BLACK AND AMBER
Newport’s premier sporting team now sadly consigned to semi-professional status. Founded in 1875 they are conquerors of all the major touring teams. Many great players have graced the hallowed turf of Rodney Parade. Following the reorganisation of the game Newport now play in the Welsh Premiership with teams like Llandovery and Bedwas.
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NEWPORT FALL IN NORTH WALES
May 13 - Newport's season ended on an entertaining note but with another defeat, this time to RGC1404 at Colwyn Bay by 43 to 36. Tries for the Black and Ambers came from Bartlett, Frewen and Davies. Matt O'Brien kept Newport in the hunt with three conversions and five penalties. His last penalty put them 36-35 in front only for a late Botica penalty and Evans try to deny them.
NEWPORT GO DOWN TO PONTY
May 9 - Newport continued their poor run of form in late season with a 27-16 defeat to Pontypridd. They were never in the game. An O'Driscoll try on 68 minutes brought them to within four points of Ponty but an over-turned scrum shortly atferwards led to a try by Diggy Bird.
NEWPORT SLIP TO ANOTHER DEFEAT
May 6 - Newport slipped to their fourth defeat in a row when they lost to Cross Keys 35-19 at Rodney Parade yesterday. Jonny Morris, Chay Smith and Alex Everett got the tries, two were converted by Matt O'Brien but the Black and Ambers were second best to a Keys side spurred on by former Newport star James Ledbeater.
BEDWAS STEAL LATE WIN
May 3 - A late try following a defensive error by James Richards gave Bedwas a 29-28 victory over Newport. Newport: Tries: C Smith, H Lang, T Lucas; Cons: M O’Brien (2); Pens: M O’Brien (2), S Veall
NEWPORT OVER-POWERED IN CUP
April 30 - Newport were completely outplayed by Merthyr in the Cup Final yesterday evening. They conceded 20 points in the first quarter and were unable to establish a foothold in the game eventually losing 41-7. Their half backs failed to control possession and they struggled to defend against Merthyr's carrying game. Off the field it was doubly disappointing as so many Newport fans had made the effort to come to Cardiff. Conditions for spectators at the Principality Stadium were extremely poor with alcohol and litter strewn everywhere and issues around the conduct of Merthyr fans, stewards were slow to deal with bad behaviour and there was an issue of suspected racism reported with respect to one of their fans.
NEWPORT BEATEN AT ABERAVON
Apr 21 - Newport struggled at Aberavon with their minds on the Cup Final next week and could manage only one try from Brendon Huntley in their 36-5 defeat.
BLACK AND AMBERS SEE OFF BARGOED
Apr 18 - Newport saw off Bargoed 29-3 at Rodney Parade with five tries (a penalty try, Morris x2, Bartlett and Palmer).
LEAGUE HOPES TAKE A DENT AT CARMARTHEN
Apr 15 - Newport's outside chance of taking the league took a dent at Carmarthen where they went down 36-33 in an entertaining encounter. The home side built up an apparently comfortable lead until Newport launched yet another late comeback but despite narrowing the gap they ran out of time. They still came away with two losing bonus points. Scorers – Tries: C Smith, Haydn Palmer, A Everett, H Simons, J Bartlett; Cons: M O’Brien (4)
STUNNING FINALE SEES NEWPORT GRAB UNLIKELY WIN
Apr 8 - Newport scored a flurry of tries in the last fifteen minutes to grab an unlikely win in a stunning finale against Swansea. The Whites were 21-7 up with fifteen minutes to go but Newport had other ideas about the result of the match. Fielding 14 players on permit Newport were always going to be up against it. They took the lead with Ryan Bates scoring a try converted by Louis O'Brien. Swansea took charge after that with two penalties from Howe and a converted try for Sion Jones giving them a 13-7 interval lead. A further Howe penalty was followed by a try for Andrew Claypole on 43 minutes. But Newport found a second wind and Arron Atkin's converted try brought them within seven points. With a few minutes to play James Little collected O'Brien's kick to score. With the score at 19-21 Newport launched a long range attack from their own five metre line a break out by Morgan Evans and Matthew Williams led to further combination play before Little was on hand to score again, converted by O'Brien to give the home side a 26-21 victory.
