League lead­ers de­feated as Frewen de­liv­ers at the death

The Rugby Paper - - Principality Premiership - By GE­OFF CHAM­PION Star man Geraint O’Driscoll - New­port

FOR the sec­ond time in two sea­sons Craig War­low’s Black & Am­ber army marched to Merthyr and came up with a stun­ning vic­tory in a game in which the lead changed hands seven times.

Hav­ing lost at Pon­typridd in the pre­vi­ous round, War­low said that a game against the league lead­ers at The Wern was just what his side needed and a bonus-point try five min­utes from time by full back El­liot Frewen snatched vic­tory from the jaws of de­feat af­ter the Iron­men had shown their char­ac­ter to bat­tle back into a 28-23 lead.

Cen­tre Chay Smith and wing Harri Lang also crossed for New­port tries while im­pres­sive out­side half Haydn Si­mons kicked three penal­ties and three con­ver­sions for 15 points.

Home hooker Matthew Dwyer scored twice and scrum half Adam Hoskins and re­place­ment prop Louis Jones also got over to en­sure the reign­ing cham­pi­ons took two bonus-points from their de­feat. Full back Matthew Jarvis con­verted all four.

De­spite scor­ing the best try of the game through Smith mid­way through the first half, New­port found them­selves 14-13 be­hind at the break. Merthyr went fur­ther ahead with Hoskins’ try at the start of the sec­ond half, but New­port re­fused to lie down.

Si­mons’ boot got them back in the lead and not even the home side’s bonus­try from Jones could stop them as Frewen ran in the match win­ner.

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