Newport without a number of players due to Wales 7's call-ups, injuries, availability and possibly one eye on Friday's local derby match vs Pontypool, scored the first and last tries of an entertaining match but in between Blackheath scored 4 tries of their own and so gained their 22nd win in the 153rd encounter between the sides since 1879. It was a chance for Newport to run the rule over a number of newcomers while Blackheath also featured 8 players under the age of 20 in their squad of 22.
Debutant wing Rhys Richards took his chance well after a rare sortie by Newport into the Club's 22 to score on 17 mins. The try was converted by another debutant, full-back Matt McLean. Sadly, on 28 mins open-side Paul Williams who has just returned from a long lay-off due to shoulder injury was helped off the field with a knee injury. On 29 mins scrum-half Alex Page weaved his way over for an unconverted try and a score of 5-7 to Newport.
In the 2nd half, Blackheath caught Newport cold - and it was a very cold afternoon! - when lock Gavin Wallis raced over in the 1st min for full-back Paul Humphreys to convert to make the score 12-7 to Blackheath and from then on there was only one team in the match and Blackheath's replacements made their team even stronger. Replacement Tom White scored a try on 59 mins which was again converted by Humphreys. On 69 mins Wallis scored his 2nd try - again converted by Humphreys while on the stroke of the final whistle, on 82 mins, replacement debutant prop James Greenfield scored a consolation try for Newport, converted by replacement Dan Griffiths for a final score of 26-12.
Sponsor's Newport MOM : Mike Burke.