NEWPORT DENIED AT DEATH
Apr 1 - A controversial late try gave Llandovery victory at the death over Newport on Good Friday. A move from the Drovers in the fourth minute of added time saw Lee Williams knock the ball on over the line according to referee Parry only for his decision to be reversed following the intervention of the touch judge. Newport had the better of the play and a converted Harri Lang try along with three O'Driscoll penalties gave them a 16-11 half time lead. O'Driscoll added a further penalty with eight minutes to go to put them in front by 19-17 before the end of game antics denied them a deserved victory.
NEWPORT EASE PAST LOWLY NEATH
Mar 25 - Newport eased past bottom club Neath 48-36 despite their spirited second half fightback. They rattled in seven tries as they scored 40 plus points for the second time in a week. Once again Matt O'Brien was prominent as the Black and Ambers forged a significant lead before Neath rallied late on.
NEWPORT HAMMER BEDWAS ON WAY TO CUP SEMIS
Mar 22 - Newport shook off their defeat at Bridgend by hammering Bedwas 43-14 at the Bridge Field on their way to the semi final of the Cup where they will face Llandovery. The Black and Ambers overpowered Bedwas after the home side took an early lead. Newport scored six tries.
BLACK AND AMBERS THROW AWAY NINE POINT LEAD AT BRIDGEND
Mar 18 - Newport threw away a nine point advantage (12-3) to eventually go down 16-12 to lowly Bridgend at the Brewery Field, This is the Black and Ambers first defeat of 2018, they now need to pick themselves up for Tuesday's cup battle away at Bedwas.
Bridgend – Try: J Phillips; Con: J Murphy; Pens: J Murphy (3) Newport – Pens: M O’Brien (4)
STUNNING WIN FOR NEWPORT AT MERTHYR
Mar 11 - Newport emerged victorious from Wern Park yesterday after a strong finish against league leaders Merthyr. The Ironmen deployed a very physical but limited game which did not intimidate Newport who kept in touch with their hosts throughout the game allowing a Matt O'Brien penalty to snatch victory in the dying moments. The Black and Ambers remain unbeaten in 2018. O'Brien's contribution was decisive, he scored three second half penalties to edge Newport home, adding to a first half penalty and the conversion of inside centre Tom Pascoe's opening try.
BLACK AND AMBERS FROZEN OUT
Feb 24 - A frozen pitch led to the cancellation of Newport's morning kick off against Pontypridd today.
FIVE IN A ROW FOR BLACK AND AMBERS
Feb 16 - Newport made it five in a row with a comfortable bonus point win over Llanelli at Rodney Parade on Friday night by 29-20. The point puts them fourth in the Welsh Premiership
Newport: Tries: A Everett (2), C Smith, G O'Driscoll; Cons: H Simons (3); Pen: M O’Brien.
BEDWAS GAME OFF
Feb 10 - Newport's game with Bedwas was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
BLACK AND AMBERS EDGE OUT EBBW
Feb 4 - The Black and Ambers edged out Ebbw Vale 18-15 at Rodney Parade this afternoon. A red card for Cameron Regan was the pivotal moment after a good start by Ebbw put them 12-0 ahead. He was sent off for a challenge on Newport prop Garin Harris on 16 minutes. An exchange of penalties left the score at 15-3 but after a fine run by Jon Morris prop Nick Boyce crashed over. A converted try for Adam Sabri gave Newport the winning score.
NEWPORT SEE OFF ABERAVON
Jan 28 - It might have been a case of after the Lord Mayor's Show for Newport RFC following County's match with Spurs but the Black and Ambers produced a fine performance to progress to the quarter finals of the Welsh Cup for the first time in 15 years. Newport beat Aberavon comfortably by 22 points to 9. An early try by Tom Pascoe paved the way. Simons added a penalty before a drop goal for the Wizards narrowed the gap to 8-3. Adam Sabri added a second try for the Port before a Williams penalty for Aberavon. A further exchange of penalties narrowed it 19-9 before Geraint O'Driscoll made the final score 22-9.
