Newport 'brutally honest' after derby defeat – Craig Attwell
NEWPORT’S players have been “brutally honest” with each other in the wake of their defeat to big rivals Cardiff, admitting their performance “just wasn’t good enough”.
Black and Ambers openside flanker Craig Attwell candidly confessed how he and his teammates did plenty of straight talking after that 32-17 setback at Cardiff Arms Park.
They had gone there with high hopes after a six-try 52-28 demolition of Swansea at Rodney Parade early this month only to come seriously unstuck a fortnight ago.
Newport found themselves 15-0 down in less than a quarter of an hour after leaking three unconverted tries, although they did fight back and nearly grab a bonus point or two.
That loss means Newport have just one win from five league matches with high flying Llandovery looming away on Saturday.
“It has been a difficult start to the season for us,” the 22-year-old Attwell said. “But we have played three of the four sides in the league who’ve qualified for the British and Irish Cup, so we’ve got those games out of the way.
“After the Cardiff game, we were brutally honest with each other and said our performance just wasn’t good enough.
“We just have to take that on the chin. It’s just so frustrating because we know we have so many quality players who can do really well.
“It was good to have that honesty session and we had our best training session of the season on Tuesday – there was a real buzz about the place.”
The Wales Under-20s man, who returned to action in September after a five-month absence with a wrist injury, added: “We put together an excellent performance against Swansea and then didn’t back it up against Cardiff.
“We conceded three tries in the first ten minutes but did well to get right back in the game.”
On their trip to face the Drovers, who are fourth in the Principality Premiership after three victories, a draw and one defeat, Attwell added: “There’s no hiding place for us – it’s all down to us. Llandovery is a tough place to go and they have been there or thereabouts for the last couple of years in the league.
“But we have nothing to worry about and we have to back ourselves because we have the boys who can do the job against anyone in the league, home or away.”