Newport Progress To Tier 2 Final

13/05/2017

Llanelli started their Tier 2 semi final into the wind of Rodney Parade and opened confidently with a penalty kicked by Dion Jones.

With early exchanges fairly even, Newport executed a successful driving line out scored by James Little and converted by flyhalf Matt O Brien. Ironically, Llanelli had opportunities at driving lineouts during the match without ever really threatening the Newport try line.

Just before the interval O’Brien missed a second kickable penalty and Llanelli’s Dion Jones try and conversion stunned the home crowd as the visitors went back to the changing rooms 10-7 up.

Llanelli were in control at the start of the second period and extended their lead to 17-7 when centre Ryan Davies crossed for a fine opportunist try converted by Dion Jones.

Young backs Thomas Rogers, Ryan Davies, & Ioan Hughes all showed up well. While Llanelli’s Man of the Match Chris Long was well supported up front by Taylor Davies, Nathan Hart and Dan Davis.

Newport were constantly on the attack for the last 20 minutes and were rewarded when lock Dan Partridge scored on 65minutes.

Geraint O’Driscoll then put over a penalty with seven minutes to go which lifited the voiceferous home supporters.

Llanelli had plenty of possession towards the closing stages of the match but showed immaturity in their play as they failed to keep possession or put boot to ball with a strong wind on their backs.

With the clock on 79 minutes Newport’s Prosser scored a dramatic last-minute try, converted by O’Drsicoll, as referee Newman brought the game to a close.

Newport RFC 22-17 Llanelli RFC

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