Black & Ambers Welcome Neath to Rodney Parade

Newport get a chance to continue the winning run when they welcome Neath to Rodney Parade on Friday. After a worrying spell since the turn of the year two victories, a good win against Llanelli and a scrappy win against Bridgend, have seen a bit of confidence return to the squad.

Neath’s problems have been well documented and they are preparing to start next season in the Championship. A club of their standing will be determined to get back to the top level and their rebuilding, on and off the field, has started. Mike Price, the Neath secretary, has seen some ups and downs in his many years at the Gnoll and his steadying influence and dedication will help put them back where they belong.

The Black and Ambers are probably safe from relegation and their thoughts will now turn to qualification for the proposed Wales-Scottish competition planned to take place at the end of next season. It might be that only the top six Welsh clubs will participate so there’s a need to make sure that we’re up there.

The coaching team have some problems as injury and unavailability will see our options reduced for Friday. Team will be selected after fitness checks at Thursday’s training session.

Supporters get the chance to see Jon Morris continue his comeback from injury and Harri Lang begin his comeback.  The biggest surprise is former Rodney Parade favourite Scott Williams come straight in at centre.

Newport:  Lewis Smout, Henry Palmer, Garin Harris, Andrew Mann, Josh Skinner, Morgan Burgess, Josh Reid, Mathew Reed, Tom Lucas, Haydn Simons, Jon Morris, Scott Williams, Chay Smith, Harri Lang, Elliot Frewen.

Replacements:  Dan Preece, Will Evans, Tom Piper, Rhys Cresswell, Chris Williams, Ryan James, Andy Evans, Duan Thomas.

 

Referee: Carwyn Williams

AR1: Mike English

AR2: Lee Gibbs

Kick-off: 7:15

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 30 23 0 7 885 593 117
Cardiff 30 22 1 7 991 660 111
Pontypridd 30 22 0 8 1015 580 110
Llandovery 30 21 1 8 856 551 104
Ebbw Vale 30 20 1 9 762 594 95
Aberavon 30 18 2 10 698 603 90
Newport 30 17 2 11 759 700 88
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 30 14 1 15 852 650 85
Swansea 30 16 0 14 674 594 81
Carmarthen Quins 30 13 1 16 637 584 71
Bridgend Ravens 30 12 0 18 689 714 66
Llanelli 30 12 1 17 679 723 63
Bedwas 30 12 1 17 681 830 62
Cross Keys 30 5 1 24 586 1093 36
Bargoed 30 6 0 24 576 1003 35
Neath 30 1 0 29 406 1274 3