Cardiff’s run of no wins in the Premiership at Rodney Parade continued in the February sunshine.
Cardiff had the early pressure, Tom Williams nearly getting on the end of a loose pass, just knocking on as he went for the interception. From the resulting scrum though the Blue and Blacks were awarded a penalty that Scott Sneddon converted.
Newport though got the first try. A Cardiff backs move was intercepted by Ryan James on half way to score under the posts. Steve Taylor added the extras, and added a penalty to extend the lead two minutes later. Sneddon reduced the deficit with a short range penalty before Taylor and Sneddon exchanged penalties before the Blue and Blacks fourth penalty drew to within a point as the referee blew for half time.
Steve Taylor opened the half with an early penalty and then added a second penalty from straight in front. Taylor though was to be carried off mid way through the second half, but Naill Martin continued the theme with another Black and Amber penalty.
Cardiff’s fortunes seemed to have turned when Sam Waldron was carded for a late tackle; Shaun Powell was put in by a great overhead pass from Jake Henry. But Newport scored a try of their own when a Cardiff move broke down. A burst down the blind side saw Elliot Frewen score, Martin converted to restore the ten point lead before the fight broke out.
The result was two red cards, one for Matthew John, the other for former Cardiff player Daffydd Rosser. Newport scored their third try as Hallam Amos scooted in under the posts, Martin added the conversion. From there Newport controlled the ball to complete the double over Cardiff.