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.''