Newport beat Ponty to set up Principality Stadium final against old foes Cardiff

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RETURN: Newport will defend the Premiership Cup against Cardiff
RETURN: Newport will defend the Premiership Cup against Cardiff

NEWPORT RFC will take on old rivals Cardiff in the Premiership Cup final next month.

The Black and Ambers, who lifted the trophy last year, earned a return to Principality Stadium on Sunday, April 23 with an impressive 26-10 win against Pontypridd.

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Ty Morris men took an early lead at Bridgend's Brewery Field thanks to a try by loosehead Thomas Davies.

Matt O'Brien converted and then repeated the trick when wing Sam Jones crossed.

Ponty cut the gap with a Iestyn Griffiths try after scrum-half Daf Buckland was sin-binned but he scored on his return to the field to make it 19-5 at the break.

Jones went over again in the second half before a consolation score by Dale Stuckey.

Newport will be underdogs for the final against a Cardiff side that cruised to a 52-15 win over RGC in Merthyr.

The clubs last met in a final in 1986 when Cardiff won 28-21 while Newport famously took the spoils 16-15 in 1977.

The Black and Ambers aim to join the Blue and Blacks in the Premiership play-offs with a key run of games before the Principality Stadium date.

Morris' men have a reunion with Ponty at Sardis Road on Thursday, the first of five fixtures in 17 days.