Cardiff vs Newport

After losing our first game away to Pontypridd we then entertained Cardiff at Rodney Parade and a much-improved performance earned us a close victory. That was the start of a winning run that has taken the Black & Ambers to the top of the table. But it’s a narrow one-point lead over our Friday night hosts. It’s always tough when we play at the famous Cardiff Arms Park but the good surface should suit the wide, high-tempo game that we play.

The coaching team has some difficult decisions to make as they face selection problems due to injury and unavailability.  The squad will be selected after Thursday’s training session.

Newport: Lewis Smout, Henry Palmer, Garin Harris, Elliot Ferriman, Josh Skinner, Rhys Jenkins, Kyle Tayler, Ben Roach, Luke Crane, Matt O’Brien, Deon Smith, Jack Wright, Dafydd Smith, Jon Morris, George Gladding.

Replacements: Jamie Jeune, Matt Dwyer, Louis Jones, Kotobalavu Valiame, Rhodri Jones, Rhys Downes, Mathew Powell, Haydn Simons


Kick-off: 7:15PM

Referee: Rhys Jones

AR1: Tom Spurrier

AR2: Paul Jones

Supporters please note that you will need a Covid Pass or proof of a negative lateral flow test to enter the ground.

Newport 10 8 0 2 320 198 40
Cardiff 10 6 0 4 308 171 34
Merthyr 10 5 0 5 296 281 28
RGC 1404 9 4 0 5 191 258 21
Pontypridd 9 4 0 5 181 249 19
Ebbw Vale 10 2 0 8 132 271 11