Bridgend Ravens
2017/2018 Principality Premiership
Bridgend 16 v 12 Newport
16 March 2018 - Morganstone Brewery Field, Bridgend
Newport

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Team to face Newport (H)

Bridgend Ravens welcome high flying Newport to the Morganstone Brewery Field on Friday evening, looking to build on Saturday's impressive performance at Sardis Road (7:30pm).
 
The Ravens stunned the House of Pain with five first half tries, but narrowly came up short in a 38-37 defeat thanks to a late Diggy Bird penalty. After some patchy form of late, there are signs that the current crop are starting to gel which set the squad up for a big end to the current campaign.
 
Newport stunned the league's big spenders Merthyr at the Wern. Again, a late penalty squeezing a 19-18 victory to continue their run of four straight league victories since the league merged. 
 
The sides met twice last season; Bridgend taking the spoils at Rodney Parade, before Newport stole victory at the Brewery Field during the Tier 2 split. Encounters between the sides are usually open, high scoring affairs on what is set to be a dry early Spring evening in Bridgend. Newport lead the recent head to head with three wins to Bridgend's two. 
 
For Bridgend, Jonny Phillips, Aaron Grabham and Ryan Griffiths are selected following their try scoring exploits of last weekend, with the impressive Stuart Floyd Ellis making his second start alongside Nathan Edwards in the centre. Jamie Murphy and Connor Tantum are the half backs.
 
Injury rules out Ashton Evans, who is replaced by Matthew John at No8. Dafi Davies and Adam O'Driscoll partner him in the back row. The flourishing partnership of Kieran Martin and Chris John are chosen in the boiler house. Rhodri Apsee, away on international duty, is replaced by Ollie Evans in a front row also featuring Gareth Harvey and Cai Lewis. 
 
Bridgend XV: 15. Jonny Phillips 14. Aaron Grabham 13. Stuart Floyd-Ellis 12. Nathan Edwards 11. Ryan Griffiths 10. Jamie Murphy 9. Connor Tantum
 
1. Ollie Evans 2. Gareth Harvey 3. Cai Lewis 4. Chris John 5. Kieran Martin 6. Adam O'Driscoll (capt) 7. Dafi Davies 8. Matthew John
 
Replacements: 16. Iestyn Merriman 17. Owen Jordan 18. Neil Elworthy 19. Owain Lloyd 20. Zac O'Driscoll 21. Chris Williams 22. Joseph Gatt 23. Ryan Evans
 
Newport XV: 15. Geraint O'Driscoll 14. Jonny Morris 13. Chay Smith 12. Tom Pascoe 11. Elliot Frewen 10. Matt O'Brien 9. Ryan James
 
1. John Lavender 2. Will Evans 3. Garin Harris 4. Joe Bartlett 5. Dan Partridge 6. Morgan Burgess 7. Kyle Tayler 8. Alex Everitt
 
Replacements: 16. Henry Palmer 17. Matt Prosser 18. Tom Piper 19. Andrew Mann 20. Rhys Cresswell 21. Owen Davies 22. Haydn Simons 23. Haydn Palmer

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