2015/2016 Principality Premiership
Cardiff 36 v 28 Newport
31 October 2015 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Match Report

Cardiff 36 Newport 28

Cardiff ran in four second half tries to defeat Newport but not before they were given a huge scare on Halloween by the visitors.

The Black and Ambers were first on the scoreboard but only after a first quarter were both sides were trying to gain an advantage. Following several penalties the visitors sent the ball into the corner and from the lineout Sam Cross went over. Former Cardiff Arms Park ball boy Arwel Robson added the conversion. Cardiff responded when a smart break by Chris Williams was followed up by Will Rees Hole, the centre holding off the challenge to score. Chris Williams was on target with the extras.

Then the ten minute horror show began as Cardiff seemed to hit the self-district button. Camped deep in the Newport twenty two a simple pass would have put any one of four players over, but Robson picked off the pass to race to the other end to score. Two minutes later it got worse as another mix up saw Andrew King cross. Robson converted his own try to send the Black & Ambers in 22-8 ahead.

As bad as the last ten minutes of the first half were the next ten minutes were the complete opposite and then some. Whatever was said in the changing rooms was put into action as First Will Rees Hole grabbed his second of the game almost straights was Newport from the kick off. This time it was Newport who seemed bewitched. Rees Hole latched onto a chip through and beat the static defenders. Williams was again on target with the conversion. A minute later and a couple of penalties later Cardiff were over again. Having tried the up the jumper route a few time the ball was spun wider. Ellis Wyn Benham stood up both centres before popping the ball to Marc Breeze to score.

The bonus point try was soon recorded again Rees Hole was heavily involved but it was his centre partner Luke Ford who scored under the posts, Williams added the conversion. The Blue & Blacks had saved their best try though for last. Turn over ball was whipped through hands to Wyn Benham who this time twisted and turned his opposite number inside out before beating him all end up on the outside. As the last defenders closed in he slipped the ball to James Loxton. He cut inside fed Rees Hole who found Tom Slater on his shoulder to score. Ford added two more points before Cross got the Black & Ambers to within one score. That set up a thriller of a finish but Cardiff's defence turned the ball over close to the line to kill off the Newport onslaught.

Official : Craig Evans (Wales)

Cardiff Newport