NEWPORT vs. LLANELLI

Newport go into this game knowing that they have gone five games without a win and have slipped down the table to seventh position. Although they have been without some important players the squad and coaches accept that they should have got more out of these games.

They face a Llanelli team which is on a mini revival having won their last two games. The Black & Ambers were favourites when they travelled to Parc Y Scarlets in September but they were beaten by a tenacious home side who moved the ball from all over the pitch. This is what Newport can expect on Friday and they will need to be at their best to get a much needed win.

Rhys Jenkins is back to fitness and goes straight in at number 8 and captain. Tom Piper returns at tight-head and Dan Partridge passes fitness test to take his usual spot. The lively Tom Lucas is chosen at nine with Elliot Frewen moving back to wing and Haydn Simons getting the full-back position.

Newport: Dan Preece, Will Evans, Tom Piper, Andrew Mann, Dan Partridge, Josh Skinner, Kyle Tayler, Rhys Jenkins, Tom Lucas, Matt O’Brien, Elliot Frewen, Chay Smith, Tom Pascoe, Andrew Evans, Haydn Simons.

Replacements: Lewis Smout, Henry Palmer, Garin Harris, Morgan Burgess, Josh Reid, Geraint Watkins, Rhys Gant, Josh Male.

 

Referee: Gwyn Morris

AR1: Jason Bessant

AR2: John Darcy

 

Kick off: 7:30 PM

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