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Cardiff v Pontypridd - Konica Minolta Cup Semi Final

21st April 2006

The Pontypridd squad has been engaged in an intense recovery programme during training this week, in readiness for their crunch Konica Minolta Welsh Cup semi final tie against Cardiff tonight (Friday 21st April).

The game will be played at the neutral venue of Rodney Parade, Newport (kick off 7:10 pm). Tickets will be available from the venue up until kick off.

Cardiff Coach Howard Stone is expecting to name Nick Macleod and Mark Lewis in the 22-man squad for the game.

Stone said, “Matches against Pontypridd are always tough encounters and with this being a semi-final it will be doubly so. We have done well in recent games, winning seven out of nine Premiership and cup matches, and want to continue our successful end to the season, It won’t be easy but this squad has come a long way of the course of the campaign and I think they still have more wins up their sleeve.”

Cardiff RFC provisional team:
Jamie Roberts; Elgan Jones/Jonathan Hill, Dafydd Hewitt, Richard Davies, Leon Andrews; Nick Macleod, Tom Isaacs/Chris Anderson; Geraint Morris/Rhys Gill, Michael Leaman, Nathan Trevett, Rob Meredith/Chris Jones, Chris Stamatakis, Mark Lewis/Neil Coles, James Malpas, Gareth Gravell (captain)

Pontypridd Team
15.Jason Pocock. 14.Chris Clayton. 13.Tom Riley. 12.Dafydd Lockyer. 11.Matthew Nuthall. 10.Dai Flanagan. 9.Gareth Jones. 1.Stuart Williams. 2.Leighton Davies. 3.Scott Roberts. 4.Dale McIntosh - cpt. 5.Grant Harrington. 6.Lee Evans. 7.Rhys Shellard. 8.Nathan Strong.

Subs: Tom Dickens; Paul Matthews; Morgan Stoddart; Ben Phillips; Ryan Harford; Adam Powell; Chris Dicomidis.