ABERAVON vs. NEWPORT

Newport head to the Talbot Athletic Ground to play a strong Aberavon team knowing a defeat will see the home team leapfrog over them to take that important sixth place in the Premier League. The Aberavon team has been very consistent over the last few seasons and play an attractive brand of winning rugby. They will attack from all areas of the pitch and like to keep the ball in hand and move it quickly.   They can also play the tight game as they showed last time out when they beat a strong, physical Merthyr outfit.

The Black & Ambers were disappointed that last week’s game against Llanelli was postponed (to Friday 22nd February) as they needed to get some game time to iron out the errors that they made in the draw against Bedwas. There are some ‘must win’ games coming up and this one would be a good start.

The team will be selected at Thursday’s training session and it wood be great to see the return of a few injured players. Geraint O’Driscoll and Tom Pascoe are just about there and John Morris in a few weeks.

Tom Pascoe makes his return on the bench.

Newport: Dan Preece, Will Evans, Tom Piper, Huw Taylor, Joe Bartlett, Josh Skinner, Kyle Tayler, Mathew Reed, Ryan James, Matt O’Brien, Andy Evans, Lloyd White, Chay Smith, Duan Thomas, Dai Richards.

Replacements: Lewis Smout, Henry Palmer, Garin Harris, Andy Mann, Morgan Burgess, Geraint Watkin, Tom Pascoe, Haydn Simons.

 

 

Referee: Dewi Phillips

AR1: Dai Cambourne

AR2: Steffan Davies

Kick-off: 7:15

 

 

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 26 20 0 6 756 475 102
Cardiff 25 19 1 5 752 519 95
Llandovery 27 19 1 7 779 479 94
Ebbw Vale 27 18 1 8 624 488 85
Pontypridd 24 17 0 7 812 461 84
Aberavon 25 16 2 7 569 478 78
Newport 28 15 2 11 683 654 78
Swansea 27 15 0 12 604 518 75
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 25 12 1 12 630 513 71
Carmarthen Quins 28 13 1 14 603 520 71
Llanelli 28 10 1 17 588 689 53
Bedwas 27 10 1 16 591 739 52
Bridgend Ravens 25 8 0 17 501 612 45
Cross Keys 26 5 1 20 528 882 35
Bargoed 26 6 0 20 496 830 32
Neath 26 1 0 25 367 1026 3