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 Saturday, 14 December, 2002, 16:22 GMT
All Blacks make Italians pay
Gareth Morris
Gareth Morris crosses for the opening try
Neath 56-10 Amatori & Calvisano



A hat-trick of tries from back-row man Steve Tandy helped Neath to a consolation win over the Italian side who embarrassed them last week.

Calvisano fell apart under the All Black onslaught, conceding a penalty try, having three men sin-binned and one sent off in an indisciplined display.

Wayne Boardman, Gianpiero de Carli and scrum-half Paul Griffen saw yellow before referee Eric Darriere dismissed replacement Daniele Davo for dissent.

Neath made the visitors pay with nine tries - three in the first half and six after the break.

Match details:
Neath
Tries: S Connor, A Durston, Pen, K James (2), S Jones, Tandy (3)
Cons: L Jarvis (4)
Pen: Jarvis
Calvisano
Try: Vodo
Con: Zullo
Pen: Zullo
Tandy was everywhere and unsurprisingly picked up the man-of-the-match award.

Two of his scores came in the opening 40 minutes as Neath built an 18-10 interval lead.

Kevin James claimed two tries and Steve Jones, Adrian Durston and Shaun Connor also crossed.

Calvisano replied with a touchdown from wing Apenisa Vodo, but they were always struggling against a Neath side who played at a greater pace.

The result ended any mathematical chance of the Italians qualifying.

In theory, Neath could still make it to the quarter-finals, but that would require a shock much greater than Calvisano's victory last weekend.


Neath: Adrian Durston; Kevin James, James Storey, Dave Tiueti, Gareth Morris; Lee Jarvis, Patrick Horgan; Nathan Bonner-Evans, Brett Sinkinson, Steve Tandy, Gareth Llewellyn (capt), Steve Martin, Adam Jones, Steve Jones, Duncan Jones.
Reps: Shaun Connor, Andy Moore, Paul James, Barry Williams, Andrew Millward, Andy Newman, Alfie Mocelutu.

Amatori & Calvisano: M Ravazzolo, A Vodo, C Zanoletti, G Raineri, E Mulieri, V Zullo, E Trecate, G de Carli (capt), G Intoppa, S Perugini, L Mastrodomenico, W Boardman, R Mandelli, A de Rossi, C Roux.
Reps: D Davo, G Bocca, J Purll, F Letinic, P Griffen, S Varrella, F Merli.

Ref: Eric Darriere (France).

Att: 3,000


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