Ponty coach Dale McIntosh was a relieved man to comem through a tough challenge agaginst Merthyr at the weekend.
A relentless run of big games continues for Pontypridd with a tough away league tie at Cross Keys on this evening (KO 7:15pm).
Having battled hard to overcome a hugely spirited Merthyr side in the quarter finals of the SWALEC Cup last Saturday, Pontypridd must now quickly re-focus on a critical Premiership match, with the aim of defending their status as league leaders.
It was back in August of last year, and in the first game of the new season, that Ponty secured a hard fought home win over the Keys by 23pts to 15. Results since then have seen Pontypridd maintain pole position, accumulating 88pts and Cross Keys battling for qualification for the British & Irish Cup draw next season, in seventh position and on 50pts.
Ponty once more make a raft of changes from the line-up that started in the narrow cup win at Merthyr, eight in all as the coaches maintain their policy of freshening up the side for each game that comes along.
Pontypridd 15.Gareth Wyatt. 14.Lewis Williams. 13.Dafydd Lockyer. 12.Gary Williams. 11.Matthew Nuthall. 10.Simon Humberstone. 9.Garyn Lucas; 1.Ken Knaggs. 2.Huw Dowden. 3.Ryan Harford. 4.Craig Locke. 5.Ryan Savage. 6.Ed Siggery. 7.Wayne O'Connor. 8.Chris Dicomidis (capt)
Replacements: Lewis Jones; Dean Gunter; Chris Clayton; Tom Hetherington; Darren Waters; Stuart Williams; Matthew Screech
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RGC 1404's new head coach Mark Jones is hoping to build 'something special' in north Wales and is already looking forward to the development region participating in the Principality Premiership for the very first time.