FIXTURES are here
July 5 -
Newport's reward for their top 4 placing in the Welsh Premiership is a very
tough draw in the British and Irish Cup. Their group is as follows - Pool A:
Cornish Pirates, Currie, Leinster, Newport, Plymouth Albion, Worcester Warriors.
their opening match is at home against Leinster on October 16.
PLAY FRIENDLY IN CORNWALL
June 17 -
Newport will face Launceston in Cornwall in a pre-season match on Saturday
CONCERN OVER DALE DEPARTURE
June 6 -
Newport RFC's effective role as the Gwent Dragons second XV seems to have been
confirmed by the departure of long serving back row Richard Dale from the club.
Dale's father states that his son received and signed a contract for the season
six weeks ago. On the TalkNewport messageboard his father states "Unlike a
number of the other players he doesn’t have an agent. Doesn’t want or feel he
needs one. He’s had offers from other clubs in Wales and England; always does.
But never seriously considers them. He’s been with Newport since he was 16 and
didn’t have any intention of going anywhere else." However, despite the signing
of the contract he was soon surplus to requirements "One afternoon last week,
during a coaching session with a group of youngsters, he had a phone call
telling him that the Dragons had allocated players to Newport and therefore
Newport would not honour his contract. He was out."
Cronk has denied any involvement in the decision. The decision underlines the
stark reality of the set up at Newport. The close relationship between the
various arms of Rodney Parade Limited effectively means that the Dragons
management can dictate key parts of the Newport side. Premiership rugby is a
training ground for regional rugby which is a dress rehearsal for the supposed
be-all and end-all, international rugby. Results, club affiliations and
identities are irrelevant. The real question is.. why does anyone support this
set up at all, inevitably it will lead to the slow lingering death of Newport
Dragons' announcement "Dragons spread their wings" is featured on the Newport
RFC website and makes things very clear. It states "The likes of Newport’s
Andrew Coombs, Cross Keys’ Lloyd Burns, Jevon Groves, Nathan Buck and Steffan
Jones and Bedwas’ Phil Price and Tom Cooper will all train with the Dragons in
the week before turning out for their clubs if not required for Magners League
or Heineken Cup action.........The older members of the Academy – the likes of
Wales Under-20s skipper Dan Watchurst - will be based with Newport while Pooler
will get the younger talent and be first port of call if senior Dragons need
May 27 -
Newport captain Andrew Coombs was named Premiership player of the year at last
night's awards dinner in Cardiff.
May 20 -
Newport have made three impressive early season signings. 22 year old Rhys Jones
has joined from Cornish Pirates and will form a strong half back partnership
with 17 year old Welsh Academy scrum half Jonathon Evans. Centre Gareth Chapman
also rejoins Newport from Cardiff. Unfortunately, Gareth Wyatt has decided to
return to hometown club Pontypridd.
May 20 - Mark
Workman has announced his intention to retire and has paid tribute to Newport
rugby club and its supporters at the end of a great career in the game "I’d like
to thank you all for your very kind messages and for your support over the
years. I am very proud of my association with Newport RFC and sad that I won’t
be pulling the Black and Amber Jersey on again.
During my time at Rodney Parade I have played with some fantastic players. Early
days there was Muddy, Moseley, Goodey, Gareth Rees then came Goughie, Voyley,
Snowy followed by Howarth and Teichmann and latterly Dai Pats, Pooley and Hilly
to name but a few.
I’ve worked under some great coaches, Roger Powell who signed me from Machen,
The one and only Junna who had a massive influence on me, Steve Fenwick, Pierre
Villepreux (or Villeprix as Junna called him), Alun Lewis, then Dai Rees,
Hembrow and Sven all with different qualities and ideas.
I played in the first ever professional Newport team V Aberavon in 96 I think,
but feel I have had the best of both worlds experiencing the old traditional
rugby environment and today’s professional era. (I think, preferring the former)
Tours to South Africa and Canada are among the many memories and experiences
that will stay with me forever as will my many friends I have made along the way
and for this I owe a massive thank you to Newport RFC and everyone involved in
this great club. I shall look forward to seeing you on the terraces and in the
club next season."
PLAY OFF SEMI
May 17 -
Newport lost their play off semi final in Swansea by 31-17 after a brave effort
this evening. They were unable to compensate for the loss of a fly half as
Chris Wannell was ruled out earlier today. Centre Hanno Dirksen and Welsh
international Tom Prydie both got a brace of tries for the dominant Whites.
Newport scored three from Dan McShane, Alan Awcock and a penalty try. Gareth
Wyatt converted one. Swansea face Neath in the final.
INVITED TO SEVENS - REPORT
May 16 -
According to reports the Rwandan national team - the Silverbacks - has been
invited to the annual sevens tournament scheduled for later in the summer.
The Vice President of the National Rugby federation and also
Silverbacks caretaker coach Gerald Nsenga told allafricacom that it was an
honour for Newport to invite the Silverbacks. "It is not the only invitation we
have received this year which is a good sign," he said. "Last year, Newport
finished second in the league, so it is an honour for us to be invited to take
part in the Newport 7s."
