Newport let another game slip and picked up yet another serious injury. James Thomas dislocated his knee which was put back in on the field before being taken to hospital. Once again there was little cutting edge in the backs and Newport failed to score a try with all points coming from the boot of Rhys Jones with 3p and 1dg.
Photos courtesy of Ron Sutcliffe :
The Black and Ambers, on a first visit to the Pelenna Valley, took the field showing just one change from the side that triumphed 22-15 at Pontypool five days earlier. Former Ospreys scrum-half Nicky Griffiths replaced Jon Evans and Newport made a promising start, hitting the front in the sixth minute via a penalty from fly-half Rhys Jones. But just four minutes later the Whitworth men hit back with an equalising penalty from fly-half Luke Richards. After play resumed following the injury to No 8 Thomas, handling errors twice let Newport down after they had broken the first line of defence. Those mistakes came back to haunt them when Ton took a 32nd-minute lead after pulling off a key lineout steal. Ex-Neath lock Ben Davies and flanker Andrew Gwynne made the hard yards for scrum-half James Donovan to touch down at the posts. Fly-half Luke Richards added the extras. In the 39th minute fly-half Jones made amends for an earlier penalty miss when he slotted over a drop-goal from close range. And during first-half injury time, respective fly-halves Richards and Jones knocked over penalties, leaving Ton 13-9 to the good at the break.
And they increased the lead in the 46th minute when fly-half Richards completed a penalty hat-trick. He then missed out with a 52nd-minute penalty chance before Newport fly-half Jones struck a post with a penalty. However, Ton failed to clear their lines, and Jones atoned in landing a simple penalty that trimmed the deficit to 16-12 on the hour. However, a 63rd-minute break by Richards from close to his 22 produced a penalty opportunity that he duly knocked between the posts. During the closing stages, Ton had prop Owain Ford binned, leaving Newport with a great chance of securing at least a draw. But the Black and Ambers failed to make the extra man count at a 78th-minute scrum five - and with it went the game. Ton clung on to the ball during an extended period of injury time, leaving inconsistent Newport to pick up the pieces at table-topping Pontypridd this Saturday.