NEWPORT THROUGH TO NEXT ROUND OF CUP
Jan 9 - The Black and Ambers are through to the next round of the Welsh Cup and will face Aberavon at home on the weekend of January 27 to 29 after disposing of Swansea by 24 points to 20 at St Helens. They held a comfortable lead against the All Whites and held on despite two late tries.
NEWPORT SECURE FINE BONUS POINT WIN OVER CARDIFF
Dec 30 - Newport gained a
fine bonus point win over Cardiff as the second phase of the season got
under way at Rodney Parade. The two conferences combine in order to decide
the competition. Newport carry forward four points from the first phase, the
five points from this match gives them nine, placing them sixth out of
NEWPORT LET LEAD SLIP AWAY
Dec 20 - Newport let a half time lead slip away as they lost 32 to 24 to Cross Keys at Rodney Parade tonight. Tries came from Palmer, Morris and Piper, all converted by Simons and O'Brien (2), Simons scored a first half penalty.
ORDER OF THE BOOT FOR DAVIES
Dec 18 - Stuart Davies has left his position as chief executive of Rodney Parade Limited with David Buttress becoming the Rodney Parade region's executive chairman. Former Wales back row forward Davies was appointed as Rodney Parade Ltd chief executive in February 2015, succeeding Gareth Davies after he left to become Welsh Rugby Union chairman.
NEWPORT WIN AT BARGOED
Dec 1 - In bitterly cold conditions Newport beat Bargoed at Bargoed Park by 25 to 17 to reverse the outcome in October at Rodney Parade. Tries came from Taylor, Frewen and Palmer, with two conversions by O'Brien. He also added a penalty. 22-3 down at half time Bargoed mounted a comeback with converted tries for Lewis and Hallett, Simons added a penalty for the Black and Ambers.
NEWPORT PUSH MERTHYR HARD
Nov 26 Newport pushed Merthyr very hard in the early kick off at Rodney Parade yesterday afternoon. The Black and Ambers fell short by 30 points to 34 against the Premiership Champions and played by far the brighter brand of rugby. Their opponents were powerful but ponderous and if Newport had managed to keep the ball alive at the end of the game there is little doubt they would have fashioned an opportunity that could have brought victory. The Black and Ambers scored three tries via O'Brien, Greggains and Morris, all converted by O'Brien and three penalties from the latter.
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NEWPORT BLAST EBBW IN BIG WIN
Nov 19 - Newport convincingly beat struggling Ebbw Vale 42 points to 12 in a big five point win at Rodney Parade. The Black and Ambers were up 25-5 at half time having much the better of play in perfect conditions. Adam Sabri opened the scoring for Newport befire Regan equalised for Ebbw. Garin Harris scored a converted try before Simons added two penalties on 36 and 38 minutes. Sabri went over again for a converted score to give Newport an emphatic lead. Ebbw players were yellow carded either side of the interval. Simons continued to punish their indiscipline with a further penalty before Ebbw scored their second try through Lewis converted by Dennett. Bates and Lewis added late tries and Franchi was carded for Ebbw as Newport completed the double over their rivals.
NEWPORT LOSE CRAZY GAME AT PONTY
Nov 11 - Newport went down 47-45 at Sardis Road in an
amazing high scoring Welsh Premiership match. The scoreline flattered
Newport with the Black and Ambers rallying to score 19 points in the last
three minutes and scoring 7 of the 14 tries in the match. Tries - O'Driscoll,
O'Brien (4), Palmer, Sabri Conversions - O'Brien (5)
LAST GASP PENALTY SEALS NEWPORT WIN
Nov 3 - A penalty by Matt O'Brien saw Newport to victory by 28-25 over Bedwas. Steffan Jones’ penalty looked set to earn Bedwas a draw. Newport played well and had the lead inside the opening two minutes as a through a try by Owen Davies converted by O'Brien. Hadyn Palmer got a try before half time but Bedwas went in front by 17-15. After an early Bedwas try Davies crossed again for a converted score to make it 22-22. The exchange of penalties that followed found in favour of O'Brien and a Newport win. Attendance - 436
CARDIFF COMFORTABLY DISPOSE OF NEWPORT
Oct 27 - Newport emerged pointless after being beaten comfortably (37-22) by Cardiff at the Arms Park on Friday night. The Blue and Blacks built up a convincing half time lead and were never challenged. Palmer, Lang, James scored Newport's tries with conversions from Simons and Robson and a first half penalty from Simons.
