NEWPORT vs. LLANELLI

Newport go into Friday’s game knowing that a win would put them within striking distance of a top six position. With three wins behind them including a fine victory at Sardis Road, the squad is in a good place but memories of the away game against Llanelli should wipe away any complacency. They will be aware that they need to be at the top of their game against a dangerous Llanelli outfit.

The West Walians are having a mixed season but always play a fast open game and are capable of scoring from anywhere on the pitch.

The coaching team makes some squad changes including an interesting centre partnership of Jon Morris and Harry Griffiths. Elliot Ferriman takes his place on a very strong bench after a long period recovering from injury.

Newport: Dan Preece, Jamie Jeune, Garin Harris, Andrew Mann, Joe Bartllett, Rhodri Jones, Josh Reid, Rhys Jenkins, Luke Crane, Matt O’Brien, Elliot Frewen, Jon Morris, Harry Griffiths, Harri Lang, Llywarch Ap Myrddyn.

Replacements: Lewis Smout, Matt Dwyer, Tom Piper, Elliot Ferriman, Kyle Tayler, Dan Babos, Haydn Simmons, Ryan Gardner.

 

Referee: Adam Jones

AR1: Aled Liddington

AR2: Stuart Kibble

 

Kick -off: 8PM

 

As a mark of respect to Mathew J Watkins there will be a minute’s silence before the game. There will also be a bucket collection for Velindre Hospital, a cause that was very special to Mathew.

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