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 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