Tata Steel v Cardiff – Team News

Cardiff take a break from the Premiership as the first round of the National Cup gets underway this weekend.

The Blue & Blacks will be looking to build on the performances in recent weeks and especially following the win over Pontypridd on Tuesday.

“that is a short turnaround in terms of recovery” said Head Coach Steve Law “but having performed so well on Tuesday in securing a bonus point win and stopping Ponty getting anything the whole squad is looking forward to getting back out on the field again. Going to places like Tata is what the cup is all about and they will be very much up for taking out one of the Premiership teams, we will have to perform again to make sure of a second round fixture”

Tata will be no strangers to Cardiff either in the cup or this season. In August the Blue & Blacks sampled their hospitality when they played in a friendly and last season the sides met at the same stage of the Cup, Cardiff winning on both occasions.

Cardiff (vs Tata Steel)

15 Tom Williams

14 Llywarch Ap Myrddin

13 Adam Jones

12 Will Rees-Hole

11 Edd Howley

10 Steffan Jones

9 Martin Roberts (Capt)

1 Fraser Young

2 Ian Jenkins

3 Kieron Brown

4 Kieron Martin

5 James Murphy

6 Sam Pailor

7 Zach O’Driscoll

8 Tom Daley

16 Ramaz Rhukhadze

17 Joey Tomlinson

18 Peter Lloyd

19 Thomas Davies

20 Callun James

21 Scott Gibson

22 Gareth Thompson

23 Johnny Wood

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