Preview: Bridgend Ravens v Cardiff RFC

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Cardiff RFC return to Indigo Group Premiership action this weekend in a top v bottom clash at the Brewery Field.

The Blue and Blacks are off the back of a 78-12 thrashing of Ebbw Vale last Friday, the most points scored in a game during the semi-professional era thanks to 11 tries being scored.

Bridgend on the other hand are having a tough season, sitting at the foot of the table after losing 22-0 to Newport at Rodney Parade last season.

They also have the memory of last season’s game between the sides at the Brewery Field thanks to tries from Tom Daley, Morgan Allen and Will Rees-Hole, as well as the combined kicking of Gareth Thompson, Edd Howley and Steffan Jones.

The Ravens make five changes to the team that lost the the Black and Ambers last week, four of which come up front.

Gareth Harvey is in at hooker, Jack Pope is selected at lock while Joseph Davies and Joseph Grabham form a new flanker duo. In the backs Jacob Chilcott is in at fly-half as Jamie Murphy drops to full-back.

Bridgend: Jamie Murphy, Dewi Cross, Stuart Floyd Elis, Nathan Edwards (c), Andrew Evans, Jacob Chilcott, Chris Williams; Owen Jordan, Gareth Harvey, Cai Lewis, Jack Pope, Ben Jones, Joseph Davies, Joseph Grabham, Travis Huntley

Replacements: Iestyn Merriman, Rhys Forse, Adam Court, James Little, Ryan Hall, Dan James, Brad Roderick, Tyler Williams

For Cardiff RFC there are a number of changes with James Ratti, James Botham, Ben Thomas and Dan Fish called up to Cardiff Blues, while Barney Nightingale is injured.

Sam Pailor, Alex Everett, Leon Andrews, Joe Scrivens and Joe Gatt are in, while a tactical change sees Ollie Drake replace Peter Lloyd at tighthead.

Cardiff RFC: Joe Scrivens, Ioan Davies, Leon Andrews, Max Llewellyn, Joe Gatt, Gareth Thompson, Tom Habberfield; Thomas Davies, Evan Yardley, Ollie Drake, Sam Pailor, Callum Bradbury, James Thomas, Alex Everett, Morgan Allen (c)

Replacements: Hugo Souto, Brynley Toms, Peter Lloyd, Teddy Williams, Zach O’Driscoll, Ethan Lloyd, Sam Beard, Edd Howley

A potential banana skin for Cardiff with the team sporting a number of changes again and coming up against a Bridgend team hoping to kick-start their season.

There is plenty of motivation for the Blue and Blacks though with the winning streak on the line and momentum needed before a top of the table clash with Aberavon next week.

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