Bedwas paid the penalty for indiscipline at the Bridge Field on Saturday. They led 9-3 at HT due to 3 penalties by full back Shaun Thomas, and had two more rebound off the upright. But in the 2nd half they had three yellow cards and had to play with 14 men for 25 mins and 13 for a further five. It was during this time that they conceded three tries and 24 unanswered points.
"Before half-time we weren't close to achieving what we set out to achieve. Bedwas were full of energy, destroyed everything we attempted and though we didn't panic we were not as composed as we should have been," said Newport head coach Ian Hembrow. "But we stuck to our game, got a bit more parity in the scrums in the second half and managed to create some pressure, which had the desired effect. However, we have to go to places like Bedwas and send out a signal of intent early doors and not get dragged into a dogfight."
Bedwas hooker Peter Harrison broke his ankle and caused a 10-min stoppage just two mins after No 8 Ceri Jones had been sin-binned for dragging down a maul. Straight from the restart scrum Newport No 8 Andrew Coombes burst away and set up a 48th-min ruck for Newport to spin the ball wide for right wing Ryan Howells to score with outside-half James Dixon converting. Five mins later Bedwas outside-half and captain John Welch got yellow for killing the ball and then fighting. It was outstanding Newport lock Matthew Veater who took the lineout ball and drove forward before releasing for Howells to pop up in the middle and crash over under the posts. Dixon's conversion made it 17-9. A minute after going on as a replacement for Neil Watkins, Bedwas lock Adam Brown was sin-binned for entering a ruck from the side and grappling with Newport scrum-half James Ireland. Dixon kicked the resultant penalty and nine mins later Ireland got over from close range for Dixon again to add the points. Newport had dominated the 2nd half but injury hit Bedwas with 5 debutants contributed to their own downfall.