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
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)
Tries:- N J Thomas (41), R Williams (46)
Cons:- Davies (42, 47)
Pens:- Davies (6)
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
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