NEWPORT aim to repeat their 2001 heroics in the WRU National Cup when they return to Principality Stadium on Sunday.

The Black and Ambers gave the great Gary Teichmann the perfect send-off 17 years ago when they triumphed 13-8 against Neath in the capital.

Newport had to hold firm in the face of late pressure from the Welsh All Blacks in a tense final to repeat their 1977 triumph.

The Black and Ambers, coached by Allan Lewis, made it to the final by beating UWIC (47-17) and Aberavon (56-18) at Rodney Parade, triumphing away at Dunvant (62-14) and then beating Ebbw Vale 19-12 at Principality Stadium.

At half-time it was 3-3 after penalties were traded by Shane Williams and Shane Howarth.

Former South Africa prop Adrian Garvey went over from a lineout drive to make it 10-3 to the Black and Ambers only for wing Kevin James to make it a two-point game.

Howarth crucially provided some breathing space with a drop goal and desperate defence led to Teichmann lifting the trophy aloft and then the party moving on to Rodney Parade.

Newport: Matt Pini; Matt Mostyn, Matthew J Watkins, Andy Marinos, Emyr Lewis; Shane Howarth, Dale Burn, Rod Snow, James Richards, Adrian Garvey, Simon Raiwalui, Ian Gough, Peter Buxton, Jason Forster, Gary Teichmann (captain).

Replacements: Ceri Jones, Paul Young, Gareth Taylor, Alix Popham, Jonathan Pritchard, Scott Mitchell, Darren Edwards.

(PICTURES: Argus photographers Mark Lewis, Mike Lewis and Steve Phillips)