Newport vs. Cardiff

After a below par performance at Parc Y Scarlets the Black & Ambers will need to be at the top of their game on Saturday when they face a Cardiff outfit who are yet to lose a game this season.   The Blue and Blacks are in a good place with some fine wins and even when they are not playing well they still know how to win. They sit at the top of the league table, 12 points clear of second placed Pontypridd.

Someone once said “Never judge Newport’s next performance by their last!”. Let’s hope that’s true as we need a big turnaround for this game.

The coaching team is hoping to have players back from unavailability and injury for this game and they could have some difficult decisions to make in certain positions.

Dan Preece comes in at loose-head prop alongside Matt Dwyer who made an impacxt when he came on against Bridgend. Skipper, Rhys Jenkins, and Josh Skinner return in the back row. Fit again, Adam Jones gets the twelve jersey with Connor Edwards as his centre partner.

Newport: Dan Preece, Matt Dwyer, Garin Harris, Andrew Mann, Joe Bartlett, Josh Skinner, Josh Reid, Rhys Jenkins (Capt.), Luke Crane, Matt O’Brien, Elliot Frewen, Adam Jones, Conner Edwards, Jon Morris, Llywarch Al Myrddin.

Replacements: Lewis Smout, Henry Palmer, Tom Piper, Morgan Burgess, Kyle Tayler, Dafydd Buckland, Geraint O’Driscoll, Ryan Gardner.

 

Referee: Elgan Williams

AR1: Neil Perkins

AR2: Dai Swain

 

Kick off: 2:30 PM

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Cardiff 16 13 0 3 396 243 61
Carmarthen Quins 17 10 3 4 372 278 54
Aberavon 16 11 0 5 371 272 53
Llandovery 16 9 2 5 344 285 48
Pontypridd 18 10 0 8 394 376 47
Merthyr 18 8 0 10 362 374 44
RGC 1404 17 8 1 8 409 381 43
Newport 15 7 0 8 294 278 37
Swansea 17 7 0 10 246 292 35
Llanelli 15 6 0 9 293 412 27
Ebbw Vale 17 4 2 11 283 351 27
Bridgend Ravens 18 3 0 15 271 493 19