BLACK AND AMBER UPDATE
Oct 14 - Newport RFC have announced that two major local
employers are sponsoring playing shorts this season. The club stated "MII
Ltd are an engineering and maintenance contracting company originally based
in Newport but now working out of a large industrial operation in Bedwas.
MII have for many years been supporters and sponsors of both Newport RFC and
Friends of Newport Rugby and we are delighted to see them commit to back the
NEWPORT SEE OFF KEYS
Oct 7 - A poor Cross Keys side were comfortably dispatched by Newport at Pandy Park. The Black and Ambers won 21-12 scoring through Palmer and a penalty try. Outside half Hadyn Simons starred adding a conversion and three penalties. Apparently it was Newport's first win against Cross Keys away in the league since 2008.
SHOCKING DEFEAT FOR NEWPORT
Oct 1 - Newport suffered a shocking defeat at Rodney Parade going down 35-14 to Bargoed on a damp, drizzly afternoon. After a tight first half with only a point between the sides Bargoed increased the gap to a comfortable margin.
MERTHYR EASE PAST NEWPORT
Sep 24 - Newport's recent good form came to an abrupt halt in the first half of their fixture at Wern Road. Merthyr built up a large lead 29-14 and retained a comfortable margin for the remainder of the match. Newport's last try from Curtis Ayling in particular was a fine effort. Tries for Newport came from O'Driscoll, Pascoe, Smith, Cullimore and Ayling, four were converted by Matt O'Brien. Newport sit in fifth position with 11 points.
NEWPORT BEAT EBBW WITH LAST KICK
Sep 17 - The final kick of the game from Matt O'Brien gave Newport a deserved 27-25 bonus point win over Ebbw Vale at Eugene Cross Park. The Black and Ambers allowed Ebbw to come back into the game after taking a commanding lead (they were 17-5 up at half time) but O'Brien's kick was enough to secure a bonus point victory. Tries - Smith, Lavender, Simons (2) Cons - O'Brien (2) penalty - O'Brien.
NEWPORT SEE OFF PONTY IN EXCITING WIN
Sep 9 - A 45 metre penalty from Matt O'Brien was the difference between the two sides as Newport stormed back to form with a 29-27 victory over Pontypridd. The home side retrieved a deficit on a number of occasions to cap their victory with four tries and a bonus point against heavy hitting opponents. Burgess, Morris, Cunliffe, Howells got the tries, three converted by O'Brien and he also added the vital match winning penalty.
NEWPORT SET FOR LONG SEASON?
Sep 3 - Newport seem set for a long and difficult season after they went down comprehensively yesterday to Bedwas at the Bridge Field by 29 points to 7. Their only try came from a second half maul with Will Evans getting the touch down converted by Matt O'Brien. Attendance 470
UNSATISFACTORY START FOR NEWPORT
Aug 28 - A crowd of 715, a beautiful day, long queues at the bar and a match against their oldest rivals...what could go wrong? Unfortunately, for Newport, events on the pitch heavily favoured Cardiff and for most of the match they were comprehensively outplayed. The final 31-19 score-line flattered the home side. They were beaten up front, half back and their only tactic of merit was a rolling maul which brought scoring opportunities and the sniff of a bonus point. Their defensive effort improved in the second half and there was no doubting the wholehearted effort and commitment in temperatures in the mid-twenties. There were lots of new faces and it is very difficult to judge a team on one outing.
