New­port fight­back means wait for a win con­tin­ues

Llanelli Star - - Principali­ty Premiershi­p -

WHILE the weather de­nied New­port County any ac­tion on Satur­day, New­port RFC man­aged to get in a full 80 min­utes of Prin­ci­pal­ity Pre­mier­ship ac­tion a day later at Rod­ney Pa­rade as they got back to win­ning ways with a very wet tri­umph over Car­marthen Quins.

It was a fifth de­feat in a row for Emyr Phillips’ Car­marthen side, who have slipped to ninth in the ta­ble and haven’t tasted suc­cess since they beat base­ment side Neath on Novem­ber 8.

For the home side, it was a 10th win of the season and keeps them in sixth.

Car­marthen took the lead with a sim­ple penalty af­ter five min­utes from the boot of St­eff Mar­shall and then in­creased their lead to eight points on the stroke of half-time when Scar­lets full-back Clay­ton Blom­metjies stole away to score.

The South African came into the back line for a scrum just out­side the New­port 22 and was given the ball in enough space for him to run in from 20 me­tres, with the home crowd bay­ing for a for­ward pass.

That left the Black and Am­bers – or rather the Reds on the day as New­port wore a change strip – with a moun­tain to climb as the con­di­tions sim­ply got worse and

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worse as the game wore on. But climb it they did.

Three min­utes af­ter the restart lock Joe Bartlett slid in for a try and the come­back was on.

Five min­utes later the mo­men­tum of the game shifted com­pletely when loose­head prop Dan Preece charged over for a try that this time Matt O’Brien con­verted.

That made it 12-8 as the home side hit the front and there was more to come.

Chay Smith ran in the third try on 56 min­utes and a sec­ond O’Brien con­ver­sion ex­tended the lead to 11 points.

O’Brien gave his side some ex­tra breath­ing space with four min­utes left on the clock when he added a penalty.

It was just as well, be­cause the Quins bat­tled all the way to the end and were re­warded with a con­verted try at the death from lock Lee Tay­lor that at least earned his side a los­ing bonus point.


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