2016/2017 Principality Premiership
Newport 17 v 8 Cardiff
25 February 2017 - Rodney Parade, Newport

Match Report

Newport 17 Cardiff 8

Cardiff came away with nothing from Rodney Parade with nothing in an early kick off in Tier two of the Premiership.

But it could have and should have been a whole lot better. The first twenty minutes of the first half saw the Blue & Blacks dominate the ball and territory. But six turnovers in the Newport half of the field meant that even though they had those stats they had nothing where it mattered – on the scoreboard. Every time Cardiff went anywhere near the Newport twenty-two the ball was lost and the home side were able to clear. Not to take anything away from the Black & Ambers, they competed and hassled the Cardiff side into making mistakes. The only Cardiff score of the half came from a penalty by Jarrod Evans midway through what was to be a poor first half.

Newport were equally as guilty when it came to mistakes. They had two opportunities though in the half and took them both. The first visit to the Cardiff twenty-two yielded a try for prop Garin Harris, that was converted by Geraint O’Driscoll, and it was O’Driscoll that gave the home side a 10-3 half time advantage with a penalty on the whistle.

The second half didn’t get much better as persistent drizzle made the ball like a bar of soap. That didn’t help the Blue & Blacks inability to control the ball and they continued to make mistakes that allowed Newport field advantage which they capitalised on. The opened up a two score advantage when Rhys Jenkins scored the second try of the game late in the second half. O’Driscoll added the extras. Cardiff tried everything to get back into the game in the last few minutes. Harri Millard made a great break after good work by Evans, but there was no support and the final pass went astray. Cardiff did get a consolation score with the last play of the game, Will Rees Hole crossing in the corner, but Evans couldn’t convert and the Blue & Blacks dropped to the bottom of the table. Next up is a home game against Llanelli in three weeks time.

Attendance: 526

Official : Adam Jones (Wales)

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