MASSIVE BLOW FOR BLACK AND AMBERS
July 13 - Newport's new season plans are in disarray
following news that the signing of fly half Dai Flanagan has fallen through.
Flanagan has elected to join the Scarlets Academy as a coach.
NEWPORT B&I FIXTURE
face Bedwas in the British and Irish Cup first round qualifier at the Bridge
Field in August (date not set). They won there 17-10 in their League
encounter on December 21.
FLANAGAN SIGNS FOR PORT
- Pontypridd fly-half Dai Flanagan heads up a quartet of new Newport
recruits. The 28-year-old will head to
the Black and Ambers from double-chasing Pontypridd and the club have also
snapped up a pair of Ospreys and Bridgend backs in centre Nathan Edwards and
full-back Jamie Murphy while back row forward Sam Feehan arrives from
Cardiff. Prop Gethin Robinson has left Newport after 13 seasons to join Ebbw
POOR SEASON ENDS ON DISMAL NOTE
Apr 26 -
Newport concluded a dreadful season by losing to fourth placed Llandovery
heavily at Rodney Parade. The exertions midweek against Pontypridd may have
been a factor but Newport were always playing catch up against an attacking
Drovers team who scored seven tries on their way to 44-27 victory. Swansea
were relegated. Tries James, Franchi,
Hewitt. Penalties - O'Driscoll (2)
Conversions - O'Driscoll (3)
NEWPORT BEAT CHAMPIONS
- Newport were far too strong for Pontypridd at Rodney Parade last night.
The score-line flattered the visitors but they did pick up their effort in
the final quarter with two tries. The visitors were under-strength but
Newport also fielded several junior players but the two teams still managed
to serve up an entertaining spectacle. Ashton Hewitt was the pick of
Newport's backs scoring one fine try from an electrifying burst of speed
forty metres and missed several tackles out from the Ponty line.
Newport scored four tries - Hewitt (2) Pattison and Broad,
Ponty picked up three - Smith, Hetherington, Williams. O'Driscoll scored
three penalties and three conversions for the Port.
KEYS LATE TRY EDGES OUT NEWPORT AGAIN
Apr 18 - In a contest where the lead changed hands regularly
Cross Keys edged out Newport 33-29 at Pandy Park. Newport held a slight
29-26 advantage with eight minutes to play but were denied by a late
KEYS EDGE PORT IN POOR DERBY
Apr 1 - Newport were beaten 10-9 by Cross Keys at Rodney Parade in a poor
derby match tonight. Keys' slight edge at forward was sufficient to divide
the two sides. Newport scored through three O'Driscoll penalties, two
in the first half. Keys got all their points in the second half from a
converted penalty try and an O'Brien penalty.
NEWPORT DENIED BY LLANELLI TRY
Mar 29 - A late try by Llanelli denied Newport a deserved
victory at Parc y Scarlets. The score in the 84 minute by Griffiths was
converted by Walters to tie the scores at 22 apiece. Newport scored three
tries via O'Driscoll, Morgan and James. Newport recovered a 15-10 deficit to
look certain winners only to be denied at the death.
WHITES HALT NEWPORT PROGRESS
Mar 22 - Newport's recent improvement was brought to a shuddering halt by
lowly Swansea at the St. Helen's ground on Saturday. Playing with the wind
in the first half Newport failed to take full advantage and were 7-3 up
through an Attwell try. Swansea came back strongly with two tries from
Dudley-Jones and Williams running out 24-10 winners.
