But if the first half belonged to Newport, then the honours went to Pontycymmer after the interval, who playing with the wind and rain, made Newport fight for every ball. A Neil Edwards try on 50 mins effectively ended the tie but Pontycymmer battled bravely to the end and fully deserved the applause as they left the field.
Newport Chairman David Watkins admitted his side had been in a game. He said: "We were obviously delighted to get through thanks to an excellent first half, but they certainly made a game of it in the second. I thought our forwards were excellent, especially in that first half."