2005/2006 Konica Minolta Cup
Maesteg 27 v 8 Newport
01 April 2006 - The Old Parish Ground, Maesteg

Match Report

Maesteg 27 Newport 10

Newport had a dream start. Wing and captain Rhys Shorney went over in the corner for 4th minute try and then outside-half Dan Griffiths put over a penalty for an 8-0 lead after 16 mins. 40 yr old ex-Wales centre John Devereux playing his first full game of the season for Maesteg then forced his way over after 20 mins and the conversion made the score 8-7 to Newport. Newport had lost their momentum and from there on it was always going to be an uphill struggle. Devereux then added another try just before the break for a 14-8 lead. Newport pressurised for a while after half-time and forced Maesteg to concede several penalties but not the yellow card some though they deserved. Near the end former Newport lock Paul Jones rounded things off with a try against his former club Newport coach Sven Cronk, standing in for Dai Rees who was once again on Welsh 7's duty said : "The things we did well for 20 mins - like spreading the ball wide - were then neglected and taking Maesteg on in the contact area was a big mistake.It was always going to be a difficult, and in the end Maesteg had a lot of old hands - and we didn't. Basically, we turned over too much ball and during the second half there was little continuity, leading to a lack of decent field positions."

Official : Huw David (Wales)

Maesteg Newport