Off the field the club could only take cash transaction for tickets which was slightly bizarre given they have had time to get banking facilities in place. However, there was a huge effort by volunteers to ensure the day went well and that security and stewarding went well. Hopefully, the club made some money from what could have been a bumper day.
Evans, Lang and Palmer got Newport's tries.
NEWPORT LOSE FRIENDLY
Aug 23 - Newport lost to English League One side Ampthill 29-11 on Saturday.
THE FULL FORCE OF WRU RULE LEAVES NEWPORT RFC REELING
July 31 - The full consequences of the Welsh Rugby Union's takeover has left Newport RFC reeling as it has been denied use of facilities and changes administrative arrangements. Following the takeover of Rodney Parade Newport RFC's historic clubhouse will not be in use this season. In addition due to the prohibitive cost of stewarding the entire stadium only the Bisley Stand will be available to the club for home matches. The WRU has agreed to allow the Black and Ambers to use the David Watkins bar in the Bisley Stand and to receive revenue from the bar. As yet the Club has been unable to produce season ticket offers. It seems likely that the offer in the coming season could comfortably exceed last year's price for non-concession tickets - Ł90. The new landlord is undertaking other ground work including hospitality boxes at south end being taken down, new floodlights on the Hazell Stand, disabled access being upgraded and work on safety being carried out in the Hazell Terrace and Stand.
COMMENT - Newport RFC has endured the most difficult close season imaginable. The club has lost pretty much everything retaining only short term rights to play at its own ground. Disentangling the Club from Rodney Parade Limited and starting the new journey as an independent club was never going to be an easy one. There have been delays some inevitable and some not so. The Club urgently needs to get its season ticket offer out to fans who have already made commitments to the professional side in some cases. The Dragons have a poor season ticket base, this is an opportunity to set a competitive price that will encourage fans to get behind the City's premier rugby club. Newport RFC must get the message out quickly or lose vital business.
FIXTURES 2017 - 2018
KEY - PP=Welsh Premiership F = Friendly C= Cup Kick off times Sat/Sun 2.30pm Wed/Thurs/Fri 7.15pm
GIVE THE TEAM BACK TO THE CITY!
"It was blindingly obvious years ago that the Dragons would have the devil’s own job winning over an unwilling county to support them but they have positioned themselves badly in their market. The regime of Tony Brown, in days when Newport were Newport, had its critics but compared with the present operation, they were light years ahead. They had a chief executive in Keith Grainger and a director of marketing in Phil Davies who were ambitious and driven, and so full of ideas that by the end of the season, you were almost prepared to consider emigration in order to escape them... One of the other key elements, as I have said many times, is for the club to be returned to its city, for all silly county tags to be removed and for Newport to become Newport again. It is the only way to maximise crowds and income." Stephen Jones 'Sunday Times' 14/05/06
Heineken Cup, Pool 4
Newport announced their arrival in Europe by recording a brilliant victory over 1998 Heineken Cup winners Bath at Rodney Parade.
The Black and Ambers, roared on by a capacity 11,000 crowd, blitzed Bath through three first half tries.
And the 22-10 interval advantage proved too much of a hurdle for Bath to overcome, despite replacement fly-half Shaun Berne's try 12 minutes from time and persistent late pressure. Newport prospered because they took their chances, leaving Bath to dig deep ahead of next Saturday's tough pool four trip to Munster. The home side survived a nervous closing 10 minutes after being reduced to 14 men when their South African skipper Gary Teichmann was sinbinned for killing possession.
"It is now my strong view, given the above circumstances, that such viability and success can best be achieved if the infrastructure of Gwent Dragons is subsumed into the existing operations of Newport RFC." Marcus Russell, August 20 2003.
Jan 1897 - Rugby's first superstar and Black and Amber hero Arthur Gould, leading Wales for the last time, steers them to a victory over England at Newport. Wales won by 1 Goal and 2 Tries (11) to Nil. He retired with 27 Welsh caps and having led his country 18 times - national records at the time. This giant of Newport and Welsh sport ought to be properly commemorated in his home city.