Newport Look For Return To Form

Another big test for Newport as they prepare to face high-flying Merthyr. Two weeks ago they felt they were robbed as Ebbw Vale snatched a victory with the last kick of the game but last week they were outplayed by an efficient Pontypridd outfit. Their opponents on Saturday are on form and are well on their way to a cup and league double.

The Black and Ambers were victorious at The Wern earlier in the season where they scored some slick tries and defended like demons. They will need more of that if they are to do the double over the visitors.

Newport are hit hard by injuries and unavailability but can still field a strong pack and forward replacements. With Matt O’Brien and Haydn Simons unavailable Geraint O’Driscoll plays at ten with Jon Morris slotting in at fullback. Jack Wright makes his debut at inside centre and Sion Summers starts at wing after showing up well when he came on last Sunday. In the absence of Rhys Jenkins Joe Bartlett takes the captain’s role.

Newport: Lewis Smout, Henry Palmer, Garin Harris, Joe Bartlett Capt., Dan Partridge, Andy Mann, Josh Reid, Josh Skinner, Geraint Watkin, Geraint O’Driscoll, Andy Evans, Jack Wright, Chay Smith, Sion Summers, Jon Morris.

Replacements: Dan Preece, Matt Prosser, Tom Piper, Morgan Burgess, Mathew Reed. Rhys Buckland, Tom Pascoe, Duan Thomas.

 

Referee: Mike English

AR1: Ben Porte

AR2: Peter Mortimer

 

Kick-off: 2:30 PM

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