Chris Dicomidis leads a strong Pontypridd side against Tata Steel
Pontypridd face an away trip to Championship side Tata Steel on Saturday as they look to maintain their impressive recent form.
The Sardis Road club are well used to making their Cup progress at away venues - they came through a daunting trip to Llanelli in the last round with a 14-22 victory.
The opposition this time around may be from a lower division, but will offer as stern a test of character and ability in their own right.
Dale McIntosh's side go into the tie with two new injury absentees amongst the squad. Tight head prop Keiron Jenkins suffered a recurrence of a chest muscle tear in the away league match at Bridgend last weekend whilst flanker Rhys Shellard has returned from Wales Sevens duties with a slight achilles strain.
Making a welcome return from international duties, with the Sevens and under 20s squads respectively, are centre Adam Thomas and prop Bradley Thyer.
Amongst a number of changes made to the team that won at Bridgend are the centre pairing of Dafydd Lockyer and Gary Williams and the half back partnership of Simon Humberstone and Gareth James. Youngsters Jack Dando at hooker and Jordan Sieniawski at lock are given their opportunities amongst the pack.
Pontypridd: 15 Gareth Wyatt 14 Chris Clayton 13 Dafydd Lockyer 12 Gary Williams 11 Owen Williams 10 Simon Humberstone 9 Gareth James, 1 Scott Roberts 2 Jack Dando 3 Bradley Thyer 4 Jordan Sieniawski 5 Chris Dicomidis (c) 6 Ed Siggery 7 Tom Hetherington 8 Dan Godfrey.
Replacements: Carl Thomas, Dai Flanagan, Adam Thomas, Darran Harris, Owen Sheppeard, Craig Locke, Chris Phillips, Stuart Williams.
Ebbw Vale coach Jason Strange is proud of his side's effort in against Pontypridd in the Principality Premiership final and as WRU TV's Liz Jones finds out, he's now looking forward to Wales' Under 20 campaign with confidence.
The countdown to the Junior World Championships starts in this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We speak to WRU U20 coaching co-ordinator Allan Lewis and captain Rory Thornton. We speak to the winning teams at SWALEC Finals Day, Wales Sevens manager Steffan Thomas and Wales women's rugby manager Caroline Spanton.
We hear from JPR Williams, Tommy David and all six clubs in SWALEC Finals Day, as well as the first woman to referee a game at the Millennium Stadium, in this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. JPR and David reminisce over the 1979 final, while we hear from Pontypridd, Bridgend, Ystrad Rhondda, Ystradgynlais, Cambrian Welfare and Newcastle Emlyn. Kath Pritchard became the forst Welsh woman to referee a game at the Millennium Stadium - we speak to her and WRU community referee development officer Paul Adams.
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
A look ahead to Judgement Day and back at youth finals day in the Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We hear from Andrew Coombs, Jake Ball, James Davies, Dan Lydiate and Josh Navidi. We also speak to Wattstown, Ystradgynlais, Rhydfelin, Pontypool United, Penallta and Pontypridd youth coaches at finals day at the Millennium Stadium.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.
The Principality Premiership awards and the Wales U20s get ready for the world cup in this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We hear from coach of the year, Ebbw Vale's Jason Strange and Wales scrum half Rhys Webb. We also speak to Wales U20s Rory Thornton, Harrison Keddie, Tom Phillips and Geraint Lewis.
Pontypridd claim the Principality Premiership title - we speak to captain Dafydd Lockyer and coach Gareth Wyatt on the Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We also hear from losing finalists Ebbw Vale and their coach Jason Strange, while Steve Tandy and Dan Baker look ahead to the Ospreys Guinness Pro12 semi-final in Munster and Wales U20 defence coach Richard Hodges talks about the Junior World Championships.
Bargoed gained revenge for their only league loss of the season 25 days earlier by Merthyr as they added the Worthington Mid District Cup at Sardis Road, Pontypridd, to their earlier Championship success with a 39-20 triumph.
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