Newport go into this game on the back of two great wins – an arm wrestle in the mud at Bedwas against a tough RGC outfit and a last kick thriller at Cardiff Arms Park against the league leaders. Two very different opponents, two very different pitches and two extremely exciting games.
Next up for the Black & Ambers is a very good Llandovery side. The Drovers achieved a narrow two-point victory when the teams met at Church Bank early in the season. They have a very strong defence and a very dangerous attack. This will be another stern test for the Newport team.
Matt Bancroft gets his first start at outside half with Arms Park hero Matt O’Brien moving to centre. Fit again Geraint O’Driscoll is among the replacements along with Walker Price from Dragons Academy.
Newport: Thomas Davies, Henry Palmer, Garin Harris, Elliot Ferriman, Craig Hudd, Alex Grey, Rhys Jenkins, Ben Roach, Dafydd Buckland, Matt Bancroft, Lloyd Lewis, Matt O’Brien Capt., Chay Foster-Smith, Jon Morris, Elliot Frewen.
Replacements: James Benjamin, Tom Workman, Luke Yendle, Kyle Tayler, Josh Reid, Luke Crane, Geraint O’Driscoll, Walker Price.
Referee: Gareth Newman
AR1: Ian Davies
AR2: Neil Perkins
Venue: Newport Stadium