Pontypridd will seek to make a mark in their last Premiership fixture for some time, as SWALEC and British & Irish Cup duties return to the agenda from next week.
A home league tie against Bedwas tomorrow (KO 1pm), could be viewed as a must win game.
Having lost some of their early season momentum and now lying in fifth position in the table, Ponty will be determined to put behind them a disappointing reverse away at Llanelli last week, with a return to winning ways.
Their opponents currently lie in twelfth position, albeit a comfortable thirteen points clear of the drop zone, and always able to pose a threat.
Ponty's injury problems have been compounded by a couple of industrial accidents this week, with props Stuart Williams and Jon Williams both suffering knocks in work. Also sidelined are centre Dafydd Lockyer (groin),lock Grant Harrington (abdominal tear) and flankers Wayne O'Connor (rib cartilage) and Kristian Dacey (shoulder).
Centre Aaron Bramwell continues to tour New Zealand with the Wales Sevens squad, whilst scrum half Rhys Downes, hooker Rhys Williams and lock McCauley Cook are all selected for Wales under 20s against England.
With the Ponty squad stretched in many departments, there is a welcome return to club duties for hooker Huw Dowden and lock Chris Dicomidis who both recently featured for the Blues, whilst newly signed prop Ken Knaggs and flanker Matthew Rees, on permit from Merthyr, both take a place on the bench. Matthew Hutchings is given a start at number 10 as the only change in the back line.
Pontypridd 15.Matthew Nuthall. 14.Chris Clayton. 13.Gavin Dacey. 12.Adam Thomas. 11.Lewis Williams. 10.Matthew Hutchings. 9.Kristian Baller; 1.Lewis Smout. 2.Huw Dowden. 3.Ryan Harford. 4.Ryan Savage. 5.Chris Dicomidis. 6.Rhys Lloyd. 7.Darren Waters. 8.Nathan Strong - cpt.
Replacements: Gavin Morris; Dean Gunter; Gary Williams; Tom Hetherington; Matthew Rees; Chris Martenko; Ken Knaggs.
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.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
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.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
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.
Dodgy tattoos, carthorses, Avatar and soft chins are revealed by Wales Sevens players Tom Williams and Sam Cross as they profile the Wales Sevens squad taking part in Hong Kong this weekend in the latest round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.