Newport make the short journey down the A48 to Cardiff Arms Park to play the oldest derby in Welsh rugby – perhaps the oldest derby in world rugby. Games against Cardiff RFC are not the huge occasions they used to be but they are still played with passion and still mean so much to players and supporters. The blue and Blacks are yet to record a win but they have had a tough start to the season. First up was a home game against Merthyr where the hosts were 15-0 ahead and 18-17 up after 80 minutes but lost the game in jury time. Next was a visit to Llandovery where the Drovers ran out easy winners. We can be sure that they will be keen to get their season back on track and they would be delighted if it was at the expense of their oldest rivals.
The Black & Ambers have had two fine victories although the sublime performance at Carmarthen was followed by a patchy game against Bargoed. Perhaps it’s unfair to be critical after a bonus point win but the coaches and players have set high standards and will be looking for improvement on Saturday.
The coaching team make several changes as they look to keep the squad fresh and competitive.
Newport: Lewis Smout, Evan Whitson, Tom Piper, Andy Man, Rynard Landman, Morgan Burgess, Josh Reid, Chris Williams, Ryan James, Matt O’Brien, Harri Lang, Tom Pascoe, Chay Smith, Jon Morris, Elliot Frewen.
Replacements: Henry Palmer, Jack Williams, Garin Harris, Rhys Cresswell, Rhys Jenkins, Geraint Watkin, Matt McGovern, David Richards.
Kick off: 2:30