Karl Rudzki and David Slemen were the stars of the show as a largely young NEC Harlequins side beat Newport with room to spare in their 2nd XV fixture, despite falling seven points behind early on.
Newport, with coach Richard Hill making an early return to the Stoop after his summer departure to Rodney Parade, fielded last seasons successful Welsh U19 cup winning side, including the seven foot tall lock Luke Charteris.
The Amber and Blacks were boosted by a try from flying winger David Warwick after 13 minutes thanks to a pass from fly half Michael Hook, who added the conversion from close to the touchline to give the visitors their seven point lead. Quins quickly levelled the scores when hooker Stephen Kodo was driven over from a lineout and Slemen landed the conversion.
Hook put Newport back in front five minutes later with a penalty, but Quins were soon level when Slemen responded in similar fashion. Two minutes later and Slemen added a second penalty to give Quins a lead that they were never to lose.
Slemen completed his hat-trick of penalties three minutes later to put Quins 16-10 in front, before the Liverpool born fly half forced his way over the line from 20 metres out after 32 minutes, when the home side had driven forward from a lineout. Slemen's fifth successful kick of the day pushed his personal points total to 18, as Quins moved out in front by 23-10. Five minutes from the break and the 'Slemen shuffle' almost paved the way for a second try for Kodo, though he was forced into touch five metres from the Newport line.
The second half got a little heated with one of the Newport replacements being sin-binned for a punch on Slemen, and he was joined by Quins Darryl Griffin who was deemed to have protected his fly half a little too well in the bust-up with the massive Charteris.
Quins settled the match after 63 minutes when Rudzki took the ball up field. Alton fed his winger Max Wilcocks from the ruck, who off-loaded to Tom Williams for a well worked third try that Slemen converted for a personal match tally of 20 points.
Newport tried hard to get back into the match, but the Quins defence held firm and it was Griffin who came close to adding another score when he had a try disallowed deep in stoppage time.
Harlequins fan Ed Atkin won the Etihad Airways 'Up and Under' competition at the Northampton Saints game. As a result, he and a friend have won a holiday to Abu Dhabi courtesy of Etihad Airways and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.