Newport vs. Cardiff

After a below par performance at Parc Y Scarlets the Black & Ambers will need to be at the top of their game on Saturday when they face a Cardiff outfit who are yet to lose a game this season.   The Blue and Blacks are in a good place with some fine wins and even when they are not playing well they still know how to win. They sit at the top of the league table, 12 points clear of second placed Pontypridd.

Someone once said “Never judge Newport’s next performance by their last!”. Let’s hope that’s true as we need a big turnaround for this game.

The coaching team is hoping to have players back from unavailability and injury for this game and they could have some difficult decisions to make in certain positions.

Dan Preece comes in at loose-head prop alongside Matt Dwyer who made an impacxt when he came on against Bridgend. Skipper, Rhys Jenkins, and Josh Skinner return in the back row. Fit again, Adam Jones gets the twelve jersey with Connor Edwards as his centre partner.

Newport: Dan Preece, Matt Dwyer, Garin Harris, Andrew Mann, Joe Bartlett, Josh Skinner, Josh Reid, Rhys Jenkins (Capt.), Luke Crane, Matt O’Brien, Elliot Frewen, Adam Jones, Conner Edwards, Jon Morris, Llywarch Al Myrddin.

Replacements: Lewis Smout, Henry Palmer, Tom Piper, Morgan Burgess, Kyle Tayler, Dafydd Buckland, Geraint O’Driscoll, Ryan Gardner.

 

Referee: Elgan Williams

AR1: Neil Perkins

AR2: Dai Swain

 

Kick off: 2:30 PM

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Cardiff 14 12 0 2 337 211 55
Carmarthen Quins 15 9 2 4 346 258 48
Aberavon 14 9 0 5 303 236 44
Merthyr 16 8 0 8 321 321 42
Pontypridd 16 9 0 7 346 332 42
Llandovery 14 7 2 5 306 261 40
RGC 1404 15 7 1 7 367 337 38
Swansea 15 7 0 8 212 246 33
Newport 14 6 0 8 277 266 33
Llanelli 14 6 0 8 275 364 27
Ebbw Vale 15 3 1 11 257 328 21
Bridgend Ravens 16 3 0 13 245 432 18