2007/2008 Principality Premiership
Llanelli 10 v 17 Newport
19 April 2008 - Stradey Park, Llanelli

Match Report

Llanelli 10 Newport 17 (HT: 3-14)

Newport consigned Llanelli to their 6th consecutive Welsh Premiership defeat and their 3rd home defeat on the trot. Llanelli tried to keep the game tight playing into the strong wind but after a short while Newport dominated territorial advantage. They went through the phases and stretched the Llanelli defence to send in Richard Fussell down the right after 34 mins. Unfortunately Fussell suffered an arm injury and had to leave the field. Llanelli No 10 Dan Evans kicked a penalty but Newport left wing Mike Poole went in for a try in the 4th minute of first half injury time - a crucial score which saw Newport take a 14-3 HT lead.                                                                                                        

Llanelli  responded with the wind at their backs and a half time chat from coach John Davies but only managed one try from wing Ifan Evans on 59 mins after a Newport mistake. The pressure on Newport was relieved by a penalty by Hook after a high tackle. Newport then once again showed their recently acquired street wisdom and effectively shut the game down in last quarter. 

Newport's forwards coach Sven Cronk was pleased with the win after his side had to play into the teeth of a strong easterly wind. “It’s a happy dressing- room. It's all about winning but it wasn't pretty by any means,'' said Cronk."We kept at it. A lot of work went into the win, especially in the second half when it was difficult carrying into that wind. People have to realise how difficult it is to play in those conditions. We are out of the cup but we want to keep the focus until the end of the season and finish as high as we can.''


Official : Matthew Aplin (Wales)

Llanelli Newport