2012/2013 Principality Premiership
Newport 39 v 17 Swansea
03 November 2012 - Rodney Parade, Newport

Match Report

Newport 39 Swansea 17


The Whites’ poor start to the season continued as they were comfortably defeated by a slick Black and Ambers side at Rodney Parade. The defeat leaves Swansea firmly rooted to the bottom of the Principality Premiership.


Newport took an early lead through a Tom Hancock penalty goal after the visitors failed to gather the ball from the kick off and instead killed the ball. Four minutes later the scores were level when Sam Davies kicked a three-pointer when a powerful run by Dan Baker forced the home defence offside.


Whites centre Aled Jenkins showed great pace to sprint through the middle but he wasted an overlap out wide and although Rhys Williams and Rhodri Hughes kept the move alive the Newport defence regrouped and were able to snuff out the danger.


The Black and Ambers launched the next attack with winger Alan Awcock and scrum half Rhys Downes both making breaks before Baker crucially intercepted a pass out wide to bring an end to the move.


Hancock kicked his side ahead with a second penalty goal after referee Sean Brickell reversed his decision for an off-the-ball incident. Newport scored the first try of the match on the half hour mark when Hancock beat a couple of tackles, found centre Geraint O’Driscoll in support, who in turn fed Awcock for a well taken touch down under the posts. Hancock converted.


The home side dealt Swansea a devastating blow on the stroke of half time when Leadbeater made a break into the twenty-two before the forwards drove up to the line and lock Adam Frampton stretched over to score a second Newport try. Hancock converted.


Half-time:-   Newport   20   Swansea   3


Visitors’ coach Mefin Davies must have given his side a talking to at half time as they came out on fire after the interval. The impressive Jenkins burst through a tackle and drew in a defender to send Nicky J Thomas over for a try. Davies converted.


Five minutes later the Whites were right back in contention when flanker Rob Dudley-Jones powered towards the line from a quickly taken free kick before the ball was swept out wide for Rhys Williams to score in the corner. Davies converted.


Hancock was handed an opportunity to extend his side’s lead when James Bija held onto the ball after the tackle, but his effort at goal fell short of the posts. Rhys Williams pounced on a loose ball inside his own twenty-two and hacked the ball upfield, but his final kick went dead when a try looked certain.


Leadbeater gave his side some breathing space with a try out wide after a long period of pressure. Hancock converted. The Black and Ambers’ earned a bonus point when centre Will Richards showed good pace out wide before linking up with prop Jamie Jeune. The pack drove forward and Richards regathered the ball to squeeze over in the corner. O’Driscoll missed the conversion.


Replacement Brendon Lampitt rounded off an outstanding victory for the home side when he took the ball from a lineout and cut through a tired Whites defence to score. O’Driscoll converted.


Next up for Newport is a trip to Neath while Swansea host Bridgend.


Full time:-   Newport   39   Swansea   17


Referee:-   Sean Brickell

Weather:-   Sunny, 9C


Man of the match:-   Alan Awcock


Newport scorers:


Tries:-   Awcock (31), Frampton (40+1), Leadbeater (62), Richards (67), Lampitt (74)

Cons:-   Hancock (32, 40+2, 63), O’Driscoll (75)

Pens:-   Hancock (2, 26)


Swansea scorers:


Tries:-   N J Thomas (41), R Williams (46)

Cons:-   Davies (42, 47)

Pens:-   Davies (6)


Newport team:

15 James Leadbeater

14 Elliot Frewen (rep: Owen Broad 69)

13 Geraint O’Driscoll

12 Will Richards

11 Alan Awcock

10 Tom Hancock (rep: Ashton Hewitt 64)

9 Rhys Downes (rep: Andy Quick 57)

1 Jamie Jeune (rep: John Lavender 75)

2 Andy Brown (rep: Ryan Prosser 75)

3 Tim Ryan (rep: Alex Jeffries 52)

4 Rhodri Jones (rep: Dafydd Rosser 60)

5 Adam Frampton

6 Sam Waldron (rep: Brendan Lampitt 69)

7 Craig Attwell ©

8 Ross Coombs




16 Ryan Prosser

17 Alex Jeffries

18 Dafydd Rosser

19 Brendan Lampitt

20 Ashton Hewitt

21 Owen Broad

22 Andy Quick

23 John Lavender


Swansea team:

15 Nicky J Thomas

14 Lewis Harrhy

13 Aled Jenkins

12 Ben Roberts (rep: Nicky Harwood 57)

11 Rhys Williams

10 Sam Davies

9 Jon Preddy (rep: Jake Cole 75)

1 Matthew Norman (rep: Nicky Smith 69)

2 Scott Otten

3 Nicky Thomas

4 Sam Kiley (rep: Jon Barley 80+2)

5 Rhodri Hughes

6 Rob Dudley-Jones (rep: James McKenna 57)

7 James Bija

8 Dan Baker


16 Alun Rees

17 Nicky Smith

18 Ian Williams

19 Jon Barley

20 Jake Cole

21 Cameron Clement

22 Nicky Harwood

23 James McKenna

Official : Sean Brickell (Wales)

Newport Swansea