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 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