SWA report :
Newport gave one of their most-polished performances of a lack-lustre season to register only their fourth victory of the Principality Premiership campaign. This triumph was their first success in nine games bringing to an end one of the worst runs in their history and, appropriately, they stopped the rot in this battle against the Old Enemy who had won on the previous three occasions the teams met at the Arms Park. Cardiff who themselves are in the lower half of the Premiership table relied on youth and they were found wanting in every department as the Black and Ambers put them to the sword. Scrum-half James Leadbeater gave Newport just the sort of start that coach Sven Cronk was desperately seeking when he burrowed his way over after just 3 mins for a try which Matthew Jones converted. And Newport continued to dominate proceedings with Jones adding to their total with a well-executed penalty and then mid-way through the first-half wing Elliot Frewen darted over for a touchdown with Jones again converting. The Gwent outfit could have stretched their advantage still further but for a couple of missed Jones penalties. But with Newport leading 17-0 at the break there really was only one team in it and that is how it was as the visitors never looked like letting their hosts back into the game. The second-half was just 12 mins old when Newport bagged their third try of the afternoon through Matthew Pewtner but this time Jones did not convert. Scott Sneddon who came on as a replacement for Dan Fish booted over two Cardiff penalties in the second-half but it was far too little too late. Newport pressed hard for a bonus-point touchdown but it was not forthcoming. Nevertheless, they will be relieved to have ended their long losing sequence.
What the fans said :
1). Joe Crocker FoNR @FoNRTrust: Final : Cardiff 6 Newport 22. Our Seren Y Gem is @waldron6. We're off to the pub! New Year, New 'Port!
2). Hood : Seren y gem Sam Waldron wooooooohoooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!
3). LJG : Great result.
4). Garethm : Well done Newport. Glad I was wrong and sure all Newport supporters are proud of that win. Keep it up!
5). Wings : After last week that was a tremendous win. Hopefully the players' belief in themselves and the coaches will return with that result. Up the Port.
6). Ballboy : That was a superb Newport performance. Cardiff just weren't allowed to play. Forwards and backs tackled like demons, knocking ball carriers back and giving us chances of turnovers. From the start we drove through the Cardiff forwards with all our players looking for work. This wasn't a bad Cardiff team - they were made to look bad by our performance. No game next week but can't wait for the Tonmawr trip.
7). Welder : Newport showed desire and hard work today that has been lacking previously. Waters excellent again. Well done lads.
8). gl : What an afternoon! That lifted some gloom and was a very good team performance in often atrocious conditions. Chants of we are going to win the league may be just a little optimistic but it certainly gives some hope for a higher league position and a cup run. Well done.
9). Newportb&a : Excellent team performance well done to all the players for pulling that out the bag. New Year New Port
10). Janieb : Great performance by all the lads, well done!
11). Mouthoftheusk : Cracking performance from the whole side and they thoroughly deserved the win. Keep that up and we can rattle a few more sides. The old saying about tackles win matches is true and the tackling was immense. Cardiff didn't enjoy possession and the contest for the ball at the breakdown was great by Newport. Special mention to the whole of the back row who were aggressive and nasty all the way through, just as they should be. Great to watch. Also well done to Matthew Pewtner for the way he took his try. Really thought the whole squad played their part in a fine win. Keep it up boys, that was fantastic.
12). Kev Jarvis : Superb effort to a man. Well done to all of the players and coaches.
13). Npteggchaser : What a great result that was for NEWPORT RFC! Everybody put the 'effort' on the pitch from start to finish, back row were immense and with Sam now at lock, he tackled himself to a standstill. Thankfully the backs got into the action too, Jones controlling and kicking well, Scotty predictably, but effectively bulldozing his way through, taking 2-3 of the Cardiff defence to stop him, creating gaps out wide for our runners Pewtner, Awcock and Frewen to do their stuff. There was 'grunt' everywhere on the field and the boys wanted this win much, much more than Cardiff, about time too, That is what the supporters have wanted to see all season! Leady was a pain in the backside to Cardiff, Patts lead from the front [other than the yellow card !] and Dafydd upset a lot of Cardiff players, being in their faces at every opportunity. A good crowd at CAP, with very vocal support from the away fans and they were duly rewarded with a cracking win for the BlackandAmbers. More of the same for the rest of the season - please!!! UP THE PORT!
14). Maddypowell : Great news at start of New Year ! Excellent result - hopefully things are now looking up!
15). Sorcerer : I’ve always said don’t try to predict Newport RFC’s next performance based on their last. In just one week the B&A’s proved this right again with a truly dire 1st half vs Cross Keys to a sublime 1st half vs Cardiff RFC. It would be unfair to pick out individuals as this was a superb team performance. Everyone was looking for work and some all but tackled themselves to a standstill as they refused to let the Blue and Blacks into the game. It was great to see and hear the Newport reps including some players who were not even on the bench - one acting as water carrier - getting behind the team! Full marks to the loyal supporters who once again turned up and really got behind the team. Their support was obviously much appreciated by the team.