Final Score Newport 30 Llanelli 19
The semi’s went down to a disappointing defeat at Rodney Parade and will need to pick themselves up and improve next time round if they’re to get anything out of their next game at Cross Keys.
In the end, it was the Newport back line that did the damage scoring two late tries to settle the outcome. The first half saw the home side dominate territory and it was only some excellent defensive work by the visitors that kept them in the game at half time. Llanelli received two yellows in the half, the first, early on when backrow Duane Eager was penalised for deliberately slowing the ball down close to the try line. An exchange of penalties from Geraint O’driscoll and Frazier Climo was the only score in the first quarter. Then on a counter attack, outside half Julian Mogg crossed under the posts for a well worked try which was also converted by O’driscoll. Llanelli kept plugging away and were rewarded with two further penalties from Climo. Right on half time the second yellow was shown to prop Aled Hopkins for persistent infringement at the scrum. At the half it was still anyone’s game at Newport 10 Llanelli 9.
A similar tone was set in the second half with the home side having the best of the possession and with strong running centre Jamie Murphy always looking dangerous it was once again time for the visitors defensive qualities to be tested. Newport increased the lead with two further penalties from O’driscoll, but like the first half Llanelli kept chipping away and Climo slotted a long range effort to keep the scores close going into the last ten minutes. Newport were now pressing hard for the winning score and a third yellow was shown to Ed Price. Pressure told and centre Murphy burst through midfield to score at the posts to seal the game. In the final minutes two further tries were added, a second for Mogg and in the dying moments a consolation score from Llanelli’s Roy Osborn. Final Score Newport 30 Llanelli 19.