2008/2009 Principality Premiership
Newport 67 v 5 Llandovery
20 September 2008 - Rodney Parade, Newport

Match Report

Newport 67 Llandovery 5 ( HT:33-0)

Newport continued their good form and their intention to improve on last season’s mediocre season with a 10 try thrashing of Llandovery. Head coach Sven Cronk confirmed his side’s hard-edged approach this season when ,after the match he said: “Llandovery’s one try was disappointing. We spoke at half-time about being strong when we went back out and then we let something sloppy happen like that. If you are going to move things on, that is disappointing.” However, he was otherwise more than happy with Newport’s beating of a weakened Llandovery side who played 3 permit players from the lower divisions due to injuries. Over-eagerness by some players who wanted to go it alone in the last quarter probably cost Newport further scores against the team who completed a shock double over Newport last season. Newport were far superior than their opponents in every aspect – set pieces, loose, behind etc against rivals who completed a shock double over them last season. We played some pleasing rugby. Last week (in defeating Cardiff 30-3) we started to look comfy on the ball, which is always a good sign, and that continued,” added Cronk. “But it’s clear that in certain areas we were playing from too deep and started to get out of policy and against better sides we will not get away with that.” Full back Jason Tovey’s early- morning return from Ulster on Dragons duty  gave him the chance to once again show his immense promise until an ankle injury forced him off after 50 mins otherwise he would have had some time at No 10. Captain Andrew Coombs once again impressed with his all round game as did other back rows Craig Hill and Richard Dale.

Newport went ahead in less than 2 mins Llandovery full back Dan Rogers’ poor chip on his 22 presented the ball to Newport centre Tom Riley resulting in wing Mike Poole going over in the corner. Three Dan Griffiths penalties took the score to 14-0 after 23 mins before Hill, lively scrum-half Andrew Quick and prop Ian Evans added tries to ensure Newport a bonus point and a 33-0 lead by half-time.                                                                                                                                                                 Llandovery caught Newport napping with a try a minute after the break by Ioan Cunningham, despite being down to 14 men after lock Kyle Davies’ yellow card on 39 mins for pulling back centre Scott Williams on his 100th club appearance. Dan Griffiths’ long pass set up Tovey for a 46th-min touchdown. Newport then added more tries by Craig Hill (converted by Griffiths) and Mike Burke for a score of 52-5 on 68 mins. Three more tries followed in the last 10 mins – Pattison who sold an outrageous dummy, Nathan Williams, as an attempted clearance fell into his hands and finally Tom Isaacs who raced 30 metres to score in the corner and a final score of 67-5.. A morale boosting win for Newport who now face 3 away trips to Bridgend, Ebbw Vale and Neath    


Photos courtesy of Ron Sutcliffe :

Official : Huw David (Wales)

Newport Llandovery