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 14 12 0 2 337 211 55
Carmarthen Quins 13 9 1 3 319 229 45
Aberavon 13 9 0 4 293 223 43
Merthyr 15 8 0 7 316 311 41
Pontypridd 15 8 0 7 328 315 38
RGC 1404 14 7 0 7 352 322 36
Llandovery 12 6 2 4 271 225 35
Swansea 12 5 0 7 189 214 25
Newport 12 4 0 8 240 263 25
Llanelli 13 5 0 8 251 343 23
Ebbw Vale 14 3 1 10 254 308 21
Bridgend Ravens 15 3 0 12 228 414 17