Newport rue poor defence

South Wales Argus: ON THE SCORESHEET: Newport’s Dan Robinson ON THE SCORESHEET: Newport’s Dan Robinson

NEWPORT 18 LLANDOVERY 18

IT’S likely that the Newport squad will be well acquainted with tackle bags after this week’s training.

The Black and Ambers shared the spoils with Llandovery at Rodney Parade on Saturday, but no thanks to some shoddy defending.

The Drovers crossed for three easy-on-the-eye but easily avoidable scores in the first half. You can pick holes in most tries but these efforts would not have needed a magnifying glass and slow-motion replay to spot the errors.

The line breaks kept coming after the break only for Llandovery, who tested Newport with their neat offloading game, to fail to finish them off.

Yet with a bit more composure at the end of a scoreless second half the Black and Ambers could easily have been celebrating an unlikely victory.

“You are never happy with not winning but I am quietly pleased after the way that we stuck at it,” said head coach Sven Cronk.

“In the end defensive lapses cost us and we need to screw that down next week (against Cross Keys in the British and Irish Cup). We cannot afford to miss so many one-on-one tackles.”

Llandovery wing Andrew Claypole got the first score, going over in the right corner after Mike Poole had failed with an attempted big hit on Matthew Jacobs.

Newport centre Dan Robinson responded when he went past the last man far too easily, only for Drovers centre Jack Roberts to finish off an attack where missed tackles were plentiful.

Wales sevens skipper Richie Pugh was next over the line with an absolute shocker from the home perspective, an aimless kick downfield, poor chase and awful defensive line allowing the flanker to finish off a move.

The Black and Ambers scored a magnificent team try with the last play of the half – prop Dai Pattison, flankers Brendan Lampitt and Craig Attwell and wing Poole combining to put centre Adam Davies clear – but it wouldn’t have been enough to spare them a half-time rollocking.

Eight points from the boot of home fly-half Scott Sneddon and just three from opposite number Cerith Rees, who missed all three conversions, meant it was 18-18 at the break.

And that’s how it stayed, although both sides will reflect on missed chances in a more drab second half.

Llandovery made more of them with ball in hand and Sneddon and replacement Llandovery fly-half Jamie Garland missed long-range efforts from the tee before a frantic finale.

Newport burst into the 22 in injury time, but instead of heading towards the middle of the field to set up a drop goal they went right and were pinged for holding on (although they could easily have been the recipients of a penalty themselves).

Then Llandovery went down the other end but knocked the ball on just as they were setting up their own drop-goal attempt, leaving both sides to settle for two points.

Newport: G O’Driscoll, O Broad, D Robinson, A Davies (E Frewen 40), M Poole, S Sneddon (T Hancock 38-40), J Leadbeater (R Downes 72), D Pattison (J Jeune 65), A Brown (R Prosser 58), T Ryan (G Robinson 58), R Jones (D Rosser 79), A Frampton, B Lampitt, C Attwell (captain), R Coombs (P Sargent 75).

Scorers: Tries – D Robinson, A Davies; conversion – S Sneddon; penalties – S Sneddon (2).

Llandovery: C Knight, A Warren, M Jacobs, J Roberts, A Claypole (R Walters 75), C Rees (J Garland 50), L Rees, D Williams (W Jones 65), J Lewis, D Howells (P Edwards 50), S Jones (captain), M Harbut, L Kendall (S Miles 50), R Pugh, R Brooks (L Phillips 58).

Scorers: Tries – A Claypole, J Roberts, R Pugh; penalties – C Rees.

Referee: Simon Rees (WRU).

Argus star man: Dan Robinson.

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9:07pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Euwan Usami says...

Just as well Llandovery forgot to bring a kicker. They missed a dozen points with the boot. Poor old Mike Poole had a mare too and pretty much butchered every opportunity that came near him. Despite that, Newport still would have won if they hadn't forgotten how to tackle. Going forward was a big improvement though and the game was quite entertaining bar the keystone cops defensive effort.
Just as well Llandovery forgot to bring a kicker. They missed a dozen points with the boot. Poor old Mike Poole had a mare too and pretty much butchered every opportunity that came near him. Despite that, Newport still would have won if they hadn't forgotten how to tackle. Going forward was a big improvement though and the game was quite entertaining bar the keystone cops defensive effort. Euwan Usami

9:19pm Sun 6 Jan 13

dereksboy says...

The trouble with tackle bags is - they stand still!
The trouble with tackle bags is - they stand still! dereksboy

11:38am Mon 7 Jan 13

dalesman1666 says...

£5K each signing on fee and many wish they hadnt signed. Loyalty eh.
£5K each signing on fee and many wish they hadnt signed. Loyalty eh. dalesman1666

6:00pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Robert Shillabeer says...

Newport defended so poorly it was embarrassing, Llandovery took the belated Xmas gifts with gratitude. Cronk must have thought about having a real go at them at half time, but may have thought differently as his talk didn't really sink in after the previous defeat. As teacher said once, must do better.
Newport defended so poorly it was embarrassing, Llandovery took the belated Xmas gifts with gratitude. Cronk must have thought about having a real go at them at half time, but may have thought differently as his talk didn't really sink in after the previous defeat. As teacher said once, must do better. Robert Shillabeer

7:16pm Thu 10 Jan 13

foxy3rd says...

The Newport tries were superb especially the team effort with it's inerpassing.The Newport defence has been atrocious all season and for some years now,time for some coaching changes methinks,considering the results while they've "all" been there.Time for changes.
The Newport tries were superb especially the team effort with it's inerpassing.The Newport defence has been atrocious all season and for some years now,time for some coaching changes methinks,considering the results while they've "all" been there.Time for changes. foxy3rd

7:36am Mon 14 Jan 13

kalwales@hotmail.com says...

thanks for cheering me up on a Monday Morning Guys :-)
thanks for cheering me up on a Monday Morning Guys :-) kalwales@hotmail.com

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