Pontypridd will have little time to dwell on a disappointing away defeat at Bedwas on Saturday as they head on to their next Premiership encounter, another away tie against title chasing Cardiff.
The fixtures just keep coming during a hectic final run in to the end of the season, with Ponty facing Cardiff at the Arms Park this evening (ko 7:15pm).
The Blue and Blacks have strung together a phenomenal run of 14 league victories on the trot, that being the platform from which they now seem poised to clinch the Premiership title.
All Ponty v Cardiff games bear a special significance, reflecting an age old rivalry between the two clubs, and the Valley Commandos will seek to at least delay the city club's celebrations, whilst seeking to mount their own challenge for a third place finish in the league.
A busy fixture schedule continues to take its toll on the Ponty squad. The latest injury victims from the Bedwas game are prop Pat Palmer with shoulder damage, winger Lewis Williams with a recurrence of a back strain, and centre Adam Thomas who suffered concussion in the dying seconds of the match and will now be out for what remains of the season. Flanker Wayne O'Connor continues to serve a week long ban for accumulating three yellow cards.
Ponty welcome back outside half Dai Flanagan from regional duties, and flanker Rhys Lloyd from his work commitments. Kristian Baller reverts to the full back position, with young centre Lee Thorne drafted in on permit from Llanharan to cover on the bench.
Pontypridd: 15.Kristian Baller. 14.Owen Williams. 13.Gavin Dacey. 12.Mike Davies. 11.Chris Clayton. 10.Dai Flanagan. 9.Rhys Downes; 1.Sam Hobbs. 2.Rhys Williams. 3.Ryan Harford. 4.Ryan Savage. 5.Chris Dicomidis. 6.Geraint Lewis. 7.Rhys Lloyd. 8.Nathan Strong - cpt.
Subs: Andrew Jenkins; Lee Thorne; Lawrence Price; Stuart Williams; Huw Dowden; Chris Martenko; Cory Hearne
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.