2006/2007 Principality Premiership
Pontypridd 14 v 22 Newport
21 October 2006 - Sardis Road, Pontypridd

Match Report

Pontypridd 14 Newport 22 (HT 5-7)

Newport came back from 14-7 down with 15-pts in the final quarter to defeat a determined Pontypridd and remain top of the Premier League ahead of Neath and Ebbw Vale. Coach Ian Hembrow said "It brings its added pressures and I have told the boys that. We are top of the table and people will want to claim our scalp. We now have to get that little bit more aggression, intelligence and composure to make sure we stay where we are."

Newport had a dream start after impressive prop Gethin Robinson powered over in the opening minute after good build-up work by right-wing Ryan Howells. James Dixon added the conversion but that was Newport's last score for 70 mins as Pontypridd took control. A try from wing Chris Clayton and a penalty from full-back Jason Pocock gave Pontypridd a 7-pt lead and to make matters worse Newport flanker Craig Hill was sin-binned for a punch 15 mins into the second half. Pontypridd suffered a blow when impressive lock Damian Welch left the field injured. Newport’s powerful pack took control in the final quarter and the pressure resulted in tries for centre Jason Tovey and wing Nathan Williams – after a fine grubber kick from Dixon right on time. Dixon kicked a penalty and converted Williams’ try.

Official : Huw David (Wales)

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