attacked to the end but with no further scores the final score remained Carmarthen Quins 12 Neath 15 and the Quins had lost three of their first four fixtures. With increasing injury concerns and the lack of stability and control in the set pieces a problem, Carmarthen will have to work hard to rebound against Newport at the Park on Saturday.