Another trip along the M4 for the Black & Ambers as they head to The Talbot Athletic Ground to face old rivals Aberavon.  We never find it easy against one of the most consistent teams in The Premier Division and we will need to improve on our last performance to get a result on Saturday.

The Newport squad once again sees a mix of regulars and promising youngsters.  The starting pack looks familiar except for Will Griffiths getting the nod at hooker and Jamie Jeune moving to loosehead. Rhys Downes partners captain, Matt O’Brien at half back while Jon Morris plays outside centre and Haydn Simons starts at full back.

Newport: Jamie Jeune, Will Griffiths, Garin Harris, Andrew Mann, Joe Bartlett, Josh Skinner, Kyle Tayler, Rhys Jenkins, Rhys Downes, Matt O’Brien (captain), Oli Andrew, Jack Brooks, Jon Morris, Harry Griffiths, Haydn Simons.

Replacements: Harry Fry, Tom Piper, Henry Palmer, George Young, Ben Hoppe, Josh Reid, Luke Crane, Geraint Watkin, Will Reed, George Gladding, Clayton Gullis.

Kick off: 14:30

Newport 6 5 0 1 164 98 23
Cardiff 6 4 0 2 177 85 22
Merthyr 6 3 0 3 142 145 16
Pontypridd 6 3 0 3 112 140 13
Ebbw Vale 6 2 0 4 91 138 10
RGC 1404 6 1 0 5 112 192 8