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
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