May 11 -
Newport beat Llanelli 48-35 in an end of season romp at Rodney Parade to mark
the second round of the play offs. The Black and Ambers came back in blistering
fashion from a first half deficit of 35-19 scoring 29 unanswered points on their
way to yet another fixture away at Swansea. Newport completed an unbeaten league
season at Rodney Parade, they were also unbeaten in the British and Irish Cup
here. Their only defeat, a 19-17 reverse to Cardiff in March. Tries for Newport
came from Dale, McShane, Poole, Awcock, Leach, Evans and Williams.
Conversions came from Robling 2 and Wannell 3. Wannell also scored a penalty.
May 4 -
Llanelli have beaten Cardiff and will now play Newport at Rodney Parade on
Tuesday May 11th 2010 KO : 7:15PM in Round 2 of the Play-Offs. This is an
all pay match as laid down by the
presentation evening took place on Saturday with awards as follows -
Supporters' Player of the
Season: Mike Poole /
Supporters' Clubman of Year :
Andrew Brown / Players'
Player : Mike Poole /
Coaches' Player :
HAMMERED BY WHITES
Apr 27 -
Newport's play off meeting with Swansea at St. Helen's ended in a 60-19
hammering with the Whites scoring nine tries including three from Tom Prydie.
Newport scored three tries all from Alan Awcock (one in the first half, two in
ODD PLAN FOR
Apr 27 - Having
acknowledged that traditional rugby grounds have made a comeback this year as
against half-filled football stadia, Newport RFC has made the odd decision to
scrap terracing on the Corporation Road side of the ground. In proposals
detailed at last night's AGM the club is proposing to re-site the existing
terracing to the clubhouse end of the ground and to redevelop the existing Argus
Terrace into a seated stand with 16 to 18 hospitality boxes and a bar area. The
new clubhouse end terrace of the ground will be a covered stand and it is hoped
to have this in place for the start of the 2010/11 season. The Hazell Terrace
and Stand will be also be refurbished but to a much more minor extent. The new
Corporation Road stand will be ready in time for Christmas 2010 fixtures.
April 26 -
Newport head to Swansea tomorrow evening for the first round of the Welsh
Premiership play offs. The Black and Ambers will find progress difficult and if
they fail will get a second chance by playing Llanelli or Cardiff at home on May
4.The Newport RFC End of Season presentation evening will be held in the
Clubhouse on Saturday, 1st May 2010.
April 21 -
Newport hammered Carmarthen Quins this evening 47-14 to finish third in the
Principality Premiership. Newport were totally dominant throughout against a
Quins outfit more influenced by on the Swalec Cup Final rather than the league.
The Black and Ambers scored six tries (a penalty try, Scott Williams, Mike Poole
2, Adam Hughes and Chris Wannell), three penalties (Lewis Robling) and four
conversions (two for Robling, 2 for Wannell). Newport now play at Swansea in the
first round play off in a week's time.
April 19 -
Newport are set for the play-offs and seem likely to finish third in the
Principality Premiership irrespective of the result of tomorrow evening's
encounter in Carmarthen. Third place will mean an away trip to Swansea in round
1 of the playoffs, a defeat at St.Helen's will mean a home encounter in Round 2
against the winner of the 6th and 7th placed play off. Victory there will mean a
semi final fixture against, in all probability, Swansea.
PONTYPOOL BEAT BLACK AND AMBERS
April 14 -
Newport went from the sublime (Neath) to the ridiculous (Pontypool) tonight as
they lost 20-15 to the struggling Eastern Valley side at Pontypool Park. A late
try for Pontypool from Macey converted by O'Driscoll sealed the win. Newport had
recovered from a 10-3 deficit at half time to take a 15-10 lead through tries
from Walker and Pattison but despite the surfeit of possession did not take
their chances. The only consolation is that Ebbw Vale are relegated.
AMBERS HOLD OFF NEATH
April 10 - In
an exciting advert for Premiership rugby Newport held off title challengers
Neath at Rodney Parade this evening. The Welsh All Blacks, 27-24 down with
moments to play, were awarded a late penalty that would have tied the score.
Outside half Arwel Thomas initially elected not to kick it and when he called
for his kicking tee was told by the referee that he could not kick the goal as
he had elected to kick for a line out. From the line out Newport won the ball
and scrum half Alex Walker cleared the ball into touch for the win.
the match strongly with a try from full back Gareth King after three minutes but
Newport clawed their way back in to the match in part due to constant
indiscipline from their opponents including a number of high tackles. Neath had
two men carded in the first forty. As a result, eighteen year old outside half
Lewis Robling had a number of penalty opportunities. He scored three in the
half. In between Mike Poole intercepted a pass from Neath scrum half Farrell to
run the length of the field to score. Gareth Gravell bullocked through the
Newport defence to give Neath a try, converted by Thomas. Half time Newport 14
The second half
saw Newport cut loose to dominate their opponents and stretch their lead. A fine
move involving Pat Leach and Adam Hughes created space out wide for a Richard
Dale score. Robling added a conversion and penalty to put Newport 24-12 in
front. A chip through was collected by centre Stephen Thomas to score although
television replays suggest that there was a forward pass in the move and that
Thomas failed to ground the ball. Shortly afterwards a Thomas crosskick penalty
evaded a sprawling Hughes for Jenkins to score on the left wing.
continued to play fluent rugby and were rewarded with a Robling penalty with
three minutes to go. Neath could have tied it up at the end but in truth the
Black and Ambers deserved their victory and can reflect upon an unbeaten home
record in the league this season.
