Match Preview – Pontypridd v Swansea
Pontypridd welcome Swansea RFC to Sardis Road on Saturday 21st January, the Indigo Group Premiership match kicks off at 2:30pm.
The two clubs met earlier in the season, on Saturday 1st October at St. Helen’s and the home side enjoyed a 45-22 win back in the autumn, although Ponty did leave West Wales with a 4-try bonus point as consolation.
The last time the All Whites visited Sardis Road was nearly four years ago on Friday evening 15th February 2019. Ponty won 31-19 on an evening that almost seems like a lifetime ago after everything that has since proceeded that season.
Both Ponty and Swansea will be looking to get back on the winning trail on Saturday after the two teams suffered defeats last weekend.
The Team News…
The list of walking wounded, unfortunately for Pontypridd, is growing – Ben Burnell and Tommy Morgan have joined Cally James, Niko Matawalu, Joseph Scrivens, Rory Harries and Lloyd Rowlands in the treatment room. However, Chris Dicomidis is back fighting fit.
Ponty have made four changes to the starting XV that took to the field at the Brewery Field last Saturday. In the backline Jordan Howells returns to start at inside centre and we are excited to announce a club debut for German International Jamie Murphy at outside half.
Up front Garyn Daniel is drafted in at tight-head prop and Chris Dicomidis starts at lock having recovered from injury.
On the bench outside half Matthew Lewis and centre Garyn Payne return to the matchday squad.
We’d also like to reserve a special mention for Ben Stephens and Rob Jones who both play their 50th matches for Pontypridd RFC on Saturday – well done lads!
The Pontypridd team selected to play Swansea is as follows:
15. Alex Lloyd. 14. Sam Hayman. 13. Ceri Morris. 12. Jordan Howells. 11. Dale Stuckey. 10. Jamie Murphy. 9. Joel Raikes
1. Ben Stephens. 2. Rob Jones. 3. Garyn Daniel. 4. Kris Parker (c). 5. Chris Dicomidis. 6. Cai James. 7. Sion Parry. 8. Joe Miles
Subs: 16. Gavin Parry. 17. Tom Devine. 18. Tom Harper. 19. Mitch Barnard. 20. Aled Ward. 21. Lucus Welch. 22. Matthew Lewis. 23. Garyn Payne
Tickets – Admission on the day 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 new online e-Ticket system, link – e-Tickets – The club has increased the range of tickets now available to cover small groups (2 people) and large groups (4 people). We are also pleased to have introduced a family ticket for our Youth and Mini & Junior sections.
Club Shop – For all your Ponty RFC merchandise, the Club Shop will be open from 1:00pm – 5:30pm.
Live Sport – The Clubhouse will be open from midday and will be showing live European Champions Cup rugby on the various screens for your enjoyment.