Newport Look Forward To Pontypridd Test

The Black & Ambers need to forget about that last kick loss to Ebbw Vale as they prepare to face another side at the top end of the table. They can’t afford to lose concentration against a team that is always hard to beat.

Pontypridd will be hurting after going down to a rampant Llandovery in front of the TV cameras and conceding 48 points in doing so. They are still in sight of the top spot and will be determined to get back on track. Games between these two sides are usually high-scoring, entertaining affairs and this one will be no different.

The Newport coaching team will be keen to rectify the errors that caused last Saturday’s loss and the players will also be keen to put in a good performance. The medical team will have been busy too as they try to patch up some injured players.

Newport: Lewis Smout, Henry Palmer, Tom Piper, Joe Bartlett, Dan Partridge, Morgan Burgess, Kyle Tayler, Mathew Reed, Ryan James, Matt O’Brien, Jon Morris, Tom Pascoe, Chay Smith, Duan Thomas, Geraint O’Driscoll.

Replacements: Will Evans, Dan Preece, Garin Harris, Andy Mann, Rhys Jenkins, Tom Lucas, Haydn Simons, Sion Summers.

Referee: Tom Spurrier

AR1: Jason Bessant

AR2: Mark Butcher

Kick-off: 2:30 PM

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
Newport 29 16 2 11 726 678 83
Aberavon 25 16 2 7 569 478 78
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 26 1 0 25 367 1026 3