STRUGGLE PAST WANDERERS
Apr 6 - A tired
Newport performance was still enough to beat Glamorgan Wanderers 23-17 at Rodney
Parade tonight. The Black and Ambers eased in to a comfortable first half lead
with tries from Adam Brown and Andrew Brown (2). Budina scored Wanderers only
points to limit the deficit to 15-5. Newport struggled to maintain their lead in
the second half but held out thanks to a try from Alan Awcock and penalty from
Lewis Robling. Wanderers scored two tries from Nathan Trevett and scrum half Tom
Rowlands. Newport with a much changed team still grabbed five points to maintain
third place but will need to up their game for the visit of Neath on Saturday.
SCORE DENIES NEWPORT
Apr 3 - A late
try from Llanelli's Steve Martin denied Newport the spoils at the Parc y
Scarlets. Newport held a 27-23 blead ut the converted injury time try gave
Llanelli a 30-27 victory. After an early penalty for the home side Richard Payne
scored for Newport converted by Gareth Wyatt. A succession of Llanelli scores,
two Shingler penalties and a converted try for Keenan, gave the home side a 16-7
lead despite Newport enjoying parity in terms of possession. Gareth Wyatt
brought the Black and Ambers within two with a converted try just prior to half
time. A Wyatt penalty put Newport in front early in the second half before
Llanelli regained the lead with a Reynolds try converted by Shingler. Newport
narrowed the advantage to 23-20 with a further penalty from Wyatt before taking
a decisive lead with a converted Andrew Brown try three minutes before the end
of time. However, they were thwarted for the second time in four days with
Martin's try coming in the seventh minute of added time!
PORT LOSE TO
14 MAN CARDIFF
Mar 31 - A
fourteen man Cardiff side beat Newport narrowly 19-17 at the Arms Park this
evening. A late penalty by Gareth Davies gave the Blue and Blacks victory in a
scrappy and ill tempered game. Cardiff were reduced to fourteen men just
before half time when inside centre Darren Ryan was dismissed for stamping.
Cardiff held a 10-5 advantage at that point, an early converted try by scrum
half Slater was followed by an Alan Awcock try for Newport. Davies added a
penalty for Cardiff. In the second half Cardiff extended their lead to 16-5 with
two further Davies penalties. A spurt of scoring from Newport with tries from
Awcock and Poole and a conversion from Gareth Wyatt (Wannell was taken off
injured) put the Black and Ambers in front in injury time. But a very late score
for Cardiff snatched the result away.
Mar 24 -
Newport competed the double over Ebbw vale with a 16-13 victory at rainy Eugene
Cross Park this evening. A Lewis Robling penalty sealed victory for the Black
and Ambers in a close fought match with their relegation threatened rivals.
Newport took the lead on 22 minutes after a successful Wannell penalty. Ebbw
struck back with a converted Powell try before Mike Poole put Newport in front
with a try just before half time. Ebbw were quickly in to their stride with a
James penalty to regain the lead 10-8. Alan Awcock scored on 54 minutes to give
Newport the lead before Ebbw's James levelled again on the hour. Lewis Robling's
successful penalty with just under ten minutes to go put Newport in front by
three and they held on for a win which may yet consign Ebbw Vale to the drop.
Mar 19 -
Newport's match with Pontypool at Pontypool Park was postponed this evening
after heavy rain this afternoon left the pitch waterlogged. Match re-arranged
for 14 April, kick off 7.15 pm.
Mar 13 - Injury
hit Newport scored an excellent win at Llandovery by 37-27. The Black and Ambers
held a narrow advantage (18-17) at half time but pulled away for a comfortable
win at Church Bank. Newport scored five tries (Coombs, Owen, Poole, Hughes and
Wyatt) to earn a winning bonus point. Three of the tries were converted by
Griffiths (1) and Wannell (2). The two number ten's also scored a penalty
AMBERS OUT OF CUP
Mar 7 -
Newport's failed in their last remaining opportunity for silverware with a 26-20
defeat against the Cornish Pirates in the British and Irish Cup. The previously
unbeaten Black and Ambers were starved of possession for much of the match but
fought bravely, defended superbly and scored three tries including a late Andrew
Coombes effort to secure a losing bonus point. After an early exchange of
penalties put the Pirates 6-3 up the home side added an unconverted try from Rob
Cook. Newport hit back strongly with a score from Mike Poole to make it 11-8.
