Pontypridd v Newport - National Cup match preview


Pontypridd v Newport - National Cup match preview

Pontypridd entertain Newport in a National Cup second round tie at Sardis Road on Saturday 18th February, the match kicking off at 2:30pm.

Both teams previously met in their only league encounter of the season prior to the split, with Pontypridd claiming a home win by 36pts to 12 back in early October.

Ponty progressed through the first round of the cup with a 12pts to 43 away win at Cardiff Met, whilst Newport saw off Premiership rivals Swansea by 21pts to 18 at Rodney Parade.

Missing for Pontypridd are recent injury victims, back rowers Dafi Davies and Owen Sheppeard with shoulder and neck problems respectively, and lock Sean Moore away with the Wales under 20 squad. Back into contention comes scrum half Wayne Evans having served his rest period after suffering concussion in the previous cup round against Cardiff Met.

The Pontypridd team selected to face Newport is as follows:

15.Gary Williams. 14.Lewis I Williams. 13.Bradley Coombes. 12.Dafydd Lockyer - cpt. 11.Dale Stuckey. 10.Ceri Sweeney. 9.Wayne Evans.

1.Joe Popple. 2.Huw Dowden. 3.Mitch Auger. 4.Lee Evans. 5.Chris Dicomidis. 6.Jake Thomas. 7.Rhys Shellard. 8.Dan Godfrey.

Subs: 16.Joel Raikes. 17.Lewis K Williams. 18.Declan Williams. 19.Liam Belcher. 20.Hemi Barnes. 21.Peter Sidoli. 22.Sam May. 23.Dan Matthews.

The National Cup game against Newport will be all-pay for which season tickets are not valid. Admission will be priced at £10 general ground admission / £7 concessions. Juniors under 16 will be allowed in free when accompanied by a paying adult.

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