Newport Aim to Finish on a High

Newport face a Llandovery team riding high in the league table. Always a difficult side to play against with a strong pack and a very fast and elusive back division. In the away fixture the Black & ambers just couldn’t get going and the home team exploited every mistake or wrong decision to run out 43-10 winners.

Whereas Llandovery still have a mathematical chance of overtaking league leaders, Merthyr, there is nothing on this game for the home side. That said, they are sure to want to put on a good performance in front of the loyal supporters and without any pressure we could see some entertaining rugby.

After a long season, several players are carrying injuries but the coaching team can still select a strong team. There are also players on view who the coaches will be looking at with thoughts of next season.

 

Newport: Dan Preece, Evan Whitson, Garin Harris, Joe Bartlett, Dan Partridge, Andrew Mann, Kyle Tayler, Mathew Reed, Geraint Watkin, Matt O’Brien, Elliot Frewen, Jack Wright, Chay Smith, Jon Morris, Geraint O’Driscoll.

Replacements: Matt Prosser, Lewis Smout, Harri Seward, Josh Reid, Tom Hoppe, Tom Lucas, Haydn Simons, Duan Thomas.

Referee: Mike English

AR1: Simon Rees

AR2: Peter Mortimer

Kick-off: 2:30

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