Newport Look For Return To Form

Another big test for Newport as they prepare to face high-flying Merthyr. Two weeks ago they felt they were robbed as Ebbw Vale snatched a victory with the last kick of the game but last week they were outplayed by an efficient Pontypridd outfit. Their opponents on Saturday are on form and are well on their way to a cup and league double.

The Black and Ambers were victorious at The Wern earlier in the season where they scored some slick tries and defended like demons. They will need more of that if they are to do the double over the visitors.

Newport are hit hard by injuries and unavailability but can still field a strong pack and forward replacements. With Matt O’Brien and Haydn Simons unavailable Geraint O’Driscoll plays at ten with Jon Morris slotting in at fullback. Jack Wright makes his debut at inside centre and Sion Summers starts at wing after showing up well when he came on last Sunday. In the absence of Rhys Jenkins Joe Bartlett takes the captain’s role.

Newport: Lewis Smout, Henry Palmer, Garin Harris, Joe Bartlett Capt., Dan Partridge, Andy Mann, Josh Reid, Josh Skinner, Geraint Watkin, Geraint O’Driscoll, Andy Evans, Jack Wright, Chay Smith, Sion Summers, Jon Morris.

Replacements: Dan Preece, Matt Prosser, Tom Piper, Morgan Burgess, Mathew Reed. Rhys Buckland, Tom Pascoe, Duan Thomas.

 

Referee: Mike English

AR1: Ben Porte

AR2: Peter Mortimer

 

Kick-off: 2:30 PM

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 27 21 0 6 798 501 107
Llandovery 28 20 1 7 803 492 98
Cardiff 26 19 1 6 771 547 95
Ebbw Vale 28 19 1 8 671 512 90
Pontypridd 25 18 0 7 840 480 89
Aberavon 26 17 2 7 612 490 83
Newport 29 16 2 11 726 678 83
Swansea 28 15 0 13 625 552 75
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 26 12 1 13 669 556 73
Carmarthen Quins 29 13 1 15 616 544 71
Llanelli 29 11 1 17 622 710 58
Bedwas 28 10 1 17 615 786 52
Bridgend Ravens 26 9 0 17 544 651 50
Cross Keys 27 5 1 21 552 925 35
Bargoed 27 6 0 21 522 872 33
Neath 27 1 0 26 379 1069 3