Friday, 27 September 2013

Principality Premiership Weekend Predictions

Aberavon v Cardiff

Aberavon were convincingly beaten by Quins last week but are so far unbeaten at home this season. For Cardiff, this will be their third match away on the bounce after comfortably seeing off Bedwas last week, and I think they will edge this contest.
Verdict- Cardiff by 3 points
 Cross Keys v Llandovery
Llandovery are unbeaten so far but will face a tough test at Pandy Park. The Drovers really enjoyed themselves against Bridgend and I think if they get an early score tomorrow, they could go on to win convincingly. The Keys started the season with a blast to nab BIC qualification, but have failed to kick on and struggled to the win against Swansea before coming up short against Pontypridd.
Verdict- Llandovery by 5 points
Llanelli v Bridgend
Llanelli have needed strong second halves to claim the two wins they have notched up so far, and I think Anthony Buchanan will be demanding a full 80 minute performance from his troops tomorrow. Having said that, Llanelli should have too much for Bridgend, with Ben Rose’s side still without a win in three starts despite running Ponty close at Sardis Road.
Verdict- Llanelli by 10 points
Neath v Bedwas
The battle between the bottom two takes place at the Gnoll tomorrow with both sides in desperate need of a win. Neath were woeful against Swansea and failed to turn up second half against Llanelli in their opening encounter. Bedwas were unlucky to come away with Ponty with nothing on the opening day but last week, Steve Law’s men struggled to find any rhythm against visitors Cardiff and were well beaten. The two respective coaches, I am sure, will expect a reaction from their players and I think this will be a real battle to the end.
Verdict- Neath by 3 points
 Swansea v Carmarthen Quins
Swansea notched up their first victory last weekend but I don’t think they will have the firepower to trouble this Quins side, who have looked good so far this season and could potentially go top - albeit for 24 hours - before Ponty play.
Verdict- Carmarthen Quins by 12 points
 Sunday 29
Pontypridd v Newport
It will be worrying for the rest of the Premiership that Ponty haven’t gotten out of second gear as yet, but already sit top of the table. Newport were the only side to beat Dale McIntosh’s men last term but I can’t see the Rodney Parade side troubling the hosts, who, I’m sure, will be intent on providing a rugby spectacle for the S4C audience.

Verdict- Pontypridd by 13 points.


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