Injury hit Newport scrambled a bonus point win with the help of tries by Ellis Bros with Dai Pattison and Sam Waldron adding the other tries. Further serious injuries added to Newport's already nightmare list. Centre Gareth Chapman suffered an horrendous injury with a dislocated ankle and a broken leg at the end of the 1st half while in the 2nd half replacement wing Jamie Tibbs dislocated his shoulder.
Chris Kirwan, SWA report :It may have been a dry evening at Rodney Parade but that wouldn’t have stopped the Newport coaching staff giving their charges the hairdryer treatment at half-time last night. The Black and Ambers went into the changing rooms on level terms with Carmarthen Quins with the score at 3-3 after an atrocious first 40 minutes. They dominated in terms of territory and possession from the start but failed to make the most of their advantage thanks to a combination of a creaking lineout, handling errors and poor decision making. Sven Cronk and his coaching staff won’t have been shy in telling their players that it wasn’t good enough.
Newport had never lost to the Quins but were in danger of allowing the West Walians to break their duck at the 10th attempt. Thankfully the Black and Ambers stretched away after the break, even managing to cross the line four times to escape with an unlikely bonus-point victory. But it wasn’t pretty and the hosts will know that better is needed against in-form, and fully rested, Bedwas at the weekend.
The Quins clash was a chance for the Rodney Parade inbetweeners – Dragons plying their trade for Newport – to impress in front of the watching regional coaching team.Unfortunately for them the first-half showing that was every bit as hapless as anything Channel Four’s Inbetweeners could manage.Number eight Hugo Ellis turned the ball over far too much in contact, full-back Matt Evans struggled to find the gaps in attack while while former All Black Danny Lee had another forgettable display at scrum-half. But they were far from the only culprits with Newport lacking their usual tempo, accuracy and aggression.All either side could manage from a dire first half was a penalty apiece, Lewis Robling striking first for the hosts on 25 minutes before Gareth Morgan levelled on the half hour. Three times inside the first quarter Newport turned over the ball when well placed inside the Quins 22.
The visitors headed east with a lengthy injury list and one eye on Saturday’s derby with Llanelli. Yet the longer the game stayed close the more they fancied their chances of nicking something.
And a woeful first half got even worse for the hosts with the very last play when centre Gareth Chapman had to be stretchered off with what looked to be another serious injury to an already threadbare Newport back division.
There was, however, some cheer for the home support after the break as Newport stretched away. Robling booted them back into the lead on 44 minutes and then they signalled their intent by kicking penalties to the corner.Replacement hooker Arthur Ellis found flanker James Thomas in the lineout on two occasions with the first drive stopped illegally and the second unstoppable – prop Dai Pattison the man to cross the whitewash.Robling converted and Newport were breathing easier with a 10-point buffer... but not for long. A sprightly burst into the hosts territory by scrum-half Ryan Jones put the Quins into the Newport 22 for the first time on 61 minutes and they made it count, impressive lock Sione Timani going over. But within four minutes the visitors hopes had gone and Newport were hunting their four-try bonus point. First flanker Sam Waldron finished from a yard out after a smart Evans burst was ended just short and then Arthur Ellis raced over from 80 metres after intercepting in midfield. Robling converted both to give put the Black and Ambers 27-10 up with quarter of an hour to turn a four-point haul into five.It it was the older Ellis brother that secured the bonus point with four minutes left, the number eight barging over from close range after the Quins had survived a number of charges on their line.
Newport: M Evans, M Pewtner ( Andrew Brown 79), G Chapman (J Tibbs 40 / C Wannell 70), S Williams, O Broad, L Robling, D Lee (J Leadbeater48), D Pattison (captain), M Leaman (A Ellis 50), G Robinson (D Way 66), D Rosser (A Jones 44), Adam Brown, J Thomas, S Waldron, H Ellis.
Scorers: Tries – Pattison, Waldron, A Ellis, H Ellis; and Robling 4c, 2p.
Carmarthen Quins: A Rees, L Williams, A Banfield ( J Harries 79), R James, R Llewellyn, G Morgan, R Jones ( R Davies 72), R Evans ( I Jones 41), D George (R Wilkes 40), T Davies ( K Jones 40), G Evans (captain), S Timani, J Davies, E Lloyd (A Thomas 17), G Williams.
Yellow card : A Thomas 12/32 ( killing ball)Scorers: Try – Timani and G Morgan 1c, 1p.
Referee: Gwyn Morris (Cardiff)
Argus star man: Sione Timani