Team to face Newport (A)

Bridgend Ravens

Team to face Newport (A)

Bridgend Ravens head to Rodney Parade to face Newport in a re-arranged Indigo Premiership clash on Saturday afternoon (2:30pm).
 
Bridgend head into the game on the back of another last kick defeat, this time to Pontypridd at the Morganstone Brewery Field. There were plenty of positive signs for the Ravens, who had a week of recovery prior to a tough week on the training paddock ahead of this weekend’s game. Bridgend’s league form prior to this had been mixed; a narrow opening day defeat to Aberavon by 26pts to 27 was followed by a home win against Merthyr by 17pts to 12. Llandovery were Bridgend’s next opponent and they blitzed Bridgend with a 20 minute onslaught at the start of the second period to win 40pts to 13. Then came the agonising defeat to Pontypridd. Bridgend know they’ll need to be at their best when they face Ty Morris’ side this weekend. 
 
Newport’s last home game saw them taste defeat in a 17pts to 29 reverse at home to Indigo Premiership champions Merthyr. Last weekend, they earned a sensational victory at Llandovery by 9pts to 3 in terrible conditions at Church Bank. They have two wins to their name so far, with the other coming against Ebbw Vale on opening weekend. 
 
With injuries decimating Bridgend, chances have been given to a number of youngsters and new talents. There’s a new face involved amongst the replacements, with Bridgend adding to the squad with the signing of experienced back row forward Ryan Hall, formerly of Aberavon and Tata Steel. Another back row man, Joseph Davies will also be hoping to make his competitive debut for the club after impressing in pre-season before suffering an injury setback – he takes his place amongst Bridgend’s replacements.
 
Owen Howe retains his place at full back, in a back three with Dewi Cross and Andrew Evans. Stuart Floyd Ellis and Nathan Edwards continue their partnership in midfield with Jamie Murphy and Chris Williams retained at half back.
 
It’s a welcome return to action for Tom Morgan in the back row with Dafi Davies and Jack Pope. James Little comes into the second row to pair up with Ben Jones. Owen Jordan, Iestyn Merriman and the returning Cai Lewis are given the nod in the front row. 
 
Bridgend Ravens XV: 
 
15. Owen Howe (Maesteg Quins)
14. Dewi Cross (Pencoed) 
13. Stuart Floyd Ellis (Bridgend Athletic)
12. Nathan Edwards (capt) (Maesteg Quins)
11. Andrew Evans (Douglas IOM RFC)
10. Jamie Murphy (Pencoed)
9. Chris Williams (Llanharan)
 
1. Owen Jordan (Glynneath)
2. Iestyn Merriman (Bridgend Athletic)
3. Cai Lewis (Tondu) 
4. James Little (Llantrisant)
5. Ben Jones (Kenfig Hill)
6. Jack Pope (Pencoed)
7. Tom Morgan (Bridgend Athletic)
8. Dafi Davies (Llantwit Major)
 
Replacements: 16. Gareth Harvey (Kenfig Hill) 17. Rhys Forse (Dinas Powys) 18. Adam Court (Pontyclun) 19. Ryan Hall (Dinas Powys)  20. Joseph Davies (Cowbridge) 21. Dan James (Bridgend Athletic) 22. Ryan Evans (Llanharan) 23. Julian Mogg (Clifton)
 
Bridgend Ravens’ Supporters Bus leaves Sadlers Bar at 12:30pm, returning 30 minutes after the match. The cost to travel is £10 for Adults, £5 for Children. There are limited spaces remaining, so if you’d like to travel, please contact Aled Thomas on 07532196963 as soon as possible. Sadlers Bar is serving breakfast prior to the bus departure to Newport on Saturday. Breakfast is served from 11am. 
 
* Please note, we have been informed by Newport RFC that Rodney Parade is now a cashless stadium. Payment at bars and food outlets is by credit or debit card only. Admission to the ground can be paid by cash. *