Tough Trip to Swansea

Next up for Newport is a resurgent Swansea outfit who are becoming a very difficult side to beat. At the start of the season most supporters would have thought that the Whites would be in the relegation battle but they have surprised many and are now sitting comfortably in the top half of the league with ambitions of a top six spot. They are still in the Welsh Cup after beating Bargoed and will travel to Church Bank next weekend with a real chance of beating Llandovery and progressing to the next round

The Black & Ambers have won their last three games but they haven’t really put in that complete performance that the coaching team is aiming for. The squad has been fully utilised and that should bode well for the run of tough games coming up, starting on Thursday. Injuries and unavailability have contributed to the team changes but it has meant that far more players have been used and we have seen some strength in depth. They will need to be at their best to beat Swansea.

The backs have a settled look as Matt O’Brien, Tom Pascoe and Geraint O’Driscoll return. Kyle Tayler is available and takes the seven spot in the pack.

Newport: Dan Preece, Will Evans, Tom Piper, Andrew Mann, Josh Skinner, Morgan Burgess, Kyle Tayler, Rhys Jenkins, Geraint Watkin, Matt O’Brien, Jon Morris, Tom Pascoe, Chay Smith, Elliot Frewen, Geraint O’Driscoll.

Replacements: Henry Palmer, Lewis Smout, Garin Harris, Rhys Cresswell, Chris Williams, Tom Lucas, Harri Lang, Duan Thomas.

 

 

Referee: Jonathan Evans

AR1: Justin Williams

AR2: Mathew Evans

Kick-off: 19:30

Gates open: 18:00

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