Newport – Cardiff Team News

Cardiff are on the road once again with a trip to our oldest rivals Newport.

Following a victory in the cup at Tata Steel it is back to League action for the Blue & Blacks. “it’s a different challenge this week. Games against anyone in the top half of the table are always going to be tough and Rodney Parade on Saturday will be no different” said Head Coach Steve Law “last time in the league we were very competitive against Pontypridd, but more in the second half than in the first. This week we will have to be on the nail for the full eighty minutes. We are delighted to be helping with the return to fitness of two of the Cardiff Blues players and we welcome Aled Summerhill and Jack Roberts into the side as they look to work their way back and we will give them as much game time as they need”

“It is also great to see Shane Lewis Hughes getting the recognition with the Blues side in Glasgow this week. Shane has been playing with us for weeks and has shown what we is capable of – we wish him well.”

***UPDATED***

Aled Summerhill has been called up for the Cardiff Blues game so will not play for us. Tom Williams replaces him and Ioan Davies is called up to the bench.

Cardiff (vs Newport)

15 Edd Howley
14 Tom Williams
13 Jack Roberts
12 Ben Thomas
11 Joe Gatt
10 Gareth Thompson
9 Martin Roberts
1 Thomas Davies
2 Joey Tomlinson (Capt)
3 Peter Lloyd
4 James Down
5 Ben Murphy
6 Jim Botham
7 Zach O’Driscoll
8 Tom Daley

16 Fraser Young
17 Ian Jenkins
18 Kieron Brown
19 Sam Pailor
20 Morgan Allen
21 Scott Gibson
22 Steffan Jones
23 Ioan Davies

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 18 15 0 3 534 302 76
Pontypridd 18 14 0 4 638 338 68
Cardiff 18 13 1 4 551 379 67
Ebbw Vale 18 13 1 4 397 292 62
Newport 18 12 0 6 470 430 57
Llandovery 18 11 1 6 506 321 57
Aberavon 17 11 1 5 402 355 53
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 17 9 0 8 444 354 50
Carmarthen Quins 18 9 0 9 394 340 47
Swansea 17 8 0 9 371 349 41
Cross Keys 17 4 1 12 379 562 28
Bridgend Ravens 16 5 0 11 316 424 27
Llanelli 18 4 1 13 337 499 25
Bedwas 17 4 0 13 341 527 23
Bargoed 17 3 0 14 327 574 17
Neath 16 1 0 15 261 622 3