QUINS DESPATCHED BY IMPROVING PORT
Mar 13 - Newport made it three out of three with an
impressive 25-21 win at Carmarthen. The Black and Ambers over tuned a 21-10
deficit to run out deserved winners. An early O'Driscoll penalty gave them
the lead before Quins hit back with a converted try. A try from Franchi was
converted by O'Driscoll before Waters was binned and Quins stretched their
half time lead to 14-10. This was further extended by a converted Ellis
Lloyd try. Newport hit back with a penalty try and a further penalty from
O'Driscoll. Late on they snatched victory with a Craig Attwell try in the
NEWPORT COMPLETE DOUBLE OVER NEATH
||Mar 8 - On a beautiful March day
Newport dominated Neath winning 20-3 in the Welsh Premiership to
complete a rare double. An early O'Driscoll penalty was followed by
a scintillating break and try from Owen Broad. O'Driscoll converted
and added another penalty. The Black and Ambers should have extended
their lead as a series of scrum penalties left Neath's prop yellow
carded. But Neath cleared the danger. In a scrappy second half
Newport produced one superb move finished brilliantly by Broad and
converted by O'Driscoll.
BLACK AND AMBERS IN BIG WIN
Mar 1 - Newport produced one of the best displays of the season to beat
Bridgend 46-24 at the Brewery Field. The result means they move ahead of the
Ravens up to eighth place. The Black and Ambers scored six tries and led
24-7 at half time. They allowed Bridgend to score a fourth try late in the
game to secure a bonus point themselves. Tries came from Waters, O'Driscoll
(2), Beach, Broad and Morgan, with five converted by O'Driscoll who also
added two penalties.
Feb 23 - A valiant
effort by Newport in their re-arranged Cup fixture saw them taken apart by a
late Ponty rally at Sardis Road. The home side ran out comfortable winners
by 34 points to 10.
THE ELEMENTS WIN AT RP
Feb 4 -
Newport and Aberavon battled one another and the elements at a stormy Rodney
Parade this evening in front of a small, brave crowd. Following a kick off
delay of fifteen minutes Newport took a lead in to half time via two
O'Driscoll penalties. They turned around to face the elements and conceded
an early second half try and penalty. With seven minutes to go Newport went
ahead with a penalty before Aberavon stole a 11-9 winning lead with a late
penalty of their own. Newport stay 8th, the Wizards move up to 9th in the
This was Newport's first match since December 21. Their
last home victory was on November 2!
ABERAVON FIXTURE SWITCH
- Newport's game with Aberavon could
not be played on the afternoon of Saturday 8th Feb because WRU rules say the
Port cannot play at the same time as a Wales International fixture.
Aberavon RFC have kindly agreed to Newport's request to bring this game
forward to Tuesday 4th February 2014. Kick Off : 7:15. Newport play a
friendly on 28th January at Blackwood on 28th January Kick Off: 7.15.
BONYMAEN CRY OFF
Jan 13 -
Having forced Newport playing away from Rodney Parade (subsequently
postponed by Caerphilly Council) Bonymaen have now cried off from the
re-arranged fixture due to be played tomorrow night. It means Newport have a
bye through to meet Pontypridd away in the next round.
CUP GAME CALLED OFF
Jan 5 -
The Cup match with Bonymaen due to be played at Welfare Ground, Newbridge
was cancelled om Friday. The decision regarding the ground was made by
Caerphilly Council. Under the rules of the tournament the match now has to
be replayed within 10 days i.e. on or before Jan 14th 2014. Newport's
intention is to play it on January 14th at Rodney Parade.
DERBY FALLS VICTIM TO WEATHER
Dec 28 - Newport's fixture with Cross Keys was called off due to a
waterlogged pitch at Rodney Parade.
NEWPORT BETTER OFF AWAY
- Newport's topsy-turvy season took a turn for the better as they beat
Bedwas at the Bridge Field 17-10. The Black and Ambers recovered from a 10-6
deficit to win the game and reverse the result two weeks ago at Rodney
Parade. Craig Attwell got a second half try and Geraint O'Driscoll scored
Newport's home Cup fixture against Bonymaen on
January 4 will be played at Newbridge's Welfare Ground. (Comment -
lets hope it is rained off)
ANOTHER PAINFUL DEFEAT
- Backs coach John Bryant may have departed but there was no change on the
field as Newport lost to Cardiff by 21-11 at Rodney Parade. Cardiff
over-turned their defeat at home to the Black and Ambers, they were the
stronger side with tries from Thomas, Hamilton and Lewis. Rory Budina scored
a late try for Newport.
||BEDWAS EXPOSE NEWPORT'S WEAKNESSES
Dec 7 - Bedwas exposed Newport's frailties at the
scrummage to post a big win at Rodney Parade. The small but hardy
band of Black and Ambers fans saw Newport take the lead through a
good Elliot Frewen try.
