There will be no respite for Pontypridd as their Principality Premiership campaign continues apace, the next engagement being an away match at Pontypool on Tuesday evening (KO 7:15pm).
Following on from a crunch top of the table clash with Neath last time out, Ponty will need to maintain the momentum gathered in winning that encounter by going all out for another victory at Pontypool Park.
The reverse fixture back towards the end of September saw Pontypridd gain a home win over their Gwent opponents by 24-13.
'Pooler' have since then been hovering just above the relegation zone, but have consolidated a position of safety with some hard fought victories epitomising the fighting spirit of the "Viet-Gwent".
In an attempt to keep the squad fresh and to utilise the strength in depth available, Pontypridd once more make a number of changes from the starting line up which nailed the all important home win over Neath. Matthew Nuthall, Lewis Williams and Chris Clayton form a new attacking back three with Dean Gunter stepping in at No 10.
Huw Dowden, recovered from a long standing hamstring injury, is given the hooker's berth with Jake Thomas occupying the blindside flanker position, allowing Darren Waters to revert to the openside.
Pontypridd: 15.Matthew Nuthall. 14.Lewis Williams. 13.Gavin Dacey. 12.Dafydd Lockyer. 11.Chris Clayton. 10.Dean Gunter. 9.Garyn Lucas; 1.Stuart Williams. 2.Huw Dowden. 3.Ryan Harford. 4.Craig Locke. 5.Ryan Savage. 6.Jake Thomas. 7.Darren Waters. 8.Chris Dicomidis (Capt)
Replacements: Kristian Baller; Simon Humberstone; Gary Williams; Tom Hetherington; Wayne O'Connor; Owen Sheppeard; Chris Phillips.
Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
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