NEWPORT RFC vs. PONTYPRIDD RFC

Newport seems to be in a good position right now with a place in the cup semi-finals and unbeaten in the league.  Last time out saw a brilliant fightback against a very good Llandovery team, coming back from being behind 17 – 3 at half-time to score 24 unanswered points and gain a bonus point victory.  With Pontypridd struggling a bit this season supporters might make the Black and Ambers clear favourites for this fixture but beware, the Sardis Road outfit are always dangerous with a tough, uncompromising pack and backs that move the ball wide and at pace.

Games between us are usually high-scoring, close encounters but always entertaining.  Newport will be looking to continue their good run and Ponty will be looking to get the show back on the road.

The coaches make four changes in the pack from the starting line-up at Church Bank with loose-head, Louis Jones, and openside flanker, Kyle Tayler, coming in after making an impact off the bench last time out.  Fit again, Josh Skinner and Ben Roach, take the second row spot and number eight positions.  In the backs Dafydd Smith replaces the injured Mathew Powell on the wing.

Newport: Louis Jones, Will Griffiths, Garin Harris, Joe Bartlett, Josh Skinner, Rhys Jenkins, Kyle Tayler, Ben Roach, Luke Crane, Will Reed, Elliot Frewen, Matt O’Brien (Capt.), Cameron Lewis, Dafydd Smith, Dai Richards.

Replacements:  Lewis Smout, Henry Palmer, Dan Suter, Andrew Mann, George Young, Geraint Watkins, Mathew Powell, George Gladding

As this is a televised game we have the luxury of five match officials including a TMO.

Referee: Ian Davies

AR1: Elliot Mayer

AR2: Gareth Davies

AR3: Julian Smith

TMO: Adam Jones

Kick-off: 7:30 PM at Newport Stadium

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