NEWPORT vs. CARDIFF

WRU National Cup – Round 1, Newport v RGC 1404 at Cardiff Arms Park in Cardiff, South Wales on Saturday 5 January 2019.
Pictures by Simon Latham

After the disappointment of last Saturday’s cup defeat the Black & Ambers will be glad to get back to league action at Rodney Parade on a Saturday afternoon.  Games between Newport and Cardiff are always keenly contested but this one is extra special as Craig Warlow’s men feel that the game at Cardiff Arms Park is one that got away.  After being in control for most of the game a couple of defensive lapses saw the Blue and Blacks get the win.  The two sides are third and fifth in the league and both will be looking to consolidate their position.

Cardiff are on a good run having beaten Merthyr and Pontypridd recently and getting a big win against Tata in the cup. 

Newport have an early chance to rectify the mistakes made last Saturday and once again the coaching team has some interesting decisions to make when selecting the team.

Newport: Dan Preece, Will Evans, Tom Piper, Joe Bartlett, Dan Partridge, Andy Mann, Kyle Tayler, Mathew Reed, Ryan James, Matt O’Brien, Elliot Frewen, Geraint O’Driscoll, Chay Smith, Harri Lang, David Richards.

Replacements:  Henry Palmer, Lewis Smout, Garin Harris, Morgan Burgess, Chris Williams, Tom Lucas, Haydn Simons, Haydn Palmer.

Referee:  Nigel Owens

AR1:  Aled Liddington

AR2:  Peter Mortimer

Kick-off:  2:30PM

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 23 18 0 5 651 393 91
Cardiff 23 18 1 4 696 469 89
Pontypridd 21 16 0 5 730 374 79
Llandovery 24 16 1 7 652 408 79
Newport 25 15 2 8 629 551 77
Ebbw Vale 24 16 1 7 541 423 76
Aberavon 22 14 2 6 485 415 69
Swansea 24 13 0 11 537 451 65
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 22 11 1 10 552 456 64
Carmarthen Quins 24 10 1 13 488 454 56
Bedwas 24 8 1 15 515 667 43
Bridgend Ravens 22 8 0 14 427 517 43
Llanelli 24 6 1 17 450 620 35
Cross Keys 22 5 1 16 452 681 34
Bargoed 23 4 0 19 400 756 22
Neath 23 1 0 22 335 905 3