Dragons permit player outside-half James Arlidge helped to get Newport
back on the winning trail. His 24 pts from 2 tries, 4 cons and 2 pens helped
the Black and Ambers to a bonus point league win over Glamorgan Wanderers. Newport
were in action straight from the KO and the always dangerous wing Mike Poole
collected the ball from near the half-way line and went over for a great first
minute try, converted by Arlidge. Three mins later Arlidge intercepted a
Wanderers’ pass to run 70 metres for a try wide out but missed the conversion. In
the 2nd quarter Newport went off the boil and had they showed more
steadiness, less forcing of passes and conceding less penalties then they would
have been even further ahead. Remarkably Wanderers were still in contention at
half time thanks to penalties on 30 and 37 mins by reliable kicker and former
Cross Keys outside-half Scott Sneddon.
Arlidge kicked his 2nd penalty on 46 mins and converted a sharp
try by centre Nathan Williams on 49 mins. Newport
then had to wait until the 73rd min for their next score. Wanderers’
replacement Mark Roper was yellow-carded by referee Nigel Whitehouse on 72 mins
and Arlidge crossed for his 2nd try and Newport’s
bonus point following a smartly taken tap penalty and a perfect diagonal cross-kick
allowed him to gather the ball for a clear run in. On 75 mins Scott Williams sliced
through with a powerful run for the 5th try. Arlidge converted.
Newport head coach Sven Cronk
said after the game, "In some ways this much better performance underlines
how poor we were in the match at Pontypool but we showed
we can move on from such setbacks. I thought we played some good rugby although
we were still a bit patchy and we will need to look carefully at the high penalty
count against us in the first half. I am pleased we picked up the bonus point.
We still have a lot of work to do and we face another difficult game at
Pontypridd on Tuesday evening."