Newport vs. Bridgend

Say it quietly but Newport RFC will be playing a home game on a Saturday afternoon! Last week they played superbly to get a win against a very good Llandovery outfit. Although no tries were scored it was a great game to watch and Newport gave their best defensive display of the season.

Bridgend are not having the best of seasons so far with only one win but that doesn’t tell the complete story. Their one win was against Merthyr, they lost to Aberavon by one point and they lost to Pontypridd by a last move try and conversion. They play fifteen man rugby and on their day they can beat any team in the league. They will test Newport on Saturday.

The Black & Ambers still don’t have a full squad to select from although Evan Whitson, Dan Partridge and David Richards are now available.

Newport: Louis Jones, Evan Whitson, Tom Piper, Joe Bartlett, Dan Partridge, Josh Skinner, Kyle Tayler, Rhys Jenkins (Capt.), Geraint Watkins, Matt O’Brien, Elliot Frewen, Geraint O’Driscoll, Harry Griffiths, Jon Morris, Dai Richards.

Replacements: Lewis Smout, Matt Dwyer, Garin Harris, Andrew Mann, Josh Reid, Luke Crane, Llywarch ap Myrddin, Harri Lang.

 

Referee: John Darcy

AR1: Chris Williams

AR2: Mark Butcher

Kick-off: 2:30

 

The Bisley Suite is undergoing refurbishment so we will be using the Premier Lounge/Watkins Bar on Saturday. Newport RFC merchandise will be on sale and supporters can order the black rugby shirt that was previously only available to players. FoNR will have various new items for sale so come along and you’re sure to find an ideal Christmas gift.

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Cardiff 16 13 0 3 396 243 61
Carmarthen Quins 17 10 3 4 372 278 54
Aberavon 16 11 0 5 371 272 53
Llandovery 16 9 2 5 344 285 48
Pontypridd 18 10 0 8 394 376 47
Merthyr 18 8 0 10 362 374 44
RGC 1404 17 8 1 8 409 381 43
Newport 15 7 0 8 294 278 37
Swansea 17 7 0 10 246 292 35
Llanelli 15 6 0 9 293 412 27
Ebbw Vale 17 4 2 11 283 351 27
Bridgend Ravens 18 3 0 15 271 493 19