Bedwas closed the gap from a succession of set
piece penalties mostly conceded at scrum by prop Gethin Robinson.
Hiss namesake Dan skirted through for a try early in the second to
give Newport renewed hope. But they fell apart as Bedwas finished
strongly with tries by Thomas, Lewis and Evans, two converted by
14 MAN NEWPORT IN FINE AWAY WIN
Nov 30 - Newport lost lock Adam Brown after 32 minutes for a
second yellow card offence but still ran out winners after a fine display at
the Gnoll. Neath wracked up three unconverted tries as Newport were reduced
to 14 or 13 men at various times (Gethin Robinson was also carded). But 15-6
adrift they put in a storming second half effort to claw their way back with
a brace from Elliot Frewen and a fine individual score from Ethan Davies to
run out 26-15 victors.
NEWPORT FLATTER TO DECEIVE
23 - Newport conceded a late penalty to go down 23-21 to League leaders
Carmarthen Quins. The match was a scrappy but entertaining affair where
Newport ran out of steam after an impressive start. Newport cut loose
scoring good tries through centre Franchi and winger Frewen. Two Carmarthen
tries brought the away side back in front before a succession of penalties
from O'Driscoll gave Newport a 21-13 lead six minutes in to the second half.
The away side dominated the latter stages adding a converted try and penalty
to sneak the game. Att - 500.
WELCOME VICTORY FOR NEWPORT
Nov 3 - Newport gained an important victory in their battle to avoid
relegation comfortably disposing of Bridgend by 28 points to 13 at Rodney
Parade. Ethan Davies opened the scoring with a fine long distance try. Other
tries were added by Andrew Brown and man of the match Lee Beach. The
tireless Ashton Hewitt got a late bonus point try to catapult them up the
table. Att - 1095 Scorers: tries –
Ethan Davies, A Brown, L Beach, A Hewitt; conversion – G O'Driscoll;
penalties – G O'Driscoll (2)
||NEWPORT HONOURS THE TEAM OF 1963
Newport has finally honoured the team that beat the
All Blacks 3-0 on 30th October 1963. The City Council made them
freemen of the City yesterday at a special dinner at Rodney Parade.
The article on the left is a small part of a thorough review of the
game and the tour by Richard Evans in his book 'Whineray's All
To put the win in perspective it was only New
Zealand's seventh defeat in 122 matches played since 1905. Their
playing record on the tour was played 34 won 32 drew 1 lost 1 points
for 568 and against 153. They drew 0-0 with Scotland. In Wales -
played Newport lost 0-3, Aberavon-Neath won 11-6, Abertillery-Ebbw
Vale won 13-0, Cardiff won 6-5, Pontypool-Cross Keys won 11-0,
Swansea won 16-9, Wales won 6-0, Llanelli won 22-8, Barbarians 36-3.
SHAMEFUL DEFEAT AT LLANDOVERY
Oct 26 - In the week that Newport commemorates the 50th anniversary of the
greatest club win by a Welsh side the present-day Black and Ambers posted a
record defeat at Llandovery. The score line of 48-14 reflects a second half
dominated by the Drovers. Newport have won only one of their six matches
this season, following last year's dreadful performance in the Welsh
Premiership. Their scores came from hooker Rogers (1 try) and full back
O'Driscoll (three penalties).
