2017/2018 Principality Premiership
Pontypridd 20 v 18 Cardiff
23 December 2017 - Sardis Road, Pontypridd

Match Preview

Pontypridd - Cardiff

Cardiff travel to Pontypridd on Saturday for the first time since the Sardis Rd ground had it’s new pitch installed. The game will be live on S4C and kicks off at 5:15.

Cardiff’s last game ended in defeat at home to Bedwas. Head Coach Steve Law was very disappointed with the overall performance that evening ‘ we have a lot of opportunities in the game and were well in it for 65 minutes, but we capitulated in the final 15 and Bedwas put us away as any good side will. This weekend is another huge challenge, a Regional derby against one of our biggest rivals.

They are at the top of the table as they seem to be every year, and they have great quality in their squad. We will need to put in an 80 minute performance in we want to come away with anything from the game as was shown by our last meeting. We were ahead going into the final quarter but faded and allowed them to pull away.

It is pleasing to get a few players back from injury this week. Gareth Thompson and Jim Botham both return, but as they come back we lose another back row in Reuben Tucker who has an ACL injury that will keep him out for the rest of the season"

Cardiff (vs Pontypridd)

1 Rhys Carre

2 Ian Jenkins

3 Dillon Lewis

4 James Murphy

5 Callum Bradbury

6 Ben White

7 Jim Botham

8 Sion Bennett

9 Rhodri Cole

10 Ben Thomas

11 Pat Lewis

12 Will Rees-Hole

13 Dafydd Smith

14 James Beal

15 Llwyarch Ap Myrddin


16 Fraser Young

17 Corrie Tarrant

18 Peter Lloyd

19 Corey Tucker

20 Owen Lloyd

21 Geraint Watkin

22 Gareth Thompson

23 Corey Howells