Carmarthen Quins v Bedwas
Quins are on a six-match winning streak and unbeaten in the
league since the second day of January. They’ll be big favourites to beat
Bedwas even though they haven’t seen any Premiership action for three weeks. Quins
have lost just twice at home all season although Bedwas haven’t got the worst
of away records.
Verdict – Quins by 15
Cross Keys v Aberavon
Before losing at Neath in their last league outing, Keys had
won four in a row and last weekend went through to the semi-finals of the
Swalec Cup. With the Wizards looking to keep first place with a win, Keys could
go top themselves if they pick up a bonus-point victory and others slip up.
Verdict – Aberavon by
Llanelli v Cardiff
Llanelli edged the reverse fixture by two points last
October and the Scarlets have to win again to stay in the hunt for a top three
place and a successful defence of their title. Cardiff’s inconsistency can be
seen in their last two performances, a victory at home over Aberavon and a defeat
at Pontypool. This should be a home win.
Verdict – Llanelli by
Newport v Swansea
Both sides go into this one on the back of morale-denting
losses, Swansea in the cup at Ebbw Vale and Newport in the league at Cross Keys
where they shipped 50 points. However, Newport at home seem to be a different
team and they’ve won their last three at Rodney Parade, including successes
against Neath and Pontypridd.
Verdict – Newport by 9
Pontypridd v Neath
Pontypridd have games in hand on the six clubs above them in
the table but they’ll know that a win on Saturday will not only work wonders
for them but dent Neath’s championship aspirations too. And the hosts had a
perfect warm-up by beating the Welsh All Blacks in the cup last weekend but
they and their fans know that this is likely to be an even tougher assignment.
Verdict – Pontypridd by
Tonmawr v Llandovery
A great chance for Llandovery to bag a bonus point and
perhaps move to the summit should Aberavon and Neath fail to win their matches.
Tonmawr scored 34 points at Aberavon last Saturday but still conceded more than
50 so it’s quite clear where their weakness lies.
Verdict – Llandovery by