NEWPORT vs. CARDIFF

WRU National Cup – Round 1, Newport v RGC 1404 at Cardiff Arms Park in Cardiff, South Wales on Saturday 5 January 2019.
Pictures by Simon Latham

After the disappointment of last Saturday’s cup defeat the Black & Ambers will be glad to get back to league action at Rodney Parade on a Saturday afternoon.  Games between Newport and Cardiff are always keenly contested but this one is extra special as Craig Warlow’s men feel that the game at Cardiff Arms Park is one that got away.  After being in control for most of the game a couple of defensive lapses saw the Blue and Blacks get the win.  The two sides are third and fifth in the league and both will be looking to consolidate their position.

Cardiff are on a good run having beaten Merthyr and Pontypridd recently and getting a big win against Tata in the cup. 

Newport have an early chance to rectify the mistakes made last Saturday and once again the coaching team has some interesting decisions to make when selecting the team.

Newport: Dan Preece, Will Evans, Tom Piper, Joe Bartlett, Dan Partridge, Andy Mann, Kyle Tayler, Mathew Reed, Ryan James, Matt O’Brien, Elliot Frewen, Geraint O’Driscoll, Chay Smith, Harri Lang, David Richards.

Replacements:  Henry Palmer, Lewis Smout, Garin Harris, Morgan Burgess, Chris Williams, Tom Lucas, Haydn Simons, Haydn Palmer.

Referee:  Nigel Owens

AR1:  Aled Liddington

AR2:  Peter Mortimer

Kick-off:  2:30PM

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