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 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