Newport and Cardiff renewed old hostilities in the sun at a redeveloping Rodney Parade.
In an open first half both sides wanted to play and with the ball whizzing around the field in looked as if we were in for a high scoring game.
The Blue & Blacks scored first, Scott Sneddon landing a penalty, bfore Harry Robinson nearly got on the end of a speculative kick through by Joe Griffin. Robinson did get on the score sheet shortly after when Shaun Powell broke the defence to link up with the young wing. Sneddon added the extras.
The Black & Ambers got their first score virtually from the kick off. Cardiff failed to secure the ball at a ruck and James Leadbetter scooped up the loose ball to go over untouched. Gareth Bowen added the extras and then brought the scores level with a short range penalty.
Cardiff got back in front when Newport’s next attack was worked wide, James Loxton latched on to a loose pass to run it back form just outside his twenty two, but just before halftime Newport pinched the lead back, Leadbetter getting his second, Bowen added the conversion for a two point advantage.
The second half was as full of drama as the first. Cardiff’s pace behind was causing Newport lots of problems, but the Black & Ambers pack were on top upfront. Ten minutes in and the forwards erupted into a bout of handbags that saw one from each side sent for ten minutes rest.
Cardiff grabbed back the lead during the fourteen a-side period, Sneddon landing two penalties. But the home side scored the curtail try ten minutes from time when Rhodri Gomer-Davies found some space in the defence. Bowen converted.
Replacement fly-half Roblin added another penalty to extend the Newport lead with a few minutes left, but Cardiff should have won it at the death. Several chances were spurned near the home line and when the last of them gave the Black and Ambers turn-over ball they happily smashed it into row Z to leave Cardiff thinking about what might have been.