2006/2007 Principality Premiership
Newport 68 v 15 Llandovery
14 October 2006 - Rodney Parade, Newport

Match Report

Newport 68 Llandovery 15 (HT 28-10)

Newport bounced back in style from their St Helen’s defeat the previous week and romped home with 10 tries to go top of the Premier League. It was Newport’s second highest ever score in the Premier League and head coach Ian Hembrow said: "The players really responded to the areas that we identified we needed to improve in after last week. We were good in the lineout, the tackle area and eased ourselves into the scrum. We were very comfortable with the ball and they didn't worry us defensively. It was a great performance."

Llandovery opened the scoring with a 2nd min penalty from Simon Daniel but it was mainly one-way traffic after that. Centre Scott Williams crossed after a fine inside ball from No 10 James Dixon, and that was quickly followed by tries from scrum-half James Ireland, winger Ryan Howells and flanker Lewis Evans – Ireland and Evans from close range while Howells cut sharply through with a fine running line. No 8 Marc de Marigny responded with a hard earned try just before HT. The Newport backs enjoyed good possession from their pack and when the Drovers did have the ball they were quickly smothered by Newport's covering defence.

The pattern continued after the break with flanker Paul Williams, playing well after returning from injury, crossing after a good hand-off. Howells' second was a run-in after good work by Andrew Coombs. Within a minute Llandovery flanker Gareth Williams crossed after a detemined run. Then Newport scored four tries between 61-71 mins with Scott Williams getting his second with an arcing run, Dixon once again the provider, and Nathan Williams stretched out his arm to score after a fine run by Jason Tovey. Captain Dai Pattison was at the bottom of a forward drive by the forwards after he had elected to kick a penalty to the corner. Dixon completed the scoring with a 50yd try when he out-paced a tired looking Llandovery defence and he then kicked his 9th conversion – a Newport Premier League record - to finish with 23 points.

Official : Howard Hopkins (Wales)

Newport Llandovery