BRIDGEND vs. NEWPORT

Newport head to the Morganstone Brewery Field on Saturday on the back of a good performance last Friday when they achieved maximum points against a useful Llanelli outfit. The Black & Ambers looked dangerous in attack and were outstanding in defence as they kick-started their campaign to climb the league table. Hard work in training paid off as forwards and backs combined to put on an impressive display.

Bridgend have also struck a bit of form and got a great victory away to Llandovery last time out. We know how difficult it is to get a result at Church Bank so will be aware of the importance of that result. In their previous game they lost to high-flying Merthyr by only seven points so they certainly have the capability to shock teams at the top end of the table.

Games between Bridgend and Newport are usually high-scoring, high-tempo games with lots of points scored so let’s hope the weather is kind to us and we see an attractive match.

The coaching team has a difficult job selecting the pack with almost everyone available. They don’t have that luxury in the backs with several players missing through injury or unavailability although we see a welcome return for wings, Jon Morris and Harri Lang. Jon goes straight in and Harri gets a place in the replacements

Newport: Lewis Smout, Henry Palmer, Garin Harris, Andy Mann, Dan Partridge, josh Skinner, Kyle Tayler, Rhys Jenkins, Geraint Watkin, Haydn Simons, Andrew Evans, Tom Pascoe, Chay Smith, Jon Morris, Elliot Frewen.

Replacements: Dan Preece, Evan Whitson, Tom Piper, Morgan Burgess, Josh Reid, Tom Lucas, A N Other, Harri Lang.

Referee: Ben Breakspear

AR1: Simon Mills

AR2: Gareth Jablonski

Kick-off: 2:30 PM

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 30 23 0 7 885 593 117
Cardiff 30 22 1 7 991 660 111
Pontypridd 30 22 0 8 1015 580 110
Llandovery 30 21 1 8 856 551 104
Ebbw Vale 30 20 1 9 762 594 95
Aberavon 30 18 2 10 698 603 90
Newport 30 17 2 11 759 700 88
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 30 14 1 15 852 650 85
Swansea 30 16 0 14 674 594 81
Carmarthen Quins 30 13 1 16 637 584 71
Bridgend Ravens 30 12 0 18 689 714 66
Llanelli 30 12 1 17 679 723 63
Bedwas 30 12 1 17 681 830 62
Cross Keys 30 5 1 24 586 1093 36
Bargoed 30 6 0 24 576 1003 35
Neath 30 1 0 29 406 1274 3