NEWPORT vs. PONTYPRIDD

After two good wins Newport will be looking to extend that run when they face Pontypridd on Sunday. The defence has been outstanding and no tries have been conceded in those games. But games against Pontypridd are usually high-scoring affairs so that defence will be tested.

The Sardis Road outfit has had a mixed start to the season with an identical record to the Black & Ambers – three wins and three losses – but they have a fine Premier League record and are used to being at the top end of the table.

Newport still has a few players on the injury list but the coaching team is still able to select a strong starting fifteen and bench. Brodie Coghlan gets the hooker’s job after a fine debut at Llandovery while Andrew Mann moves into the second row to replace the injured Dan Partridge. Luke crane starts at nine with Geraint Watkin dropping to the bench while the rest of the backs keep their places from last Saturday’s line-up.

Newport: Lewis Smout, Brodie Coghlan, Garin Harris, Andrew Mann, Joe Bartlett, Josh Skinner, Kyle Tayler, Rhys Jenkins (Capt.), Luke Crane, Matt O’Brien, Jon Morris, Geraint O’Driscoll, Harry Griffiths, Elliot Frewen, David Richards.

Replacements: Louis Jones, Evan Whitson, Tom Piper, Garin Price, Josh Reid, Geraint Watkin, Llywarch ap Myrddin, Ryan Gardner

Referee: Adam Jones

AR1: Ben Porte

AR2: Neil Perkins

Kick off: 2:30 PM

Supporters are again reminded that all bars at Rodney Parade are now ‘cashless’ and a credit or debit card is needed to purchase drinks.

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Cardiff 8 8 0 0 196 112 36
Pontypridd 8 5 0 3 192 174 24
Carmarthen Quins 7 5 0 2 172 118 23
Aberavon 7 5 0 2 135 118 22
Merthyr 8 4 0 4 179 179 21
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 8 4 0 4 184 173 19
Llanelli 8 4 0 4 165 199 18
Newport 8 3 0 5 167 162 18
Llandovery 6 3 0 3 140 126 16
Swansea 8 2 0 6 127 149 13
Ebbw Vale 8 2 0 6 173 217 12
Bridgend Ravens 8 1 0 7 123 226 7