After the disappointment of the Neath home game postponement let’s hope the weather is a bit kinder for the Thursday evening trip to Bridgend. The Black Ambers will be looking forward to playing in front of the TV cameras on a good surface.
Bridgend are in the middle of the league table with five wins and five losses from their ten games played but they are a good solid outfit with a very determined defence. This game will be a good test for a Newport team needing to get back to winning ways.
Newport includes Rynard Landman in the second row with the South African helping out with the second-row crisis. Harri Ackerman makes a return from a long spell out injured playing at inside centre. The prop injury situation is relieved with Thomas Davies and Nathan Evans on the bench
Newport: Tom Workman, Henry Palmer, Dan Suter, Rynard Landman, Josh Skinner, Rhys Jenkins, Kyle Tayler, Ben Roach Captain, Che Hope, Matt O’Brien, Lloyd Lewis, Harri Ackerman, Jon Morris, Elliot Frewen, Ioan Davies.
Replacements: Wade Langley, Thomas Davies, Nathan Evans, Jon Verrier, Lewis David, Luke Crane, Carwyn Penny, Oli Andrew.
Referee: Jason Bessant
AR1: Keith David
AR2: Mark Butcher
AR3: Chris Lewis
Venue: Dunraven Brewery Field