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 18 15 0 3 534 302 76
Pontypridd 18 14 0 4 638 338 68
Cardiff 18 13 1 4 551 379 67
Ebbw Vale 18 13 1 4 397 292 62
Newport 18 12 0 6 470 430 57
Llandovery 18 11 1 6 506 321 57
Aberavon 17 11 1 5 402 355 53
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 17 9 0 8 444 354 50
Carmarthen Quins 18 9 0 9 394 340 47
Swansea 17 8 0 9 371 349 41
Cross Keys 17 4 1 12 379 562 28
Bridgend Ravens 16 5 0 11 316 424 27
Llanelli 18 4 1 13 337 499 25
Bedwas 17 4 0 13 341 527 23
Bargoed 17 3 0 14 327 574 17
Neath 16 1 0 15 261 622 3