The Cornish side scored a try from Nick Jackson and a penalty from Cook to
widen the margin to 21-8. With Newport down to 14 men it was Mike Poole who
snatched a try to make it 21-13. Blair Cowan stretched the Pirates lead to an
unassailable margin before the Newport skipper scored with the final move of the
match, try converted by Dan Griffiths. A fine end to an excellent campaign but
unfortunately not enough to progress to the semi-finals. The attendance in Cambourne was 3650.
Prior to the
match there was a celebration of the day of Cornish patron saint, St Pirian
including a 'Giant Pasty Parade' led by the Falmouth Marine Band.
the Pirates forum "Newport were a very good team, and defended superbly to keep
us out time and time again. When they attacked their backs looked skillful and
dangerous. Their No.7 had a blinder - lived on and over the offside line for the
whole game and got away with it. We did well to beat them and scored some
stunning tries in the process."
Mar 3 - Newport
hammered Premiership leaders Swansea at Rodney Parade by 43 points to 9 this
evening. The Black and Ambers were in excellent form despite the obvious
distraction of their B&I Cup game against the Cornish Pirates next weekend.
Winger Mike Poole scored a fine hat trick, tries were also added by Scott
Williams, Chris Wannell and Sam Waldron. Wannell added a penalty. Five of the
tries were converted as follows - Wannell 2, Awcock, Griffiths 2. Captain Andrew
Coombes was once again in outstanding form as he led Newport to their second big
win in five days.
Feb 27 -
Newport recovered smartly from last week's disappointment against Cardiff to
record a stunning win at Donnybrook against Leinster 'A'. The Black and Ambers
were victorious by 10 points to 6 and maintain their unbeaten record in the
British and Irish Cup.
Newport held a
3-0 advantage at half time from a Chris Wannell penalty. The home side failed to
capitalise on the sin-binning of Mike Poole for successive infringements. They
did, however, score a penalty through McFadden on 42 minutes. Leinster's
Devin Toner was sin-binned after 47 minutes, Newport by contrast took full
advantage with left Matthew Pewtner finishing a fine move, Wannell converted to
make it 10-3 after 52 minutes. McFadden scored a further penalty but Newport
held on for a fine victory. The Irish region travel to Scotland to play
pointless Gael Force on March 10 whereas Newport play the Cornish Pirates away
on March 7.
Pool A Table
TRY DENIES NEWPORT
Feb 20 - It was
a typical Newport-Cardiff match. 60 minutes of total Newport dominance and 20
minutes of Cardiff pressure producing a last gasp win for the Blue and Blacks in
this Swalec Cup tie at Rodney Parade. Newport were the better side for most of
the first half building a 10-0 lead including a well worked try for Adam Hughes.
They scored at the start of the second half as Wannell gathered a chip forward
to pass out wide and a couple of finger tip passes found Hughes on the wing to
score again. Newport were temporarily halted when reduced to 14 men following
the sin binning of Andrew Brown. Cardiff kicked a penalty but Newport once again
seized the advantage with a brilliantly finished try from Mike Poole. In the
last quarter it was Cardiff who found a second wind with their loose forwards
resurgent and their half backs dominant in fact both Tom Slater and Gareth
Davies scored fine tries as gaps opened in the tired Newport defence. In the
fourth minute of injury time a beautifully timed pass from Davies found Ryan
Howells who beat Gareth Wyatt on the outside to score. With no further time left
Cardiff once again snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against their old
FIXTURES FOR PORT
Weds 3rd March : Swansea (HOME) / Weds 23rd March : Ebbw Vale
(AWAY) / Weds 31st March : Cardiff (AWAY) / Tues 6th April : Glamorgan Wdrs
(HOME) /Tues 20th April : Camarthen Quins (AWAY)
AMBERS BREEZE PAST GAEL FORCE
Feb 13- Newport
maintained their unbeaten record in the British and Irish Cup with a highly
impressive 27-5 win over Gael Force, a Scottish side made up of international,
professional and up and coming players. Pity about the name, but we are used to
silly names at Newport too! For the most part Newport controlled this match, in
particular putting in an excellent first half performance and capturing the
bonus point try early in the second half. The tries came from Gareth Wyatt,
Richard Dale (2) and Ryan Owen. Dan Griffiths converted two and added a penalty.
Gael Force finished strongly but gained their only try from McKenzie after 51
minutes. Newport now face two away fixtures in Leinster and Cornwall that will
decide their fate in this competition. However, they can look back on a home
campaign that has seen them beat a Scottish regional side and the runaway
English Championship leaders. The only disappointment a draw against Plymouth in
monsoon conditions in late November. But whatever happens in the remaining
fixtures this has been an outstanding effort.
