Preview: Llandovery v Cardiff RFC

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Cardiff RFC look to continue the winning streak in the 2019/20 season as they travel to Llandovery on Saturday afternoon for a 2.30pm kick-off.

The Blue and Blacks made it 10 wins from 10 in the Indigo Group Premiership with a win over reigning champions Merthyr last week, extending the lead to 12 points at the top of the table heading into this weekend’s game which marks the mid-point of the season.

Llandovery, on the other hand, are down in ninth as things stand with four wins and three losses, but maintain three games in hand on most of the other sides in the league. Win those and they could rise as high as third.

The Drovers are actually on a winning run of two games, having beaten Swansea away and Pontypridd at home in their recent outings, but due to game postponements they have come over the last four weeks.

They do have the advantage of an unbeaten strong over Cardiff RFC in the Premiership as well, with three wins and a draw in the last four games dating back to the end of the 2015/16 season when tries for Richard Smith (2), Cam Dolan, Rhys Carre and James Loxton secured a 40-34 win for the Blue and Blacks.

At the time of writing there has been no team news from Llandovery, but the away side have made five changes to the side that beat Merthyr last week, the majority coming in the tight five.

Alex Everett Merthyr RFC

Brynley Toms, Iestyn Harris and Ollie Drake start in the front row, with Thomas Davies dropping to the bench and Evan Yardley and Peter Lloyd injured, while Kieran Martin makes his first start of the season in the second row replacing the injured Callum Bradbury.

The solo change in the backs sees Jason Harries replace the rested James Beal, while former Bedwas prop Matthew Pettit covers tighthead off the bench, Hugo Souto and Lloyd Pike are recalled and Ethan Lloyd and Ioan Davies drop down from the Cardiff Blues setup.

Cardiff RFC: Edd Howley, Jason Harries, Leon Andrews, Max Llewellyn, Teri Gee, Gareth Thompson, Tom Habberfield; Brynley Toms, Iestyn Harris, Ollie Drake, Sam Pailor, Kieran Martin, Alex Everett, Zach O’Driscoll, Morgan Allen (c)

Replacements: Hugo Souto, Thomas Davies, Matthew Pettit, Lloyd Pike, James Thomas, Ethan Lloyd, Joe Scrivens, Ioan Davies

Some bad weather forecast in Llandovery is likely to play into the hands of the home side but the visitors will be confident in their ability to grind wins out as we have done consistently this season.

It may well be a battle of the defences again and Gareth Thompson’s 90% kicking success off the tee will need to be continued if the Blue and Blacks are to make it an unbeaten first half of the season.

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