ABERAVON vs. NEWPORT

Newport head to the Talbot Athletic Ground to play a strong Aberavon team knowing a defeat will see the home team leapfrog over them to take that important sixth place in the Premier League. The Aberavon team has been very consistent over the last few seasons and play an attractive brand of winning rugby. They will attack from all areas of the pitch and like to keep the ball in hand and move it quickly.   They can also play the tight game as they showed last time out when they beat a strong, physical Merthyr outfit.

The Black & Ambers were disappointed that last week’s game against Llanelli was postponed (to Friday 22nd February) as they needed to get some game time to iron out the errors that they made in the draw against Bedwas. There are some ‘must win’ games coming up and this one would be a good start.

The team will be selected at Thursday’s training session and it wood be great to see the return of a few injured players. Geraint O’Driscoll and Tom Pascoe are just about there and John Morris in a few weeks.

Tom Pascoe makes his return on the bench.

Newport: Dan Preece, Will Evans, Tom Piper, Huw Taylor, Joe Bartlett, Josh Skinner, Kyle Tayler, Mathew Reed, Ryan James, Matt O’Brien, Andy Evans, Lloyd White, Chay Smith, Duan Thomas, Dai Richards.

Replacements: Lewis Smout, Henry Palmer, Garin Harris, Andy Mann, Morgan Burgess, Geraint Watkin, Tom Pascoe, Haydn Simons.

 

 

Referee: Dewi Phillips

AR1: Dai Cambourne

AR2: Steffan Davies

Kick-off: 7:15

 

 

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 21 17 0 4 612 340 86
Cardiff 21 16 1 4 647 430 81
Pontypridd 20 16 0 4 714 357 78
Ebbw Vale 21 15 1 5 474 348 71
Newport 22 13 2 7 559 499 68
Llandovery 21 13 1 7 572 381 66
Aberavon 20 13 2 5 440 382 63
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 19 10 0 9 496 410 56
Swansea 21 11 0 10 480 421 55
Carmarthen Quins 22 10 0 12 456 420 53
Llanelli 22 6 1 15 421 579 34
Bridgend Ravens 19 6 0 13 362 472 33
Cross Keys 21 5 1 15 437 661 33
Bedwas 21 5 1 15 441 614 30
Bargoed 20 3 0 17 361 683 18
Neath 19 1 0 18 287 762 3