OFF RABBLE WITHOUT A CAUSE
Feb 6 - Cross
Keys tried to rabble rouse throughout this game, engaging in the kind of skull -duggery
and over vigorous play that is symptomatic of the village mentality. Their
coaches stood in a show of intimidation on the touchline way out of the
technical area and their officials shouted unsportingly from the stands. But
they did not intimidate anyone and went away lucky not to escape with more than
two yellow cards and a deficit of 45-19. Newport were their superiors in every
department of the game and played the only rugby on view. The misfortune for
Newport is that they have to play teams like the Keys who were not really
interested in playing rugby until a final flurry at the end of the match, when
bizarrely Newport were yellow carded on three occasions.
The Black and
Ambers made an emphatic start with a fine try for second row Alex Jones. This
was converted by Chris Wannell who added a penalty. Keys capitalised on a
defensive error by Craig Hill with Peebles stretching out to score a try
converted by David to reduce the deficit to 10-7. Wannell added a further three
penalties to stretch the advantage to 19-7. Adam Hughes picked up a try out
wide, converted by Wannell to make it 26-7. Just prior to half time Coombes,
Waldron and Mike Poole interpassed brilliantly along the touchline before Gethin
Robinson bulldozed his way over from five metres. Newport were good value for
their 33-7 lead and stretched by a further seven points with a fine break by
Gareth Wyatt and a blistering finish from Craig Hill from thirty metres out.
Richard Payne finished off another fine run from Wannell to make it 45-7. A
number of changes made it difficult for the Port to maintain their momentum and
Keys grabbed two late tries against depleted opposition to narrow the losing
Jan 30 -
Newport's televised match with Cardiff this evening was called off an hour
before the kick off this evening due to a frozen pitch. This is Newport's fifth
weekend without a fixture in the last seven and the weather is expected to
remain cold this week.
EFFORT SEALS FINE WIN
Jan 23 -
Newport turned around a one point half time deficit against Bedwas to emerge
24-6 victors at the Bridge Field this afternoon. Bedwas held the initial
advantage as two penalties from fly half Gethin Worgan cancelled out a 24th
minute try from Newport centre Adam Hughes. But Newport scored three further
tries in the second half through prop Dai Pattison, hooker Duane Goodfield and
on full time from Chris Wannell. Wannell converted Goodfield's try and his own.
The Black and Ambers earned a bonus point for their four try victory.
AMBERS FACE CARDIFF
Jan 20 - Newport will face Cardiff in round three of the
Swalec Cup. Both sides beat Division One East opponents last weekend and they
will face one another at Rodney Parade on Saturday, February 20.
COMFORTABLE WIN AFTER LONG LAY-OFF
Jan 17 - The
Black and Ambers comfortably disposed of Merthyr by 31 points to 6 in their
first competitive match since December. Newport were never in any danger and
scored tries through Waldron, Brown and Coombs.
SWITCHED TO SUNDAY
Jan 15 -
Newport's Welsh Cup fixture at Merthyr will now be played on Sunday with a kick
off of 2.30pm owing to the amount of surface water on the pitch. If played it
will be Newport's first match since December 12.
Jan 7 - Heavy
snow and ice has claimed Newport's latest match away to Carmarthen Quins.
Jan 2 -
Newport's home game against Glamorgan Wanderers has been called off due to a
frozen pitch after a heavy overnight frost. The Black and Ambers have not played
since December 12.
Dec 24 -
Newport's Boxing Day at Ebbw Vale has been called off. Blaenau Gwent Council has
declared that all its pitches will not be playable over the Christmas Weekend.
The Eugene Cross Park pitch is frozen and covered with snow. The Ebbw website
states "There were already four inches of snow lying on a pitch that has been
frozen for a week, and more heavy snow fell for several hours in Blaenau Gwent
on Wednesday afternoon. With no prospect of a thaw in sight, the match was
called off and will be rescheduled for later in the season."
AMBERS MATCH OFF
Dec 19 - As per
Newport Rugby's website "PITCH
INSPECTION MADE AT 9AM SAT DEC 19th BY MATCH REFEREE DAVID BODILLY - pitch
declared unfit - part frozen especially under Hazell Stand which was part
Dec 15 -
Newport travel to Merthyr in the second round of the Swalec Cup to be played on
AMBERS WIN BRUISING BATTLE
Dec 12 -
Newport beat Aberavon in an entertaining but bruising encounter at Rodney Parade
today. The Black and Ambers were considerably better than the Wizards but gifted
their opponents two first half tries and the final score line of 28-21 flattered
them. The opening score for Aberavon came from a charged down kick. Newport
stormed back with a Griffiths penalty followed by an excellent brace of tries
from Ryan Owen, the second a finely balanced piece of footwork along the
touchline following an excellent dummy and pass from Newport man of the match
Andrew Quick. Unfortunately, Newport allowed Aberavon through again as centre
Tossell evaded the weak defence to score.
capitalised on their numerical advantage early in the second half - a run from
sub Alan Awcock breached the Wizards defence with Quick piling over to grab the
touchdown. Newport maintained a ten point advantage for much of the second half
despite increasingly bad tempered exchanges between the forwards. Richard Dale
and Paul Williams were among four players yellow carded. Aberavon grabbed a late
penalty to salvage a bonus point.
