Photographer: Alyn Humphreys
Charlie Johnson on his way to scoring for The Wanderers.
Glamorgan Wanderers 20
“We could have had no complaints if we’d lost” said a relieved team manager Darren Joy as the Wanderers held out for victory. On a damp and dismal afternoon the home side were under immense pressure from an excellent Newport eight ably lead by ex-Wanderer Dai Pattison but owed their victory to some superior decision making during a tense second half.
The game began brightly and the Wanderers were first on the attack. After a series of rucks Charlie Johnson made a break and ignoring his support he stepped inside 2 defenders and crashed over under the posts. James Thomas converted and the home side lead 7-0. Newport began to find their feet and their scrum began to get on top of the Wanderers eight. After a break and kick ahead they were presented with a line-out deep in Wanderers territory. Good back of the line ball allowed the visitors eight to drive into the Wanderers defence and they were awarded with a penalty. James Dixon was successful with the kick to reduce the arrears to 7-3. Soon afterwards they were on the attack again. Turnover ball allowed them to drive up-field and only an infringement at a ruck saved the Wanderers. Declining the 3 points Newport kicked for the corner and using their dominance upfront the Black & Ambers pack sent Andrew Coombs crashing over to put the visitors in front. Dixon converted. As the half progressed the home side line came under more and more pressure. Newport had all the possession but found the way to the line difficult to find. A series of scrums and penalty awards against the Wanderers seemed to be delaying an inevitable Newport score but when the ball reached the backs their move broke down and the Wanderers cleared their lines. As the half came to a close Dixon had a long range chance to increase the lead which fell short and Luke Ford saw a chance for the wanderers go wide and the sides went into the break 7-10.
The second half saw the wanderers change their half-backs and the play was characterised by the Newport eight dominating but the Wanderers making better use of their possession. An early infringement at a scrum allowed Dixon to increase the lead but the home side came back strongly. Luke Ford saw another kick go wide but a charge down at the 22 restart gave the wanderers their chance. Mark Roper made a break and Sam Warbuton charged onto the ball only to be held up short. The ball was re-cycled and after a series of rucks Dafydd Hewitt crossed near the posts. Ford converted and the Wanderers were back in front. The lead was short lived as Dixon was handed a penalty from the Kick Off and Newport lead 14-16. As the game entered its final quarter the home side used their ball intelligently. Kicks deep into the visitors half made it more difficult for Newport to create scoring chances. After one up and under a penalty at a ruck gave the lead back to the Wanderers as Ford was given a penalty chance. Newport were then chasing the game but the home side kept hold of the territory. In the dying minutes a drive from a line-out and subsequent succession of rucks allowed Mark Roper to slot over a drop goal to extend he Wanderers lead. The final minutes saw the Wanderers survive a few scares but they held on for the win.
Reporter : Alyn Humphreys
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