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03 December 2018 / Club News

The Black and Amber's shock league leaders.

BLACK AND AMBERS SHOCK THE IRONMEN ONCE AGAIN.

MERTHYR 28 NEWPORT 30 (at the wern spots complex Saturday 1st December).

For the second year running the Black and Ambers of Newport shocked the ironmen on their own ground as they snatched a 28-30 win in an exciting game that swung back and fore, as the lead changed hands several times. Merthyr were guilty once again in the early exchanges of not kicking their penalties, has they turned down two kickable penalties opting for the kick to touch. However, when Newport were caught off side for a third time deep inside their own 25, Merthyr once again kicked for touch, but this time the catch and drive was perfect which saw the Merthyr pack drive Newport over their own line, with hooker Matthew Dwyer claiming the try, Matthew Jarvis converted and the ironmen had taken the lead 7-0. Merthyr were then dealt a double blow after they lost both starting props, Ben Warren and Sam Hobbs through injury. This was shorted lived as Newport were awarded a penalty after second row McBride was adjudged to taken is opposite number in the air, outside half Hayden Simons making no mistake to close the gap 7-3. Newport’s backs looked very dangerous all afternoon as they spread the ball wide at every opportunity. Newport then took the lead when their backs swiftly moved the ball deep inside the Merthyr half with Simons linking with Bates before a gap was created which found centre Chay Smith in space to race over in under the posts, Simons converted to give the Black and ambers a 7-10 lead. Both teams then were reduced to 14 men when Match referee Ian Davies yellow carded both Hookers for deliberately collapsing the scrum. Newport extended their lead further when Merthyr were once again caught offside in mid-field and Simons made on mistake with the three points, and it gave Newport a 7-13 lead. Back came Merthyr with a tremendous pick up and drive from prop forward Louis Jones who barged his way up field with defenders bouncing off him, and when he was, eventually stopped he found scrum half Adam Hoskins in space who raced clear to score, Jarvis converted, and the ironmen had taken the lead back 14-13. As he second half began it was the ironmen on the attack as they took the game to Newport a fine  catch and drive from second row Locke got his forwards driving down field and when the ball was recycled Hoskins brought his backs into play, but a drop pass in mid-field was scooped up wingman Harri Lang who race away clear for the try, Simons converted and Newport had re taken the lead 14-20. Back came, Merthyr and after several drives Newport second row Taylor was yellow carded for pulling the drive down. Merthyr kicked deep into touch as they pinned Newport back near their own line. From the lineout the Merthyr pack drove towards the line and it was the turn of prop Louis Jones to crash over the white wash for the score, Jarvis converted, and the game swung back to Merthyr by 1 point 21-20. Newport got their noses back in front once again as Merthyr were caught offside in mid-field.  Simons made no mistake with the 35-meter kick and Newport had snatched the lead back 21-23. Newport began to struggle at the set piece with only 7 men in the pack and this was soon exploited by the ironmen has they drove Newport back at a scum just inside the half way line. Replacement outside half Powell found touch once again deep inside the Newport 25. From the catch and drive the Merthyr pack drove Newport back over their own line once again with hooker Matthew Dwyer latching onto the ball to crash over for Merthyr’s bonus point try, Jarvis converted to give the ironmen the lead back 28-23 with 10 minutes remaining. As the rain began to fall the ball began hard to handle and a dropped pass from Powell put Newport on the front foot once again which saw Merthyr give away a penalty on the half way line. Simons slotted the ball deep inside the Merthyr 25. From the lineout won by backrow man Burgess Newport got their back line moving and a swift passing move found full back Elliot Frewen in space to race clear and touch down for the try, this drew the side level at 28-28, however Simons made no mistake with the conversion and Newport had a 2 point lead with time running out on the clock. It was a frantic last 5 minutes as the ironmen looked for a score. Merthyr moved the ball from deep inside their own half and caught Newport off side in mid-field. The kick was slotted deep inside the Newport 22-meter line. The drive from the lineout edged towards the Newport line as Merthyr got closer and closer to the try line and a score looked on the cards but, somehow the forwards lost possession and Newport cleared the danger to run out winners 28-30. This was a game that swung one way and then the other. It was a disappointing defeat for the league leaders, but they must learn from the loss that sometimes penalties should be kicked at goal, to get your side in front. However, the ironmen still remain 5 points clear over rivals Pontypridd, but they face another two important home games when they firstly face Carmarthen Quins at home this Friday, live on tv, followed by the much-improved Cardiff at home live on tv the following Friday.

MERTHYR, 15 M JARVIS,14 K EVANS,13 A THOMAS,12 A PINCHES,11 L WILLIAMS,10 G DAVIES,9 A HOSKINS,1 S HOBBS, 2 M DWYER,3 B WARREN,4 P MACBRIDE,5 C LOCKE© 6 N WHITE,7 J PERKINS,8 H BARNES, 16 I MORRIS, 17 L JONES, 18 N TREVETT, 19 P REES, 20 J THOMAS, 21 J JAMES,22 R POWELL, 23 J MARTIN.

Scorers, M Dwyer 2t, L Jones 1t, A Hoskins 1t, M Jarvis 4c

Referee Ian Davies(Bridgend).              

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