BRIDGEND vs. NEWPORT

Newport head to the Morganstone Brewery Field on Saturday on the back of a good performance last Friday when they achieved maximum points against a useful Llanelli outfit. The Black & Ambers looked dangerous in attack and were outstanding in defence as they kick-started their campaign to climb the league table. Hard work in training paid off as forwards and backs combined to put on an impressive display.

Bridgend have also struck a bit of form and got a great victory away to Llandovery last time out. We know how difficult it is to get a result at Church Bank so will be aware of the importance of that result. In their previous game they lost to high-flying Merthyr by only seven points so they certainly have the capability to shock teams at the top end of the table.

Games between Bridgend and Newport are usually high-scoring, high-tempo games with lots of points scored so let’s hope the weather is kind to us and we see an attractive match.

The coaching team has a difficult job selecting the pack with almost everyone available. They don’t have that luxury in the backs with several players missing through injury or unavailability although we see a welcome return for wings, Jon Morris and Harri Lang. Jon goes straight in and Harri gets a place in the replacements

Newport: Lewis Smout, Henry Palmer, Garin Harris, Andy Mann, Dan Partridge, josh Skinner, Kyle Tayler, Rhys Jenkins, Geraint Watkin, Haydn Simons, Andrew Evans, Tom Pascoe, Chay Smith, Jon Morris, Elliot Frewen.

Replacements: Dan Preece, Evan Whitson, Tom Piper, Morgan Burgess, Josh Reid, Tom Lucas, A N Other, Harri Lang.

Referee: Ben Breakspear

AR1: Simon Mills

AR2: Gareth Jablonski

Kick-off: 2:30 PM

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 23 18 0 5 651 393 91
Cardiff 23 18 1 4 696 469 89
Pontypridd 21 16 0 5 730 374 79
Llandovery 24 16 1 7 652 408 79
Newport 25 15 2 8 629 551 77
Ebbw Vale 24 16 1 7 541 423 76
Aberavon 22 14 2 6 485 415 69
Swansea 24 13 0 11 537 451 65
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 22 11 1 10 552 456 64
Carmarthen Quins 24 10 1 13 488 454 56
Bedwas 24 8 1 15 515 667 43
Bridgend Ravens 22 8 0 14 427 517 43
Llanelli 24 6 1 17 450 620 35
Cross Keys 22 5 1 16 452 681 34
Bargoed 23 4 0 19 400 756 22
Neath 23 1 0 22 335 905 3