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Smart Mart clincher; Newport 25 Glasgow 10.

Winger Martin Llewellyn's late try set up Newport's second European Conference victory at Rodney Parade.

The Scots produced a late flourish after Newport had opened up an 18- 3 lead in 53 minutes, but Newport wrapped it up with their third try five minutes from time.

Newport have been hard hit by injuries and both clubs were heavily defeated a week ago in the Conference. So both were anxious to get back on the winning trail.

The home boys had the first chance to go in front, but outside half Shaun Connor was badly adrift with a penalty.

Glasgow eventually broke out, with locks Shade Munro and Malcolm Norval winning line-out ball and No 8 David McLeish worrying the Newport defence.

But Newport had a let-off as full back Craig Sangster fired wide with a short-range penalty. Sangster, however, was on target to put the visitors in front in the 17th minute when Newport were penalised again for offside.

It proved a shortlived lead as Connor slotted two penalties to edge his side in front.

Then came John Colderley's defence-splitting run and a David Smith try which was unconverted, but gave Newport an 11-3 half-time lead.

Glasgow were pinned back and involved in a series of scrums close to the line early in the second half.

Prop Jim Alvis almost snapped up a try for Newport, but the pressure told in the end with Connor darting through for a try under the posts which he also converted.

It needed a try-saving tackle on scrum-half Jamie Weston a few yards from the corner flag to deny the Scots a try as they hit back, and Glasgow produced some smart handling and driving forward play for a long spell.

Weston laid on the scoring pass for flanker Murray Wallace to go over for a try near the posts, andSangster converted.

In a lively finale, Glasgow centre Alan Bulloch worried Newport with a sharp run and Sangster was wide with a penalty shot.

But five minutes from time, substitute fly-half Alex Lawson broke away for Newport and supplied the crucial pass which saw left wing Llewellyn cross for the final try. Lawson converted from wide out.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Clifford, Brin
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 27, 1996
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