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 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