Cardiff came away from Rodney Parade with a victory that keeps them in the hunt for a top three finish.
In glorious sunshine James Goode marking his 100th appearance for Cardiff Rugby led the side out, and the start was as bright as the sun. Within two minutes the Blue & Blacks had worked their way downfield. After several phases Jack Phillips, marking his club cap appearance worked some space and put Ellis Wyn Benham over.
Shortly after the visitors were banging on the Black & Ambers line again, this time tough they were penalised as the ball was being dotted down. That seemed to fire the home side. The next quarter of the game was played in the Cardiff half. Geriant O’Driscoll opened the home side’s account with a penalty before they took the lead. Following a series of penalties Newport had worked their way down to the line. Several picks and drives later and Barney Nightingale went over for a try went unconverted, O’Driscoll though was on target with a penalty that sent the home side in 11-5 up at half time.
The first period of the second half was more of the same. Despite being bottom of the league Newport were determined to put one over on their old enemy. But it was Cardiff who scored next Dean Gunter landed a penalty before Ellis Wyn Benham scooted in for his second try, Gunter added the extras to put Cardiff back in front. But the game swung back the home side’s way when after three scrum penalties on the Blue & Black line Adam Frampton went over. The try being awarded despite a hint of a knock on.
With ten minutes to play the Black and Ambers were determined to hold off the Blue & Blacks but Will Rees Hole was to have a huge say in the dying minutes. His downfield clearance kick was touched in flight that set Cardiff up with an attacking position. The ball was worked form one side to the other before Rees Hole was left on his own to score in the corner. That gave Cardiff a slender lead and a nervy last few minutes. But the Blue & Blacks went looking for the bonus point try. That didn’t come but a smartly taken dropped goal from Dan Fish with two minutes left settled the nerves and send Cardiff home down the M4 with a 23-16 win.