Glamorgan Wanderers
2007/2008 Konica Minolta Cup
Wanderers 29 v 12 Newport
05 April 2008 - Memorial Ground, Ely, Cardiff

Match Report

Glamorgan Wdrs 29 Newport 12 (HT:16-12)

Hapless Newport went out of the Konica Minolta Cup to Glamorgan Wanderers by 29-12 after an embarrassingly bad performance at the Memorial Ground, Ely. The backs were woeful and the set pieces were poor. Add to that a catalogue of errors and as forwards coach Sven Cronk said after the match “no spark” and it was an afternoon to forget.  Newport started brightly with the pack getting close to the Wanderers line and Dan Griffiths kicking a penalty on 4 mins after a line-out was pulled down but on 9 mins poor Newport tackling allowed Wanderers to spread the ball from a scrum to wing Jamie Jones to chip over full-back Nick Wakley for a well-taken try. Nick Wakley dropped a goal on 14 mins and James Thomas kicked a penalty on 23 mins for a score of 8-6 to the home side. No 8 Richard Thomas went through a huge gap in Newport's midfield and ran 40m before being caught but he offloaded to fly-half Mark Roper for a simple run-in.. On 34 mins and 37 mins Dan Griffiths got the score to 12-13 with a drop goal and a penalty only for Newport to concede a further penalty on 39 mins for a HT score of 12-16.

Glamorgan Wanderers started steadily in the 2nd half and got better as Newport got worse and the Wanderers gave them a lesson in doing the basics well. Newport's backs continued to struggle against Wanderers' aggressive defence and weren't helped by injuries to wing Mike Poole and Wakley that meant Newport’s only remaining replacement back scrum-half Andrew Quick playing on the wing with Michael Hook at full-back. Infringements by the home team gave Newport chances but their line-out faltered badly. James Thomas kicked penalties on 67 and 69 mins (after Hook made a hash of a high ball) to take the score to 22-12. Having made a number of replacements in the forwards, Newport began to threaten only to be let down by unbelievable errors. First Will Kershaw-Naylor ignored an overlap before finally passing only for the ball to be knocked and then lock Adam Frampton dropped the ball with the line at his mercy after good work by scrum-half Alex Walker. With many Newport supporters leaving, Warburton went over in the corner after out-pacing the defence from 30 yds from ball won against the head in a scrum to seal a miserable afternoon for Newport

Newport forwards coach Sven Cronk said afterwards:"They played and we didn't. We created a three-on-one at the end and didn't take it, which is not acceptable at this level and that summed our day up. We felt we were on a bit of a roll but it just never came today. When it came to the crunch we didn't perform and they were the better side, no question. We felt at half-time we hadn't done anything but were still in it only four points behind. We thought we addressed that at the break but then we came out and still didn't have any spark. We needed someone to drag the levels up because we were flat everywhere but it just didn't happen. I thought we were shy going into the tackle and didn't carry any momentum as carriers. We were flat and slowing down at the breakdown, which meant Alex Walker had to go digging and Dan Griffiths was on the back foot. Unusually for us up front we were lethargic and we have paid the price for that."                                                                                                                                                                                         


Official : Jon Mason (Wales)

Wanderers Newport