The Black and Ambers travel to Sardis Road on Saturday in good spirit following their first-round victory over Swansea and their fine away win at Bridgend in the league. Wins against Pontypridd are difficult to get and they are a tough side to play, home or away. Newport still have a lot to play for in the league but a good cup run would be very welcome.
Newport make a couple of adjustments to the pack who had Bridgend in all sorts of trouble. In the backs, Elliot Frewen returns after his Wales Sevens experience.
Newport: 1) John Lavender, 2) Henry Palmer, 3) Garin Harris, 4) Dan Mock, 5) Dan Partridge, 6) Rhodri Jones, 7) Rhys Jenkins, 8) Reuben Tucker, 9) Owen Davies, 10) Matt O’Brien, 11) Elliot Frewen, 12) Chay Smith, 13) Tom Pascoe, 14) Wes Cunliffe, 15) Llywarch Ap Myrddin
Replacements: Will Evans, Matt Prosser, Tom Piper, Kyle Taylor, Jon Morris, Ryan James, Geraint O’Driscoll, Haydn Palmer.
Referee: Aled Evans