2006/2007 Principality Premiership
Newport 29 v 11 Bridgend
23 September 2006 - Rodney Parade, Newport
Bridgend Ravens

Match Report

Newport 29 (20) Bridgend 11 (6)

Newport gained at thoroughly deserved win to move them up to second in the Premiership table. They were in complete control for the first hour and the score would have been even more but for a final quarter of substitutions and the whistle of referee Gwyn Morris. It was a super first-half performance from Newport with flanker Craig Hill and full back Jason Tovey crossing for well executed and deserved tries. Dan Griffiths put Newport into a 6-3 lead after Roger Davies had opened the Bridgend scoring with a penalty after just one min, but then Craig Hill finished off a move that had started inside the Newport 22. Tovey decided to run a mark and released winger Ryan Howells and when his elusive run ended on the halfway centre Nathan Williams took over breaking some weak tackles before giving the perfect pass to Hill, who showed his pace to run in from 20m. Griffiths converted but was then replaced by James Dixon after a left leg injury. Bridgend outside half got the score back to 13-6, but Newport with scrum-half Matt Thomas, yellow-carded for his part in a 20th-min scuffle, scored their second try on 28 mins. Craig Hill made a fine break and from quick second-phase ball centre Scott Williams chipped over the Bridgend defence for Tovey to pick up and score.There were no more Newport tries but James Dixon kept the score moving with two penalties and a drop goal as Newport produced a clinical performance. The Ravens had a good share of possession in the last quarter but only managed an injury time touchdown from Roger Davies.

Official : Gwyn Morris (Wales)

Newport Bridgend