Swansea – Cardiff team news

Cardiff get back to Principality Premiership action on Saturday as they travel to St Helens, Swansea.

Having reached the Final of the National Cup with last week’s defeat of Llandovery at Neath, the Blue & Blacks will be looking to keep the pressure on Merthyr at the top of the table. Cardiff are two points behind the Ironmen, who they will face in the Cup Final on 28th April.

Head Coach Steve Law said “to reach the final for the first time in over ten years is a fantastic achievement. We are obviously looking forward to our day at the Principality Stadium, but we must focus on the next two games in the league. We have two incredibly tough games away from home starting with the game against the Whites on Saturday. They have come a long way since the beginning of the season where they struggled having players in the Celtic Cup set up. Now they are one of the form teams and have pulled themselves away from the bottom half of the table and are pushing to get into the top six.

We have made a few changes due to minor injuries picked up last week, Callum Bradbury and Morgan Allen carrying knocks. They are replaced by Tom Daley and James Down. Edd Howley drops to the bench after what I thought was the one of the best performances by a semi-professional player since the Premiership began, and I have seen a lot of rugby in that time. He is replaced by Ioan Davies. The U20 International needs game time before the World Cup, and it is our duty to provide a very talented player that game time. I am sure we will see Edd back in the starting line up very soon”.

 

Cardiff (vs Swansea)

15 Ioan Davies

14 Max Llewellynn

13 Will Rees-Hole

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 Kieran Martin

6 Sam Pailor

7 Zach O’Driscoll

8 Tom Daley

 

16 Kieron Brown

17 Ian Jenkins

18 Will Davies King

19 James Murphy

20 Aled Cockwell

21 Scott Gibson

22 Steffan Jones

23 Edd Howley

 

 

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