Newport - already written off by some this season - took the field under acting captain Craig Attwell with a patched up look. 10 or more players were unable including 3 centres resulting in full-back Geraint O'Driscoll switching to 13 and Iain Smerdon on permit from Bedwas at 12. Further late changes brought in Craig Everett at No 8 in place of Ieuan Jones and scrum-half Andrew Quick joining the bench with fellow scrum-half Jamie Leadbeater.
Hopes perhaps weren't high for Newport against a Quins side who had started the season well and were also bolstered by a number of regional players. Newport were also still recovering from the desperate injury time defeat for their 14 men by Bedwas on Wednesday but full credit to the coaches who have been fiercely criticised at times for getting the team up at The Park, Carmarthen and against the odds they snatched the win with a superb solo try on the 4th minute of stoppage time. Quins were pressing for the bonus point win but Newport weren't just hanging on to the losing bonus point at 23-25 down. They did try several times to run the ball from their line but then it looked odds on for the 4th Quins try as the ball was spread wide over the far right side but dangerous wing Elliot Frewen intercepted and set off for the Quins line some 90 metres away. He already had a covering Quins player to beat but he stepped around him sweetly and still had two pursuing tacklers to beat and a further 50 metres to go. To the delight of the B&A faithful he did just that touchng down on the corner for his 5th try of the season. The conversion by O'Driscoll was missed but Newport led 28-25 and they held out for a further nervous 4 mins to get the bonus point win and make it 12 league wins from 13 against the Quins.
Quins MOM : Aled Thomas and Newport MOM : Elliot Frewen
The Quins got the first try after runs from Rheon James and Tom Rees broke the gain line to feed fullback and former Newport player James Dixon (who makes a habit of scoring against his old side) to slip a tackle and force his way over on 6 mins. Newport’s good tactical kicking - especially from Scott Sneddon - helped them gain valuable territory. The Newport pack had the edge and wings Alan Awcock and Elliot Frewen were always looking to run at the Quins. On 15 mins Scott Sneddon put over a penalty and then on 20 mins a short line saw hooker Ryan Prosser scampering over in the corner. The score remained at 5-8 until further penalties from Sneddon (33 mins) and Aled Thomas (36 mins) and the sides went in at HT with the visitors leading 11-8.
Quins restarted strongly and on 2mins No 10 Aled Thomas slotted over a penalty. He missed a further one on 48 mins and so the score stood at 11-11. Loose passing by Quins allowed dangerous wing Elliot Frewen to pick up and score in the corner. The missed conversion put the score at 11-16 but just one min later things were to change dramatically when Newport prop Dai Pattison was sin binned. Wing Tom Rees and Andrew Banfield combined for Andrew Banfield to get over - Aled Thomas converted and he then slipped through to feed replacement Chris Banfield for a try. Thomas again converted and in the space of just 4 mins the score had gone from 11-16 to 25-16 to the home side and going into the last quarter. Quins 2nd row Haydn Pugh was sin-binned for a late tackle but the Quins still seemed to be in control. Newport had now been seriously disrupted with injuries playing replacement scrum-half Jamie Leadbeater at No 10 and replacement Andrew Quick at scrum half. Then, somewhat against the run of play - on 76 mins - James Leadbeater and Iain Smerdon did the running from their own half, fed wing Will Hodnett who made a nice break and fed an inside pass to No 8 Craig Everett to canter 30 metres to the posts for O’Driscoll to add the extras. Then on 84 mins came the try of the match from Man of the Match Elliot Frewen and for once lady luck had shone on Newport for a change!