Carmarthen 25 Newport 28

First published in Sport

NEWPORT coach Sven Cronk was full of praise for his side’s spirit and the finishing skills of wing Elliott Frewen, who grabbed the Black and Ambers a late winning try at Carmarthen Park.

The Gwent outfit were staring at a fourth defeat in five outings as the Quins led 25-16 going into the final quarter.

But a late rally which included a fine finish from No 8 Craig Everett and then a 70-metre dash into the left corner from 25-year-old Frewen in the fifth minute of injury time sent Newport into raptures and also handed them a bonus point.

“Despite the clock running down we knew there was plenty of time left and there is plenty of spirit in the group,” said Cronk. “We know Elliott can finish, but that try at the end I think was his best finish yet.”

When Frewen, Newport’s leading try-scorer last season, picked up the ball in his own 22 nothing much looked on but he sprinted for his life down the flank, and just when the home defence seemed to have regrouped he put on the after-burners and made it into the left corner.

The Quins, who had to make do with a losing bonus point, probably thought they had the game sewn up after brothers Andrew and Chris Banfield scored tries in the space of three minutes to open up a 25-16 lead on the hour mark.

Newport had led 11-8 at half-time and then 16-11 shortly afterwards with a first-half try from Ryan Prosser and Frewen’s first 10 minutes into the second half.

Cronk put the victory down to a good team spirit in the camp.

“I think we deserved everything we got.

“We are full of heart and commitment, which on the back of Wednesday’s home defeat to Bedwas is a credit to the players.

“We came through and it is a testament to the group.”

On the downside he added: “We are talking about building our game but it’s individual errors which are affecting our game.

“People put pressure on us from outside but we are an honest group of people. We were not helped that we were without 10 players – four centre and two tighthead props. We get a win down in Carmarthen so we will take it.”

Comments (4)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

11:47am Mon 24 Sep 12

Dai the Milk says...

Well done Newport. Not an easy place to play.
Well done Newport. Not an easy place to play. Dai the Milk
  • Score: 0

11:47am Mon 24 Sep 12

Dai the Milk says...

Well done Newport. Not an easy place to play.
Well done Newport. Not an easy place to play. Dai the Milk
  • Score: 0

4:35pm Mon 24 Sep 12

Robert Shillabeer says...

Yes a good result, close but welcome.
Yes a good result, close but welcome. Robert Shillabeer
  • Score: 0

6:56pm Mon 24 Sep 12

Euwan Usami says...

Great day out in Camarthen, sat in the sunshine and watched Newport steal it just as Bedwas nicked a result at RP midweek. Elliot's try was better than described above to be fair and came from over ambitious handling from Newport, trapped on their own line and desperately looking for a way out with the clock ticking down. Quins turned them over and just when a stroll in looked inevitable Elliot got his hands on in on his own line, sprinted out of the danger area, waited for the covering full back to come across before stepping inside him and pinning his ears back to score in the far corner.
Great try, great finish to a great day. Makes a nice change too! :)
Great day out in Camarthen, sat in the sunshine and watched Newport steal it just as Bedwas nicked a result at RP midweek. Elliot's try was better than described above to be fair and came from over ambitious handling from Newport, trapped on their own line and desperately looking for a way out with the clock ticking down. Quins turned them over and just when a stroll in looked inevitable Elliot got his hands on in on his own line, sprinted out of the danger area, waited for the covering full back to come across before stepping inside him and pinning his ears back to score in the far corner. Great try, great finish to a great day. Makes a nice change too! :) Euwan Usami
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree