Newport Need a Win

Newport will see Saturday’s game as an opportunity to bring their losing run to an end. Although last week’s game was a big improvement on the Pontypridd game they couldn’t stop Merthyr’s driving maul and that cost them the match.

Cross Keys have struggled this season and are in the relegation zone. They always raise their game when they play the Black & Ambers but they will be even more motivated as they fight for their Premier Division future. The forecast is for a warm dry day and that should suit the home side as they will look to play a wide, open game and will get the ball to their outside backs quickly.

With Matt O’Brien away, Geraint O’Driscoll once again gets the outside-half position. This time he is partnered by Tom Lucas. Jack Wright takes the inside centre spot after a successful debut last week. Speedster Brandon Wood gets his first start on the wing.

Newport: Lewis Smout, Henry Palmer, Garin Harris, Joe Bartlett, Dan Partridge, Rhys Jenkins Capt., Kyle Tayler, Josh Skinner, Tom Lucas, Geraint O’Driscoll, Elliot Frewen, Jack Wright, Chay Smith, Brandon Wood, Jon Morris.

Replacements: Matt Prosser, Evan Whitson, Tom Piper, Mathew Reed, Lennon Greggains, Ryan James, Haydn Simons, Tom Pascoe.

Referee: Dewi Phillips

AR1: Richard Deacy

AR2: Lee Gibbs

Kick-off 2:30

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