Tough Trip to Swansea

Next up for Newport is a resurgent Swansea outfit who are becoming a very difficult side to beat. At the start of the season most supporters would have thought that the Whites would be in the relegation battle but they have surprised many and are now sitting comfortably in the top half of the league with ambitions of a top six spot. They are still in the Welsh Cup after beating Bargoed and will travel to Church Bank next weekend with a real chance of beating Llandovery and progressing to the next round

The Black & Ambers have won their last three games but they haven’t really put in that complete performance that the coaching team is aiming for. The squad has been fully utilised and that should bode well for the run of tough games coming up, starting on Thursday. Injuries and unavailability have contributed to the team changes but it has meant that far more players have been used and we have seen some strength in depth. They will need to be at their best to beat Swansea.

The backs have a settled look as Matt O’Brien, Tom Pascoe and Geraint O’Driscoll return. Kyle Tayler is available and takes the seven spot in the pack.

Newport: Dan Preece, Will Evans, Tom Piper, Andrew Mann, Josh Skinner, Morgan Burgess, Kyle Tayler, Rhys Jenkins, Geraint Watkin, Matt O’Brien, Jon Morris, Tom Pascoe, Chay Smith, Elliot Frewen, Geraint O’Driscoll.

Replacements: Henry Palmer, Lewis Smout, Garin Harris, Rhys Cresswell, Chris Williams, Tom Lucas, Harri Lang, Duan Thomas.

 

 

Referee: Jonathan Evans

AR1: Justin Williams

AR2: Mathew Evans

Kick-off: 19:30

Gates open: 18:00

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