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Newport And Ebbw Vale Start Well

Newport And Ebbw Vale Start Well

Newport and Ebbw Vale won their opening matches in the Welsh Premiership at the expense of Caerphilly and Swansea respectively.

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Newport completed their second victory in a week as they overpowered Caerphilly 36-10 at Rodney Parade in front of 4,850 fans.

The home side scored a try after four minutes through flanker Jason Forster. They were awarded a penalty try in the 12th minute to give them a 12-point lead they never looked like surrendering.

Newport looked comfortable throughout, and pushed their total points up to 36 thanks to second-half tries from Shane Howarth, Gareth Gravell, and Adrian Garvey.

Fly half Jason Strange was in good kicking form, scoring 11 points – four conversions and a penalty goal.

Caerphilly scored two unconverted tries in the second half through Sam Cox and Ryan Howells.

Ebbw Vale gained immediate revenge for their 33-20 Celtic League defeat to Swansea with a 16-13 win over the Whites at Eugene Cross Park.

Mark Meenan opened the scoring with a third-minute penalty goal. And when Meenan converted Mark Wakley’s try the Steelmen had a deserved 10-0 lead.

Swansea replied with an Arwel Thomas penalty goal, and a try from Rory Jenkins that Thomas converted.

In a tight second period two penalty goals from Vale’s Meenan and one from Swansea’s Thomas gave Ebbw a three-point lead they defended to the final whistle to send the 1,500 strong crowd into raptures.

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