First-half blitz seals tough suc­cess for New­port

The Rugby Paper - - Principality Premiership - ■ By IAN GOLDEN

NEW­PORT did just enough in the first half to claim what in the end was a hard­fought win against a dogged Bar­goed side.

They took the lead on 10 min­utes when Kyle Tayler made a clean break from 40 me­tres to ground un­der the sticks, Matt O’Brien eas­ily con­vert­ing.

Matthew Lewis got a penalty back for Bar­goed but that was their only score in the first half.

New­port though kept up the pres­sure and a fine pass­ing move ended up with El­liot Frewen be­ing sent over in the cor­ner for their sec­ond try of the af­ter­noon. O’Brien’s con­ver­sion at­tempt was wide.

Henry Palmer then dived over for New­port’s third try, O’Brien con­vert­ing be­fore adding a penalty just be­fore the break to put them 22-3 up at the half­time whis­tle.

The home side came storming out in the sec­ond half and New­port were caught nap­ping when Bar­goed got an early try through Lewis Bow­den, Matthew Lewis con­vert­ing.

It took them al­most half an hour to get an­other, and that was when they were a man down after James Pizey was yel­low carded for a re­peat of­fence.

Geraint Clarke’s clean break put Bar­goed back into the game with a try un­der the sticks, James Hal­lett con­vert­ing to put them just five points be­hind.

How­ever New­port sealed their vic­tory in the fi­nal minute with a long-range Haydn Si­mons’ penalty goal.

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