Cardiff – Merthyr Cup Final team news

Cardiff head to the Principality Stadium for the National Cup Final against Merthyr on Sunday evening (5:35)

The side shows only one change in the backline to the team that played at Sardis Rd last weekend. James Beal’s injury hit season continues and he is replaced by Max Llewellyn. In the centre Ben Thomas reaches the milestone of 20 games this season winning him his Club cap.

In the pack three changes see Kieron Assiratti starts along side Thomas Davies and captain Joey Tomlinson. Sam Pailor moves up a row from last week allowing Zach O’Driscoll to slot in at seven.

Speaking ahead of the game Head Coach Steve Law said “we are all looking forward to going to the Principality Stadium We know we are up against the current League Champions and Cup holders, and they are also top of the league this time round, so we will have to be at our best, but it is a challenge we are excited to have. It has been a long season and we have played a lot of rugby, but we have everything to gain. It has been a long time since Cardiff were in the Final and it would be fantastic for the squad, team management and supporters for us to be able to bring the trophy back to the Arms Park “

Cardiff vs Merthyr

15 Edd Howley

14 Max Llewellyn

13 Will Rees-Hole

12 Ben Thomas

11 Joe Gatt

10 Gareth Thompson

9 Martin Roberts

1 Thomas Davies

2 Joey Tomlinson (Capt)

3 Keiron Assiratti

4 James Down

5 Sam Pailor

6 Tom Daley

7 Zach O’Driscoll

8 Morgan Allen

 

16 Keiron Brown

17 Ian Jenkins

18 Peter Lloyd

19 Keiran Martin

20 Aled Cockwell

21 Scott Gibson

22 Steffan Jones

23 Mathew Powell

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Cardiff 16 13 0 3 396 243 61
Carmarthen Quins 17 10 3 4 372 278 54
Aberavon 16 11 0 5 371 272 53
Llandovery 16 9 2 5 344 285 48
Pontypridd 18 10 0 8 394 376 47
Merthyr 18 8 0 10 362 374 44
RGC 1404 17 8 1 8 409 381 43
Newport 15 7 0 8 294 278 37
Swansea 17 7 0 10 246 292 35
Llanelli 15 6 0 9 293 412 27
Ebbw Vale 17 4 2 11 283 351 27
Bridgend Ravens 18 3 0 15 271 493 19