The match was
marked by some very unprofessional conduct from the Wizards' coaches and some of
their players. The constant and open criticism of officials continued throughout
the match. Unfortunately, referee Huw Watkins allowed himself and his assistants
to be subjected to this without taking action against them.
BATTLE BUT IT IS NOT ENOUGH
Dec 5 - The
Black and Ambers were once again on the receiving end of a defeat against Neath
at the Gnoll today. Newport went down 21-13 having spent much of the game with
fourteen men having lost hooker Andrew Brown after ten minutes. He was
red-carded for punching. Despite the deficiency in numbers Newport held a 13-3
lead at half time with a try from Jones, converted by Dan Griffiths, who also
added two penalties. Neath put on significant pressure in the second half with
Thomas at the helm and despite valiant Newport defence forced their way in to a
16-13 lead. A late and desperate Newport counter attack led to a final Neath try
and the loss of a bonus point. Evans scored two tries for Neath, Thomas
converted one and added three penalties. Newport drop back from second to fourth
in the table following this result.
AMBERS DRAW WITH PLYMOUTH
Nov 27 - Newport had to settle for a draw
against English Championship side Plymouth Albion at a rain-soaked Rodney Parade
tonight in the British and Irish Cup. The terrible conditions led to few try
scoring chances. Although Newport started strongly Plymouth had the better of
the game particularly in the second half but demonstrated little creativity.
Newport struggled to win good lineout possession but had the edge in the scrum
and tight. Albion kicked more effectively than Newport turning the Black and
Ambers around on numerous occasions but they were unable to take advantage of
the territory gained. The only points were scored in the first 16 minutes with
fly-half Chris Wannell kicking a penalty for Newport and Kieran Hallett adding
one for Albion.
AMBERS FEND OFF CHIEFS
Nov 20 - In an
outstanding start to their campaign in the British and Irish Cup Newport pulled
off a superb 21-14 win over Exeter Chiefs. The English side are top of the
Championship and prior to tonight had won all eleven of their competitive
fixtures this season. Newport played some excellent and forceful rugby and
thoroughly deserved the victory against opponents comprising a mix of
professional and academy players. The home side saw four players sent to the sin
bin (Rosser, Pattison, Awcock and Waldron) while the Chiefs' former Newport lock
Sean Tomes also had a spell in the cooler. Chris Wannell opened the scoring with a
penalty before Gareth Wyatt scored the first of two first half tries, duly
converted by Wannell. The fly half added a further penalty before Wyatt scored
his second from a brilliant chip and chase to give Newport a virtually unassailable 18 point lead at the
interval. After the break Stubble scored a try for Exeter converted by Gray this
was offset by another penalty from Wannell. Exeter hit back strongly with a try
by Sestaret in injury time also converted by Gray to reduce the final losing margin to 21-14.
Newport defended brilliantly to hold on for a superb victory.
MAINTAIN HOME RECORD
Nov 14 -
Newport maintained their unbeaten home record with a 23-17 over Llanelli this
afternoon. The Black and Ambers overturned a one point half time deficit to
record another solid victory. Three tries for Newport came via a double from
prop Dai Pattison and one from Adam Frampton. One of the tries was converted by
Dan Griffiths, he added a penalty as did Chris Wannell. The win puts Newport
second in the Premiership table, a point adrift of Pontypridd. More details to
FOLLOWING FIERY CLASH WITH POOLER
Nov 14 -
Pontypool forward Neil Giles has been banned for seven matches following his
role in the violence that marred their clash with Newport. He was red-carded by
referee Leighton Hodges. Three of his team mates were also yellow carded in a
match the Eastern Valley side lost by 53-14. However, Giles has not been
disciplined for returning to the field and joining in further clashes later in
AMBERS BEAT THE OLD ENEMY
Nov 7 - Newport
failed to fire but had sufficient quality to outgun their oldest rivals at
Rodney Parade this afternoon by 23 points to 17. The Black and Ambers were
totally dominant at the start of the game as Cardiff smarting from last week's
home defeat to Pontypridd came out with all guns blazing. In fact their
indiscipline was reminiscent of Pooler initially. They lost a back row forwarded
for punching and former Newport hooker Gary Horrigan for kicking Nathan Williams
on the floor, the latter could have been a red. Newport took advantage of the
15-13 mismatch by scoring a neat Mike Poole try after an inside pass from Gareth
Wyatt. Wannell added a conversion and three penalties to give Newport a 16-6
half time lead. Cardiff dominated the second half and narrowed the advantage to
16-14 with a Garyl Davies penalty and a Ryan Howells try. Fortunately, the
latter stirred Newport from their slumbers they conjured up an excellent try
with their only attacking intent of the half. A surging run from Riley, deft
footwork from replacement 9 Kyle Barrett and good handling by the forwards led
to a Mike Leahman try crucially converted by Wannell for a 23-14 lead. Cardiff
hit back but seemed to run out of attackers time and again. In the end they
settled for a losing bonus point as Davies kicked a penalty with the final
action of the match.
