Pontypridd will battle on with a squad depleted by injuries and regional and international call-ups, to fulfill their next fixture, a home league tie against Pontypool tomorrow evening (KO 7:15pm.)
Playing their second game of three crammed into a seven day period, Ponty will have little time to dwell on a disappointing away defeat at Rotherham in the British & Irish Cup last weekend, as they go all out to secure valuable league points against bottom placed club Pontypool.
Absent through injury for the Pooler match are centres Adam Thomas (leg) and Dafydd Lockyer (groin), outside half Matthew Hutchings (ankle), prop Sam Hobbs (head),lock Chris Martenko (back), and flankers Kristian Dacey (shoulder), Wayne O'Connor (ribs) and Darren Waters (toe).
On Magners League duty with the Blues senior squad this week are hooker Huw Dowden and outside half Dai Flanagan, whilst scrum half Rhys Downes, hooker Rhys Williams and lock McCauley Cook are with the Wales under 20s squad. Flanker Rhys Lloyd is away on work commitments.
Selection will be boosted however by the timely return from Wales Sevens duties of full back Aaron Bramwell and centre Gavin Dacey, with all the Williams' - props Stuart and Jon and wing Owen making their comebacks from injury. Drafted in on permit for Ponty are second row Craig Locke from Mountain Ash and back rowers Alun Thomas from Ynysybwl and Matthew Rees from Merthyr.
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Ebbw Vale captain Damien Hudd picked up the biggest accolade of the night at the 11th Principality Premiership Awards Evening held at Principality Stadium, after leading his side to the title for the first time.
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