PONTYPRIDD vs. NEWPORT

After four away pre-season friendlies Newport prepare to play Pontypridd in their first ‘serious’ game.  The Sardis Road outfit was the first of the friendlies and a close game ended in a victory for the home side.  Next up was a trip to Swansea University where the students gave the Black & Ambers a tough time before going down by a small margin.  A win against a very good Aberavon side was useful preparation for the trip to Bridgend.  Newport started well and were leading 21-0 before half-time before the home side made a come-back.  A very strong defensive display saw Newport hold on for the win.

The coaching team has been trying different players and combinations and again there are several changes.  Captain Matt O’Brien returns to take the ten jersey following an impressive display from young Will Reed.  There are starts for Lennon Greggains, George Young and Mathew Powell.  The replacements look more than useful.

Games against Pontypridd are usually high-scoring affairs and with fine weather predicted we could see a cracker.

Newport:  Jamie Jeune, Matt Dwyer, Garin Harris, Andrew Mann, Elliot Ferriman, Josh Skinner, Lennon Greggains, George Young, Luke Crane, Matt O’Brien Captain, Elliot Frewen, Jack Brooks, Jon Morris, Mathew Powell, George Gladding.

Replacements:  Lewis Smout, Dan Suter, Brodie Coghlan, Joe Bartlett, Josh Reid, Rhys Downes, Will Reed, Ryan Gardner.

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
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