Cardiff secured a record win against their old enemy in the Premiership at the Arms Park as they ran riot with nine tries.
The record scoring was started as early as the first minute. From the kick off Cardiff won the ball and Richard Smith worked Dan Fish clear. He was able to link with captain Shaun Powell who made the extra metres to score, Gareth Davies added the extras.
Cardiff’s quick start stunned Newport and with the Blue & Black back row all over the opposition it was no surprise when the Black & Ambers conceded a penalty on the floor. Davies stepped up to slot the penalty and take him over the 900 career point mark for Cardiff.
A penalty at the restart allowed Dan Fish to pump the ball into the corner and when the lineout was dragged down, Rob Lewis spotted a gap down the blindside to cross unopposed, Davies again added the conversion.
Cardiff were now in full flow. A series of penalties allowed Cardiff to work their way down the field and set up a series of short range rucks. From the last one James Murphy was able to crash over. A minute later and Cardiff had the bonus point in the bag, Smith and Davies combined to put Fish over, Davies’ unerring boot adding two more points from wide out.
Former Blue & Black Scott Sneddon landed a simple penalty to get Newport on the board but from the restart the ball landed in Richard Smith’s hands. The Wales 7s international spotted a gap on half way and ghosted through the hole and outpaced the defence to score.
The second half started with Newport having their best period, it only lasted very briefly, replacement Will Hodnett scored a try that Sneddon converted, before Cardiff took complete control. Macauley Cook galloped over after a fantastic break by Thomas Young, Rob Lewis scored his second again after great work by the back row. In the scrum the front five were completely dominant. Scott Andrews putting in some big tackles all over the park as well as his work in the set piece.
Cardiff’s seventh try was scored by the outstanding Rob Copeland. He lead by example from No.8 charging forward when given the chance and showing deft hands in offloading. In defence he tackled any Newport player that came within reach and was responsible for a fair number of ruck turnovers. It was from one of these turnovers that he picked up the ball from 30 metres out and was able to stretch his legs to score.
Macauley Cook rounded off the Cardiff scoring with his second before Newport got a let consolation try by Elliot Frewen. It would have been little consolation though as the Black & Ambers were outplayed in every area of the game. A record win and a record margin of victory will take the Blue & Blacks into next week’s game in good heart.