EBBW VALE RFC v NEWPORT RFC

Next up for Newport is an away game at Eugene Cross Park against old rivals, Ebbw Vale. The Steelmen are not having the best of seasons but with new coaches and new players they will be looking to prove that, with a victory over Llanelli last time out, they have turned the corner and will soon be back to top form.

The Black & Ambers will have a spring in their step after a fine win against Pontypridd in front of the TV cameras which gave a wider audience the chance to see the entertaining brand of rugby that is played at Newport Stadium.  The game was ideal for television with seven tries, lots of incidents and play going from end to end and from side to side.  The only downside to the night was a nasty injury to dynamic hooker, Will Griffiths, which will keep him side-lined for a while.

The game against Ebbw Vale is also being televised but conditions might not be best suited for running rugby so the team will need to adapt quickly to playing mid-week at the top of the valley.

The coaches make four changes to the starting pack with props Lewis Smout and Dan Suter coming in alongside hooker, Henry Palmer, and young George Young replacing hard grafting Rhys Jenkins in the back row.  Two changes in the backs as the coaches bring in Oli Andrew and Jon Morris to fill the wing positions.

Newport: Lewis Smout, Henry Palmer, Dan Suter, Joe Bartlett, Josh Skinner, George Young, Kyle Tayler, Ben Roach, Luke Crane, Will Reed, Oli Andrew, Matt O’Brien (Capt.), Cameron Lewis, Jon Morris, Dai Richards,

Replacements: Louis Jones, Jamie Jeune, Garin Harris, Andrew Man, Rhys Jenkins, Che Hope, Dafydd Smith, Will Talbot-Davies

 

Match officials to be announced

Kick-off: 7:30pm

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Cardiff 11 9 0 2 374 210 46
Newport 11 9 0 2 337 214 45
Aberavon 11 7 0 4 322 243 37
Llandovery 11 6 0 5 303 287 31
RGC 1404 11 6 0 5 286 244 31
Merthyr 11 5 0 6 329 294 31
Pontypridd 11 7 0 4 239 259 30
Carmarthen Quins 11 6 0 5 232 254 30
Bridgend Ravens 11 4 0 7 186 276 18
Swansea 11 3 0 8 212 269 18
Ebbw Vale 11 3 0 8 157 263 14
Llanelli 11 1 0 10 189 353 10