Comment - Newport RFC is not a hobby for Will
Godfrey etc.. Despite its
current lowly status it is a great sporting institution. It has many loyal
followers and many who believe it should still be the professional rugby
side representing this area. The current results are not acceptable and
ultimately those coaching the side have to take full responsibility for
NEWPORT GO DOWN AT CARDIFF AFTER HOME WIN
Oct 12 - Newport's disastrous start to the season continued
at Cardiff where they went down 32-17 on the synthetic pitch. The defeat
followed their fine win six try 52-28 at home against Swansea. They are 9th
out of 12 two points off the bottom of the League.
NEWPORT THROW IT AWAY
Sep 21 -
Newport threw away several opportunities to win before handing victory to
Llanelli at Rodney Parade as their depressing early run continued. An
interception try in the closing minutes by Steffan Evans sealed victory for
the mini Scarlets. Sven Cronk, still there at the helm, despite the
appalling downward spiral of the team stated "“It
just comes down to keeping our concentration levels up for the whole 80 mins,
whether we tried to force it a
bit too much or took the wrong option today, I feel these aspects can be
worked on if we are going to have a good season."
Scorers: Tries – Tyler
Morgan 25 mins, Penalty Try 75; Conversions – Ethan Davies 25, Matt O’Brien
75; Penalties – Ethan Davies 13, Matt O’Brien 69
ABERAVON DISPOSE OF PORT
Sep 14 - Aberavon easily disposed of Newport 21-7 in their
opening League fixture. Sam Waldron got a first half try, converted by
Geraint O'Driscoll. Andrew Brown was binned after 40 minutes.
||DREADFUL START FOR BLACK AND AMBERS
Heavy defeat and three players injured
Aug 31 - Newport made the worst possible start to
the season in the manner of their defeat to Cross Keys at Pandy Park
by 39 points to 17. The Black and Ambers were fitful and
disorganised and for much of the game were out-muscled and bullied
by their better prepared opponents. The match was a huge
disappointment to the large number of Newport fans who made the trip
up the Western Valley.
Newport were down 16-6 at half time. Ethan Davies
at outside half kicked two penalties but Keys were dominant, Reuben
Tucker bustling over for a try. Newport lost Dan Robinson, Oliver
James and Josh Skinner (pictured left on stretcher) to injury.
Briefly Newport closed the gap to 22-17 following
an fine Ashton Hewitt try. But a grandstand finish from Keys with
tries in injury time from Williams and Lampard gave them the win
they deserved. The final play off match with Bedwas takes place next
NEWPORT PREPARE FOR CRUCIAL CROSS KEYS FIXTURE
Aug 26 - Newport prepare for two crucial play-offs as they
bid to enter the British and Irish Cup at the expenses of local rivals,
Cross Keys and Bedwas. First they have to get past Keys next Saturday at
Pandy Park (ko 2.30pm), if successful they face Bedwas away on September 7.
It has been agreed with Cardiff RFC to postpone both home
and away games and they will be rearranged for a Saturday for each when the
outcome of BIC qualifiers is known. The home match versus Cross Keys will
now be on Saturday December 28th 2013 at Rodney Parade. The away match with
Pontypridd match will be now be televised on S4C.
Back row Lee Beach will be this season’s
Newport RFC’s captain. The Black and Ambers have also signed centre Dom
Franchi, full-back Ed Doe and tighthead prop James Monck to bolster their
RODNEY PARADE WORK COMPLETE
||The Rodney Parade surface has had its facelift
with a state-of-the-art drainage system and new playing surface in
readiness for the new season. The playing surface was completely
stripped and the digging of holes and
gullies were made to install hundreds of yards of piping and tones
of gravel slits and sand banks to drain water to the main drain
output.Now the surface has been totally levelled and reseeded, a new
irrigation system installed which also includes 16 outfield pop-up
sprinklers and 8 infield sprinklers to help the ground staff, if and
when they need a supply of water. The project is a joint venture
between both the football and rugby clubs at a total cost of
£110,000 in which County has been successful in applying for
a Football Foundation grant for its share.