We played top of the table Bedwas last week and we play top of the table Pontypridd on Saturday. Newport just managed a win at Rodney Parade in September and the Sardis Road outfit will be looking for revenge. Games between us are usually high-scoring and are always entertaining and supporters can look forward to more of the same on Ponty’s fast, artificial surface.
Injuries and unavailability force the Black & Ambers to make several changes to a winning side. It’s all change in the front row with Nicky Boyce, Evan Whitson and Tom Piper getting the nod. A fit again Joe Bartlett comes into the second row to partner Rhys Cresswell. Morgan Burgess and Josh Reid return to join Joe Cullimore in a very mobile back row.
Ryan James comes in to partner Matt O’Brien at half back with Haydn Palmer, Adam Sabri, Chay Smith and Corey Howells forming the threequarters as the last game. Geraint O’Driscoll takes up his usual full back spot.
Newport: Nicky Boyce, Evan Whitson, Tom Piper, Rhys Cresswell, Joe Bartlett, Morgan Burgess, Josh Reid, Ryan James, Matt O’Brien, Haydn Palmer, Adam Sabri, Chay Smith, Corey Howells, Geraint O’Driscoll.
Replacements: Matt Prosser, Henry Palmer, Garin Harris, Gavin Bilton, Alex Everett, Ryan Bates, Haydn Simons, Tom Pascoe.
Kick off is at 1 PM so that supporters can watch the international.