Woeful Newport suffer record loss to Cardiff – match report Cardiff 62 Newport 17

NEWPORT crashed to a record nine-try defeat against their fiercest rivals in a one-sided east Wales derby at Cardiff Arms Park.

Fears of a hangover from last week’s 6-46 hammering against Llanelli were realised as early as the first minute against a Cardiff side seeking their first win of the season.

The home XV had been boosted by an influx of Blues regional players, and a neat inside pass from Rob Copeland sent wing Shaun Powell in.

Newport were struggling with the basics, shaky at the set piece, losing ball in contact and disorganised in defence.

A lost line-out saw Thomas Young – son of ex-Wales prop Dai – win a penalty that was superbly converted by Gareth Davies, the kick taking the fly-half past 900 points for Cardiff.

Alan Awcock showed fight for the visitors, shaking Owen Williams in a tackle then exchanging blows with James Murphy.

But Cardiff pushed Newport off scrum ball, allowing man-of-the-match Copeland to pick up and send Rob Lewis under the posts.

Injuries added to the Rodney Parade side’s woes, centre Dan Robinson lasting just 16 minutes in his first competitive game of the season, before captain and prop Gethin Robinson – playing his first game in eight months after an ankle injury – left the field with a suspected torn bicep.

The visitors finally got on the scoreboard with a Scott Sneddon penalty, but a poor Geraint O’Driscoll clearance kick saw Steve Cullen counter-attack, Young supporting and delivering a delightful off-load to Dan Fish for the third try.

Copeland set up James Murphy for the bonus-point score before Richard Smith struck from 40m.

Trailing 36-3 at the break, Newport kept alive the faintest of hopes as a neat midfield move escaped calls of crossing.

Will Hodnett showed hips worthy of a snake to slide through the defence, then the speed to get home from 50m.

Sneddon converted, but Cardiff reasserted authority as Lewis scored his second from a short-range scrum and Copeland rampaged in from 35m.

The outstanding Young stole ruck ball in his own 22 and blasted towards the Newport line, off-loading to Macauley Cook for the Blue and Blacks’s eighth try.

Cook added another from a short-range driving maul, before Newport claimed the slim consolation of the final score.

A slick off-load from John Lavender found Elliot Frewen, who set off on a mazy 75m-sprint to the line, Tom Hancock converting.

“We were blown out of the water here,” said Newport coach Sven Cronk. “The Blues players made a hell of a difference and stood out, you could see the athletic ability that comes from full-time training.

“But if we sit off people, don’t defend or close space down, we’ll struggle against anybody.

“There are a couple of big injuries that look like long-termers.”

Cardiff: D Fish (M Smith 64), S Powell (capt), O Williams (W Thomas 19), R Smith, S Cullen, G Davies, R Lewis (Alex Walker 62), C Ma’afu (W-G John 43), A Fowler (E Lewis 66), S Andrews (C Lewis 66), J Murphy, N White (E Jenkins), M Cook, T Young (R Tucker), R Copeland.

Replacements: E Lewis, C Lewis, W-G John, R Tucker, E Jenkins, A Walker, W Thomas, M Smith.

Scorers: tries – S Powell, R Lewis (2), D Fish, J Murphy, R Smith, R Copeland, M Cook (2); conversions – G Davies (7); penalty – G Davies.

Newport: G O’Driscoll, E Frewen, D Robinson (W Hodnett 16), A Davies (R Downes 42), A Awcock, S Sneddon (T Hancock 58), J Leadbeater, D Pattison, A Brown (S Parry 51), G Robinson (capt) (J Lavender 33), S Waldron, A Frampton, R Coombs (L Randell 44), C Attwell, I Jones (C Townsend 66).

Replacements: S Parry J Lavender L Randell C Townsend T Hancock W Hodnett R Downes.

Scorers: tries – W Hodnett, E Frewen; conversions – S Sneddon, T Hancock; penalty – S Sneddon.

Referee: Leighton Hodges Argus star man: Rob Copeland

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11:15am Sun 16 Sep 12

Oddjob says...

I wonder what the rallying call will be for the next game and who's turn it is to make it? I can't wait, it should be a cracker.
I wonder what the rallying call will be for the next game and who's turn it is to make it? I can't wait, it should be a cracker. Oddjob

12:34pm Sun 16 Sep 12

Euwan Usami says...

