NEWPORT 20, NEATH 36
Neath coach Lyn Jones believes his "shoestring" side is back in the race to capture the Welsh/Scottish League title.
"Before we played Newport I said that if we won at Rodney Parade then we would go on to win the league," said Jones.
"We have built up the pressure on the other teams at the top and we are definitely back in the hunt.
"We took the initiative up front and our desire was showing. It was a huge defensive performance and it was sweet revenge after losing at The Gnoll.
"This is probably the kick up the backside that Newport wanted. I'm sure they will come back after this."
Newport were never allowed to get their power game going up front and the back row defensive play of the veteran Rowland Phillips, Brett Sinkinson and Alfie Mocelutu made the difference on the night.
Three Shane Howarth penalties just shaded two from Lee Jarvis in an error strewn first-half, but two minutes after the break Jarvis levelled the scores with a third.
Jason Strange, who replaced the injured Howarth at half-time, then landed a 45 metre penalty into the wind to put Newport ahead again, but that man Jarvis fired over a 40 metre drop goal to make it 12-12.
Midway through the second half Neath held firm as Newport mounted a sustained onslaught, Matt Mostyn was held up ocver the line and then the Newport back were halted inches short.
Strange grabbed the lead again with a simple penalty, but a minute later Jarvis made it 15-15.
Then came the decisive moment. Jarvis kicked ahead to the Newport line, Matthew Watkins failed to pick up and Dave Tiueti gathered to cross for a try which Jarvis converted.
If Newport were rocked by that score then were nonplussed when Pat Horgan crossed after a rolling maul, Jarvis again converting.
A break by Wales centre Andy Marinos on the stroke of time allwoed Mostyn to run in a corner try, but Strange's conversion attempt his the upright.
It didn't matter, however, because Neath rounded off a brilliant night for themselves with a try at the posts from Wales hooker Barry Williams which Jarvis converted to give himself 21 points on the night.
Newport: Try: M Mostyn; Pens: S Howarth 3, J Strange 2. Neath: Tries; D Tiueti, P Horgan, B Williams; Cons: L Jarvis 3; Pens: L Jarvis 4; DG: L Jarvis.
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.