Newport slipped to a first home defeat of the season on Saturday losing to visitors Sheffield. Defensive lapses allowed Sheffield to build a commanding points tally that Newport were always going to find difficult to overturn given the traditionally strong defence of the men from South Yorkshire.
Sheffield opened the scoring with an early penalty. Newport responded well by building some pressure but were then guilty of over pressing when a speculative floated pass was intercepted at half way for Sheffield to run in a try under the posts. Newport again responded well, building good pressure resulting in a long pass by Benny Elliot being picked up by winger Sam Evans to run in for the score.
Any Newport momentum was snuffed out almost immediately however when Sheffield found a seam in the centre of the Newport defence and again were able to run in a try from half way. A few minutes later Sheffield added to the score by virtue of a miss pass creating the overlap for another try. Worse was to follow for Newport when another speculative floated pass was intercepted at half way again to be run in by Sheffield for the try. The half time score of Newport five, Sheffield twenty seven gave the home side a mountain to climb.
Newport battled well in the second half but found it difficult to breach an obdurate Sheffield defence who certainly looked like they had decided to defend what they had. Some hope came to Newport after sixty minutes when they scored a try under the posts but that proved to be the last
addition to the scoreboard.
Overall then a disappointing afternoon for Newport who have slipped to eighth in the table albeit with a game in hand. Next week sees an away fixture against top of the table Bournville, a game that will see Newport looking to send a statement and renew their push toward the top of the table.