2012/2013 Principality Premiership
Newport 6 v 6 Cardiff
21 December 2012 - Rodney Parade, Newport

Match Report

Newport 6 - Cardiff 6

The wait for a Premiership win at Rodney Parade goes on for Cardiff following the second draw against Newport.


With rain forecast and football being played on Saturday the fixture was moved forward one day and a healthy crowd turned up to see the 416th game between these two famous clubs. With the ground wet and the ball like a bar of soap those who came along we disappointed with the on field action.


The Black and Ambers had the better of the opening minutes with several rumbles up the middle of the park proving fruitful, but excellent defence combined with poor handling resulted in no change on the scoreboard. The first points of the game came through the boot of former Blue & Black Scott Sneddon who landed a simple penalty after 10 minutes


Cardiff fought back and were unlucky not to get on the scoreboard when Richard Smith escaped a tackle to offload the ball. Aaron Fowler, marking his 20th appearance this season was on hand to head for the line from 25 metres out only to be called back for a forward pass. The Blue & Black did level the score just before the end of the first quarter when Will Thomas landed a neat drop goal.


From there it was plenty of endeavour but not resulting score for either side until just before half time, Thomas again the scorer as the visitors headed for the changing rooms 6-3 up.


The second half was a complete let down as far as attacking action was concerned, but to their credit the defensive coaching staff will be happy. Richard Hodges charges defended superbly, Ellis Jenkins ad Richard Smith to the fore in keeping the home side at bay.


Thomas had two chances to extend the Blue & Black lead with penalties, but both were pushed wide. He wasn’t alone as Sneddon also missed with two easier attempts, he was though on target with is third. That was it as far as the scoreboard was concerned as the referee blew shortly after for no side.

Attendance: 1314

Official : Jon Mason (Wales)

Newport Cardiff