Match Preview – Pontypridd v Swansea
On Saturday 11th November Pontypridd RFC welcome Swansea RFC to Sardis Road for an Indigo Group Premiership match, kick-off is 2:30pm.
Pontypridd and Swansea won one match apiece in the league last season. On Saturday 1st October 2022 Swansea won at St. Helen’s by 45 points to 22, although Ponty did come away with a bonus point as consolation after bagging four tries. Then on Saturday 6th May this year the Valley Commandos beat the All Whites by 29 points to 10 in the final match of the season at Sardis Road – tries by Niko Matawalu, Nathan Huish, Kristian Parker and Aled Ward sealed a bonus point win.
Ponty and Swansea will be looking to etch a tick in the win column this weekend after both suffered defeats in their last outings – Ponty lost at Newport whilst Swansea succumbed to Merthyr at The Wern in the last round of league matches.
Back the boys and make some noise this Saturday Ponty Fans!
Pontypridd have made four changes to the XV that started at Newport a week last Wednesday, along with two positional switches.
In the backline, Harvey Nash and Joseph Scrivens are awarded starts and form a new half-back pairing which sees Ben Burnell move to inside centre.
In the pack Morgan Bosanko is recalled to start at tighthead prop and there’s a return from injury for Aled Ward who starts at blindside flanker. The positional switch in the forwards see Skipper Kris Parker selected at no.8.
On the substitutes bench there are welcome returns to the matchday squad following injury for Tom Devine and Cally James.
Ponty’s injury list is shortening, but still working their way back to full fitness are Ryan Wilkins, Will Keep, Niko Matawalu, Sion Parry and Garyn Smith.
The Pontypridd team selected to play Swansea is as follows:
15. Josh Phillips. 14. Liam Lloyd. 13. McCauley Rowley. 12. Ben Burnell. 11. Dale Stuckey. 10. Joseph Scrivens. 9. Harvey Nash.
1. Ben Stephens. 2. Curtis Greenslade. 3. Morgan Bosanko. 4. Macauley Cook. 5. Chris Dicomidis. 6. Aled Ward. 7. Cai James. 8. Kristian Parker (c).
Subs: 16. Gavin Parry. 17. Tom Devine. 18. Tom Harper. 19. Mitch Barnard. 20. Joe Miles. 21. Cally James. 22. Joel Raikes. 23. Ceri Morris.
Tickets – Admission on Saturday will be £12 full, £10 concession access-all-areas and under 16’s free if accompanied by a paying adult. You can purchase tickets on the day or to save time can use our online e-Ticket system, link – Pontypridd v Swansea 11/11/2023 – The club has increased the range of tickets now available to cover small groups (2 people) and large groups (4 people). We also have a family ticket for our Youth and Mini & Junior sections.
Club Shop – To purchase your Ponty RFC merchandise, the Club Shop will be open before and after Saturday’s match.
Live Sport – The Clubhouse will be open at midday and there’ll be live sport for you to enjoy on the screens in the Clubhouse. Firstly Wolves play Tottenham in the Premier League in a 12:30 kick-off, straight after that Leicester play Harlequins in the Gallagher Premiership at 3:05pm.
Stars in Their Eyes – Some tickets are still available for the Club’s ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ event which takes place on Saturday 25th November – Paul Marshall will be in the Clubhouse on Saturday selling tickets for the event in person.