Friday, 26 September 2014


With another exiting round of Principality Premiership action in store this weekend, the team here at All Wales Sport have been gazing into their crystal balls to predict the outcomes.

Sports writer Carl Field, a recent new addition to the All Wales Sport team, gives his thoughts and predictions below on each game with Laura Murton, Lisa Stenstrom and Chris Smart also offering up their own predictions.

It’s all for a bit of fun…what do you think? Do you think they are on the money or well wide of the mark? Let us know below. You can also follow the team on Twitter: @allwalessportre @mrcarlfield @figgyevo.

Bedwas v Aberavon

Bedwas will have felt aggrieved to let victory from their grasp in their opening home game against Llanelli, although bounced back in some style to record an excellent win at last season’s beaten play-off finalists Cross Keys last weekend.

Aberavon picked a losing bonus point in their narrow defeat from an encouraging display with Drovers head coach Lyndon Lewis even conceding his side were a tad fortunate to come away with the spoils.

But I’m backing Bedwas to come out on top in a closely-contested battle at Bridge Field tomorrow afternoon.

Carl’s verdict: Bedwas by 7 points
Laura’s verdict: Aberavon by 3 points
Lisa verdict: Bedwas by 15 points
Chris’ verdict: Bedwas by 6 points

Cardiff v Cross Keys

Cardiff have certainly raised expectation levels with two bonus points meaning they top the Premiership table after two games as well as topping the try scoring stakes with 12.

Although they will have to make do without George Watkins – scorer of five of those tries – as the winger has been named in the Blues side to face Leinster this evening.

Cross Keys, who were surprisingly beaten at home by Bedwas last time out, should offer a stiffer challenge to the Blue and Blacks – particularly if they don’t give tries away, as Llanelli were guilty of against Cardiff last weekend.

Although I’m going for another Cardiff win at the Arms Park tomorrow.

Carl’s verdict: Cardiff by 5 points
Laura’s verdict: Cross Keys by 5 points
Lisa’s verdict: Cardiff by 7 points
Chris’ verdict: Cardiff by 7 points

Carmarthen Quins v Llanelli

If Llanelli can improve on their set plays and lineouts – and cut out the basic errors that gifted Cardiff victory last weekend, then Anthony Buchanan’s side could spring a surprise at Carmarthen Park tomorrow.

However I don’t see it happening and expect Quins to enjoy another comfortable home win having already crushed Newport on the opening weekend and backing that up with victory at Bridgend last time out.

Carl’s verdict: Carmarthen Quins by 25 points
Laura’s verdict: Carmarthen Quins by 10 points
Lisa’s verdict: Carmarthen Quins by 15 points
Chris’ verdict: Carmarthen Quins by 7 points

Ebbw Vale v Newport

The newly-promoted side’s win over Llandovery on the opening weekend certainly surprised a few – but they backed that up with an equally-impressive win over Neath at the Gnoll last time out.

Newport will be looking to kick-start their campaign after defeats against Carmarthen and Pontypridd respectively in their opening two clashes – but I think they will still be searching for that first win come Saturday tea time.

Carl’s verdict: Ebbw Vale by 7 points.
Laura’s verdict: Ebbw Vale by 15 points
Lisa’s verdict: Ebbw Vale by 18 points
Chris’ verdict: Ebbw Vale by 16 points

Neath v Llandovery

Neath were probably given a free pass by drawing out Pontypridd away on the opening weekend, but they will have been disappointed to not to register the first win of Rowland Phillips’ second spell in charge at home against Ebbw Vale last weekend.

I predict a close one at the Gnoll tomorrow. The Drovers bounced back with a narrow home win over Aberavon last time out, but I have the Welsh All Blacks down to nick it – just.

Carl’s verdict: Neath by 3 points
Laura’s verdict: Llandovery by 3 points
Lisa’s verdict: Llandovery by 6 points
Chris’ verdict: Llandovery by 5 points

Pontypridd v Bridgend

This is, on paper, probably the easiest of this weekend’s Premiership matches to predict.

Bonus point wins over Neath and Newport show the reigning champions are in no mood to move aside this season and, no disrespect to the Ravens, but I can’t see past a thoroughly convincing win for Ponty at Sardis Road tomorrow – and expect plenty of tries.

Carl’s verdict: Pontypridd by 35 points
Laura’s verdict: Pontypridd by 12 points
Lisa’s verdict: Pontypridd by 20 points
Chris’ verdict: Pontypridd by 23 points


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