NEWPORT vs. LLANELLI

Newport go into this game knowing that they have gone five games without a win and have slipped down the table to seventh position. Although they have been without some important players the squad and coaches accept that they should have got more out of these games.

They face a Llanelli team which is on a mini revival having won their last two games. The Black & Ambers were favourites when they travelled to Parc Y Scarlets in September but they were beaten by a tenacious home side who moved the ball from all over the pitch. This is what Newport can expect on Friday and they will need to be at their best to get a much needed win.

Rhys Jenkins is back to fitness and goes straight in at number 8 and captain. Tom Piper returns at tight-head and Dan Partridge passes fitness test to take his usual spot. The lively Tom Lucas is chosen at nine with Elliot Frewen moving back to wing and Haydn Simons getting the full-back position.

Newport: Dan Preece, Will Evans, Tom Piper, Andrew Mann, Dan Partridge, Josh Skinner, Kyle Tayler, Rhys Jenkins, Tom Lucas, Matt O’Brien, Elliot Frewen, Chay Smith, Tom Pascoe, Andrew Evans, Haydn Simons.

Replacements: Lewis Smout, Henry Palmer, Garin Harris, Morgan Burgess, Josh Reid, Geraint Watkins, Rhys Gant, Josh Male.

 

Referee: Gwyn Morris

AR1: Jason Bessant

AR2: John Darcy

 

Kick off: 7:30 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