Llanelli restore pride with win
A FINE second-half display ensured there would be no Rodney Park double over visitors from Llanelli.
After the Dragons' defeat of the Scarlets on Friday, there would have been high hopes of another home victory.
And those hopes would have been boosted at the end of the first period, hen Newport led 0-9.
But Llanelli, determined to fight back from their midweek loss to Carmarthen Quins, battled back strongly after the break to claim the points.
It was the visitors who opened the scoring when fly-half Nic Damjanovic fired over a penalty from distance.
The hosts hit back when Tyler Morgan raced through a gap in the centre and they stayed in front at the interval despite two more penalties by Damjanovic.
But the second half belonged to Llanelli.
Prop Rhys Thomas scored out wide to put Anthony Buchanan's men ahead, before full-back Steffan Evans created an excellent try for flanker Dan Thomas.
The hosts hit back when Matt O'Brien struck a penalty and they narrowed the gap to a point when they were awarded a penalty try after Morgan was pulled back by Stuart Leach.
But Llanelli clinched victory when Evans intercepted and raced away to score in the corner for a try converted by Damjanovic.
Newport : Tries — T. Morgan, pen try. Cons: E. Davies, M. O'Brien. Pens: E. Davies, M. O'Brien.
Llanelli : Tries: R. Thomas, D. Thomas, S. Evans. Cons: N. Damjanovic (2). Pens: N. Damjanovic (3).