2005/2006 Principality Premiership
Llanelli 12 v 20 Newport
07 May 2006 - Stradey Park, Llanelli

Match Report

Llanelli 12 Newport 20 : Welsh Premier League

Only fifth place in the Welsh Premiership was at stake in this final match of the season and that went to Newport with a final record of P30 W19 L11 - three places lower than last year and four lower than the Championship season of 2003/4 in the first year of the semi-professional league. Departing coach David Rees was happy with the end of season form and fifth spot and said "We have been hit by a lot of injuries but we shrugged off the disappointment of losing heavily at Maesteg by winning six of our last seven games to finish on a high note…and any victory at Stradey Park is an excellent one," Newport won yesterday because they punished ill discipline by Llanelli which resulted in two yellow cards. There was little to choose between the sides but when home prop Kevin Jones was yellow carded for fighting in the 29th min Llanelli conceded a try five mins later. A defensive scrum lacked control and the ball shot out on the line to give Newport scrum-half Gareth Crothers the easy task of falling on the ball. In the second-half Llanelli the experienced Newport pack always had the edge but Llanelli were the more threatening for the first 15 mins but then their flanker Matthew Evans was sin-binned for persistent offside 40m out. Dan Griffiths kicked for field position, lock Mark Workman won the line-out and thirty seconds later came up with the ball as the pack drove the home seven back. Eight mins later the same scenario lineout with a take by lock Matthew Veater, a surge and Veater gets the try converted by Griffiths. When Evans returned, Llanelli threw caution to the wind and scored tries through centre Mike Jones and lively scrum-half Rhidian McGuire to make it 17-12 with seven mins to go but for once Newport closed down the game cleverly under the shrewd leadership of Veater and Griffiths sealed the win with a 30m penalty on the stroke of time.

Official : Haydn Davies (Wales)

Llanelli Newport