Oct 31 -
Newport claimed a vital away win at bogey side Aberavon to resurrect their title
challenge this afternoon. The Black and Ambers were the dominant side for much
of the match but held only a narrow 6-3 lead at half time. They held on for a
27-20 victory despite a late fightback from the Wizards. Newport's tries came
from Poole, Coombes and Harries. Chris Wannell, playing at inside centre in
place of Scott Williams, scored two penalties. Dan Griffiths converted all three
tries. The Black and Ambers are sixth but are well placed to improve with four
home games in a row coming up, two of which are in the Welsh Premiership.
DENIED AT THE LAST
Oct 24 -
Newport were denied in the dying seconds of their clash with Pontypridd at
Sardis Road this afternoon. Having taken a 20-18 lead via a Shaun Connor effort
in injury time Newport conceded a penalty from an infringement in the tackle
area. Dean Gunter kicked the goal for Ponty to win the game 21-20.
Newport made a
very bright start leading 17-0 following tries from Gareth Wyatt and Andrew
Brown both converted by Chris Wannell who also added a penalty. Ponty slowed
dragged themselves back in to the game reducing the margin to 17-10 at half time
and having much of the game in the second half. The injured Wannell was replaced
by Shaun Connor at the break. Ponty stay top, Newport drop down to 7th, nine
AMBERS BATTER WITLESS POOLER
Oct 17 - Newport swept aside Pontypool at Rodney Parade this
afternoon by 53 points to 14 in a local derby marred by a number of brawls and
petty fights. The scored flatter the Eastern Valley side, Newport were a class
apart from Pooler who seemed more interested in settling matters with their
fists and with cheap shots. Niggle is a necessary part of derby rugby but
despite warnings from the referee Pontypool continued to infringe and in one
wholly embarrassing incident for their club a sent off player and members of the
coaching staff ran on to the field of play to join in! Newport should not let
the matter rest there and should ensure the incident is reported to the Welsh
Rugby Union. Pontypool's total lack of discipline and bullying behaviour was
more akin to parks rugby and should not be tolerated at this level of rugby.
This was especially disappointing given that there were a couple of hundred
vocal and good natured Pooler supporters on the Argus Terrace.
In fairness the officials dealt with matters appropriately.
The initial fight occurred just fifteen minutes into the first half with a
confrontation involving Mike Poole and a Pooler player which developed in to a
mass brawl. A Pooler prop ran in with arms flailing and kicking. The latter was
sent off, another Pooler player was carded as were Poole and Waldron.
A further fight broke out shortly afterwards. At this point
the red carded prop, Pooler coach Leighton Jones and other members of their
coaching staff ran on to the field of play to join in the melee. The referee
(Leighton Hodges) gave a general warning to the teams. Pontypool continued to
transgress and received two yellow cards for foul play, at one stage before half
time having only twelve players on the field!
Meanwhile, Newport were monopolising possession and running in
tries from all over the field. They were 32 points to nil up at half time and
increased their lead to 46 points early in the becalmed second half before
taking their foot off the pedal making a series of unsettling substitutions to
allow Pooler to score a couple of late tries in a mistake-riddled final quarter.
For Newport tries came from Awcock 2, Williams, Wannell, Williams, Wyatt
and Poole. Wannell scored two penalties. Six of the tries were converted - three
by Wannell and three by substitute Shaun Connor.
NEWPORT RECOVER TO BEAT DROVERS
October 10 - Newport recovered from being 18-3 down at half
time to beat Llandovery 27-18 at Rodney Parade this afternoon. Scott Williams
scored from close range early in the second half to set Newport on the comeback
trail. Chris Wannell had his conversion charged down but added three further
penalties. A loop move involving replacement outside half Dan Griffiths set Alan
Awcock free for Newport's second try, converted by Griffiths. The Black and
Ambers are struggling to put sides away and remain stuck in mid-table in the
Premiership with winless neighbours Pontypool scheduled to call next Saturday.
BLACK AND AMBERS HELP OUT THE NEIGHBOURS
October 3 - Cross Keys lifted their game, previously
non-existent this season, to beat Newport 20-8 at Pandy Park this afternoon.
Although Newport dominated possession and territory they showed little composure
missing several opportunities to score including three penalty kicks. Awcock
scoring the Black and Ambers only try, an out of sorts Dan Griffiths added a
penalty. Langdon and Andrews scored the tries for Keys.
