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 27 21 0 6 798 501 107
Llandovery 28 20 1 7 803 492 98
Cardiff 26 19 1 6 771 547 95
Ebbw Vale 28 19 1 8 671 512 90
Pontypridd 25 18 0 7 840 480 89
Aberavon 26 17 2 7 612 490 83
Newport 29 16 2 11 726 678 83
Swansea 28 15 0 13 625 552 75
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 26 12 1 13 669 556 73
Carmarthen Quins 29 13 1 15 616 544 71
Llanelli 29 11 1 17 622 710 58
Bedwas 28 10 1 17 615 786 52
Bridgend Ravens 26 9 0 17 544 651 50
Cross Keys 27 5 1 21 552 925 35
Bargoed 27 6 0 21 522 872 33
Neath 27 1 0 26 379 1069 3