After losing the Premier Cup Final by just three points The Black & Ambers were hoping to get straight back into action against Llanelli but, unfortunately, the visitors were unable to raise a team. This means that Newport were awarded a bonus point win which puts us in fourth position in the league and guarantees a place in the play-offs. The result in Saturday’s game against Llandovery will not affect our league position but the outcome could have a huge say in how the other three sides in the play-offs finish. There are several possibilities, but the other important game will have finished before we play. Depending on the results we could play Cardiff, Llandovery or Merthyr in the semi-final. We need to get back to our winning form regardless of the other teams. The fact that the game is being played at Rodney Parade, under lights and being shown live on S4C Clic will add a bit of spice to the contest.
Newport: Tom Workman, Jack Gillard, Dan Suter, Jon Verrier, Craig Hudd, Josh Reid, Kyle Tayler, Ben Roach, Che Hope, Matt O’Brien Captain, Lloyd Lewis, Aneurin Owen, chat Foster-Smith, Jon Morris, Ioan Davies.
Replacements: Henry Palmer, Thomas Davies, Luke Yendle, Alex Ashton, Rhys Jenkins, Luke Crane, Matt Bancroft, Geraint O’Driscoll.
Referee: Dewi Phillips
AR1: Mathew Leon
AR2: Stuart Kibble
AR3: Rob Mota
TMO: Wayne Davies
Venue: Rodney Parade