What the papers Say – Huw S Thomas reports:
The Drovers finished their season with a swashbuckling performance in which they outscored Newport by seven tries to three.
They finished the season tied third with Cross Keys on 69 points but lost out on a play off place through the Gwent side having won more games.
Coach Lyndon Lewis was in phlegmatic mood. “We did not expect to feature this year as we had to rebuild the squad but a narrow Swalec Cup semi final defeat and a fourth place in the Premiership are testament to the competitiveness of the side,” said Lewis. “We are a small club on a small budget who manage to punch above our weight. The players have developed into a competitive squad as the season has progressed. The management group and board of directors are proud of their achievements, particularly when you consider the injuries to key players during the final quarter of the season.”
The Drovers played with abandon and supported the ball carrier better than the Black and Ambers in a game that had thrills and spills from the very start.
Newport wing Tom James got a first minute try but the Drovers then ran in four tries into the breeze with centre Craig Woodall, wing Sam Soul, fly half Ian Brooks and skipper Phil Day all obliging for a 25-13 interval lead.
Flanker Day, Man of the Match, was in irrepressible mood with another try and, although prop James Greenfield and wing Ashton Hewitt crossed for Newport, Woodall and the excellent Soul settled things in conclusive fashion.