The visitors deserved their 14-7 HT lead with lock Gavin Ronan winning good line-out ball which was well used by promising outside-half James Dixon who scored all his team's points through a 22nd min try and a hat-trick of penalties. Newport had opened the scoring through a smart 10th min try by centre Richard Payne which Aled Thomas converted. Then, after a shaky first-half display he kicked a hat-trick of penalties to put Newport 16-14 ahead and also converted a 77th min bulldozing touchdown from hard-working flanker Sam Waldron. Maesteg had given Pontypool a tough battle on their own ground a week earlier but didn't help their cause when prop Hywel Davies was sin-binned for an offence at a ruck five mins after the restart. This was just the opportunity Veater and his forwards wanted to assert their authority up front. Thomas then closed the gap by kicking two of his three penalties and Newport were well on the road to victory.