NEWPORT OVERWHELM BEDWAS
September 26 - Newport produced a much improved display to
overwhelm lowly Bedwas 46-15 at Rodney Parade. Despite a burly pack Bedwas
offered little creativity. Newport were 20-10 up at half time but pulled away in
the second half playing some attractive rugby. The Black and Ambers scored seven
tries through Craig Hill, Andrew Coombs (2), Attwell, Wyatt, Gomer-Davies and a
penalty try. Dan Griffiths enjoying a more composed game at outside half scored
four conversions and a penalty. For Bedwas tries came from Sargeant and
Greenlade, with a penalty and conversion from Worgan. In a bright day for
Newport, Cardiff lost and Swansea drew, in addition Ebbw, Pontypool and Cross
Keys all lost heavily and with Bedwas occupy the bottom four places in the
BLACK AND AMBERS SEE OFF PONTY
September 22 - Newport beat Pontypridd 13-6 in a hard
fought Welsh Premiership battle at Rodney Parade this evening. The Black and
Ambers only try came from wing Gareth Wyatt in the first half. This was
converted by Shaun Connor who added a penalty in either half. Ponty scored two
secnd half penalties through Aaron Bramwell. Pontypridd are fresh from a 28-3
bonus point victory at struggling Ebbw Vale. Newport move up to fourth with
'regional' sides occupying four of the bottom five places in the division.
NEWPORT FAIL AGAIN
September 19 - Newport went down to their second defeat of
the season despite a second half rally at Glamorgan Wanderers. They narrowed the
margin of defeat to 25-19 with a Dan MacShane try, Shaun Connor conversion and
also four penalties from the fly half.
NEWPORT WIN BUT DISAPPOINT AGAIN
September 12 - Newport managed a much-needed win at home to
Ebbw Vale but once again the level of performance disappointed. The Black and
Ambers pack were bettered for most of the game by Ebbw, who were far quicker to
the breakdown. However, in a poor game made worse by the refereeing of Nigel
Whitehouse Newport eventually ran out 22-13 victors. Nick Wakley got all the
points for Ebbw, a converted try, drop goal and penalty. Newport's two tries
came from Alex Jones after a Scott Williams break and from Luke Hunter picking
up to score at the back of a ruck. Shaun Connor scored four penalties.
BLACK AND AMBERS HAMMERED
September 5 - Newport lost 38-6 to Swansea at St. Helen's
SOLID START FOR NEWPORT
Alex Jones battles to steal the ball off Quins in the
line out, Dafydd Rosser is at the front for Newport
|August 29 - Newport comfortably disposed of newly
promoted Carmarthen Quins in their opening Premiership game at Rodney
Parade this afternoon. The margin of victory (36-6) fully reflected the
Black and Ambers ability to take scoring opportunities and also the
superb quality of their defence.
Playing with the wind Newport started strongly and
built up a winning margin within the first fifteen minutes with tries
from Alex Jones and Dai Patterson (from a rolling maul - nice to see it
back). Dan Griffiths converted one and added three further penalties in
the half. Carmarthen offered little creativity but managed to kick a
penalty courtesy of Gareth Cull. Cull added another after half time. In
fact, Carmarthen had their best spell early in the second half but could
not find a way through the excellent Newport defence.
With centre Alex Hughes and flanker Craig Hill
prominent Newport finished strongly, Hughes grabbed a deserved try and
the best move of the match was finished in style by Gareth Wyatt to add
a bonus point. Griffiths also converted a try and scored another penalty
in a competent display at fly half.
NARROW DEFEAT AT PLYMOUTH
August 22 - Newport having controlled much of the match
were at the wrong of the referee's whistle at Plymouth going down by 19-17 in
their last pre-season outing before the start of the Welsh Premiership campaign.
Newport will have the opportunity for revenge when they face Plymouth with
neutral officials on November 28 in the British and Irish Cup!
BLACK AND AMBERS BEAT MOSELEY
August 15 - Newport beat Moseley at Rodney Parade this
afternoon by 25-23 in their latest pre-season friendly. The English Division 1
side proved difficult opposition. The Black and Ambers scored tries through
Poole, James and Wyatt.
NEWPORT RETAIN SEVENS TITLE BUT SUFFER SQUAD BLOW
August 10 - Newport retained their sevens title led by
specialist Craig Hill. They disposed of an established sevens combination, the
Welsh Wizards, by 20 points to 7 in the final at Rodney Parade. They have
suffered an immediate blow to their squad as centre Tom Riley has been drafted
in to the Dragons squad as they continue to suffer from a lack of strength in
their line up in this area. It has emerged that new Dragons signing Matthew J
Watkins is suffering from a hip injury. Riley's loss to the Newport squad may
only be temporary therefore.
Pool B 14-14 v Welsh Wizards, 31-15 v Newbridge, Quarter-Final 43-5 v
Caerphilly, Semi-Final 28-12 v Cross Keys, Final 20-7 v Welsh Wizards
BLACK AND AMBERS TOO STRONG FOR ROCK
August 1 - Newport beat Rod Snow's Canadian side
Newfoundland Rock 49-21 at Rodney Parade this afternoon. The Canadians provided
an excellent work out for Newport ahead of this season's busy schedule. Wing
Ryan Owen impressed with two tries.
Newport's fixture list for 2009/10 for the Premiership is
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SNOWY LEADS CANADIAN PROVINCIAL SIDE AGAINST NEWPORT