It was like men playing boys, I didn't realise that there were regional players in the Cardiff side but they were obviously making the difference. To tell the truth I dont think anyone really cares at management level in the Premiership game. They just churn a side out each week and issue stock comments to the media before and after each game. Apparently Sven Cronk wanted a big responce after the last incredibly embarrassing home defeat to Llanelli. Yah de yah yah.... Just keep taking the money eh?
It was like men playing boys, I didn't realise that there were regional players in the Cardiff side but they were obviously making the difference. To tell the truth I dont think anyone really cares at management level in the Premiership game. They just churn a side out each week and issue stock comments to the media before and after each game. Apparently Sven Cronk wanted a big responce after the last incredibly embarrassing home defeat to Llanelli. Yah de yah yah.... Just keep taking the money eh? Euwan Usami

2:34pm Sun 16 Sep 12

fedupjon says...

When will the club realise the coaching set up is totally wrong. Last year Cronk complained about the ins and outs of Dragons players together with poor numbers at training. However that no longer applies so his excuse is that Cardiff had frige regional players that were faster and sharper.
Any coach of credibility would have resigned by now.
When will the club realise the coaching set up is totally wrong. Last year Cronk complained about the ins and outs of Dragons players together with poor numbers at training. However that no longer applies so his excuse is that Cardiff had frige regional players that were faster and sharper. Any coach of credibility would have resigned by now. fedupjon

11:20am Mon 17 Sep 12

dalesman1666 says...

For peole to say that they were suprised that cardiff had fringe regional players in the team is amazing, Off course there were, Thats what the premiership is there for. If the dragons had strength in depth they would have too. What a bemusing comment.
For peole to say that they were suprised that cardiff had fringe regional players in the team is amazing, Off course there were, Thats what the premiership is there for. If the dragons had strength in depth they would have too. What a bemusing comment. dalesman1666

1:21pm Mon 17 Sep 12

high x boy says...

Gareth Davies must be about 65 by now.
Gareth Davies must be about 65 by now. high x boy

4:57pm Mon 17 Sep 12

crosskeysgirl18 says...

Oh dear! “There are a couple of big injuries that look like long-termers.” I think Newport are in for a big shake up :)
Oh dear! “There are a couple of big injuries that look like long-termers.” I think Newport are in for a big shake up :) crosskeysgirl18

8:31pm Mon 17 Sep 12

Euwan Usami says...

dalesman1666 wrote:
For peole to say that they were suprised that cardiff had fringe regional players in the team is amazing, Off course there were, Thats what the premiership is there for. If the dragons had strength in depth they would have too. What a bemusing comment.
I dont believe anyone is expressing suprise that there were regional players in a premiership side. Newport did the same thing last year and won the fixture as a result. What's more worrying is that Sven Cronk was not aware/did not react to the inclusion and attempt to allow Newport to respond to their embarrassing home defeat to Llanelli as he called for before the game. Hence my belief that at premiership level the management don't really care about results and just spout meaningless rhetoric. The result was a record defeat for Newport v Cardiff. The game highlights were shown on scrum v yet they didn't even comment on it. Apparently no-one really gives a monkeys. Just strikes me as a bit sad. What have we done to the game in Wales?
[quote][p][bold]dalesman1666[/bold] wrote: For peole to say that they were suprised that cardiff had fringe regional players in the team is amazing, Off course there were, Thats what the premiership is there for. If the dragons had strength in depth they would have too. What a bemusing comment.[/p][/quote]I dont believe anyone is expressing suprise that there were regional players in a premiership side. Newport did the same thing last year and won the fixture as a result. What's more worrying is that Sven Cronk was not aware/did not react to the inclusion and attempt to allow Newport to respond to their embarrassing home defeat to Llanelli as he called for before the game. Hence my belief that at premiership level the management don't really care about results and just spout meaningless rhetoric. The result was a record defeat for Newport v Cardiff. The game highlights were shown on scrum v yet they didn't even comment on it. Apparently no-one really gives a monkeys. Just strikes me as a bit sad. What have we done to the game in Wales? Euwan Usami

9:59am Tue 18 Sep 12

no1poolerfan says...

This is what happens with no relegation at the end of the season, results don't really matter. The WRU ring fencing any division will result in scores like this.
This is what happens with no relegation at the end of the season, results don't really matter. The WRU ring fencing any division will result in scores like this. no1poolerfan

6:51pm Wed 19 Sep 12

Dai the Milk says...

Meaningless rugby at the so-called 'elite' end of the game ('regional' rugby) and meaningless rugby at the next tier down too. I've said it before and I'll say it again. We have created an inverted pyramid which will topple over sooner than we think. There is no strength in depth and we are relying on a few academies to produce the players of the future and put bums on seats.
Meaningless rugby at the so-called 'elite' end of the game ('regional' rugby) and meaningless rugby at the next tier down too. I've said it before and I'll say it again. We have created an inverted pyramid which will topple over sooner than we think. There is no strength in depth and we are relying on a few academies to produce the players of the future and put bums on seats. Dai the Milk

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