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
Wales Head Coach Rob Howley talks to WRU TV's Sebastian Barrett about the 36-man squad he has just named for the forthcoming Under Armour series, which includes two uncapped players, Ospreys duo Sam Davies and Rory Thornton.
Head coach Rowland Phillips is deligthed he can now call BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park home for his Wales Women's side, who launch their international season next month with games against Scotland and UK Armed Forces in the heart of the capital city.
Wales Sevens star Sam Cross has put his home town club of Brynmawr on the map after winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics with Team GB. His club have now honoured him by naming their players bar after him, as WRU TV discovered at the official launch, recently.
One of the newest members of the Principality Premiership, Bargoed admit it's proving to be a steep learning curve at the highest level, but are determined to become a force to be reckoned with. WRU TV visited the club last weekend when they took on Llanelli.
Table-topping Aberavon travel to north Wales to tackle RGC 1404 as both teams defend unbeaten starts to the season in the Principality Premiership. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie visited the Wizards to see how their preparations were going for the game of the weekend.
The Half a Game initiative is currently sweeping across Wales and proving a major success. The scheme aims to give every young player at least half a game every weekend. WRU TV recently visited a festival in Narberth where clubs have fully embraced the initiative.
Both Bargoed and Swansea were seeking their first win of the Principality Premiership season this afternoon. It proved a fruitful day for the hosts - not only did they win, but Bargoed claimed a try bonus point.
Cardiff managed to keep their unbeaten record at home intact, but only just as Bridgend made them work extremely hard before the Blue and Blacks secured a hard fought Principality Premiership win at the BT Sport Arms Park last night.
Former Wales back row Andy Powell gives a guided tour of The Wern, home of Merthyr RFC, who are determined to prove a lot of people wrong and make their mark in their first season in the Principality Premiership.