Pontypool and Blackwood to try Swalec Cup clash again

PONTYPOOL RFC and Blackwood will have another go at getting their Swalec Cup clash on after last weekend’s game fell victim to the snow.

Mike Hook’s men will now travel to Blackwood on Friday night for a 7.15pm kick-off under the lights.

The Pooler squad have been unable to train on their Pontypool Parc pitch this week because of the snow but Hook believes that’s proved a blessing.

“We’ve been training in Cwmbran and down in the sports hall at Llanwern High School,” the Pooler head coach said.

“It’s been productive and actually quite refreshing. It’s been nice to go somewhere different.”

The enforced break has also allowed Pooler to nurse a number of players back to full fitness, including back-row bruiser Adam Brake, giving them a nigh-on full strength squad to pick from.

And it looks likely Pooler will need to call on the carrying of men like Brake on Friday, as Hook is under no illusions what kind of game his side are in for.

“I would echo even more what I said last week, this game is going to be won up front.

“The pitch is going to be heavy and it is going to be heavily forward dominated. I can’t see it being pretty.

“If anyone remembers the Ebbw Vale game of a couple of years ago, I think it’s going to be like that again.”

GARNDIFFAITH RFC are also hopeful their Swalec Bowl clash with Brynmawr will finally go ahead at the fourth time of asking this Friday.

Head coach Nathan Daniels said he felt his side were now ready for the type of physical challenge Brynmawr are set to bring, thanks to forwards coach Leighton “Slug” Jones.

The former Pontypool captain, whose father Steve “Junna” Jones also played for Pooler and Newport, took charge of the forwards at the start of the season and has been praised for adding steel to the Garn pack.

“We had a good win up at Rhymney last time out and that was the biggest indication of the improvement our forwards have made under Leighton,” said Daniels “We really ground out the result up there.

“In the past we have been a bit soft, but they came back at us strongly there and we were able to stand up to them and contain them when in the past that was a game we would have lost.”

As well as Friday’s rearranged game, Pontypool RFC have announced their postponed league game at Beddau will nowbe played on February 9 at 1pm ahead of Wales’ game in Paris.

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