Pooler look to act on 'wake-up call'
PONTYPOOL analyst Alun Carter says last week’s 21-6 Swalec Championship away defeat to Llanharan – their first of the season – has acted as a ‘wake-up call’.
Pooler had started their league campaign in excellent form, victorious in their first two matches with bonus points wins.
But they came crashing back down to earth with a bump last Saturday.
They have a great chance of bouncing back this weekend when they entertain bottom club Bonymaen at Pontypool Park.
But Carter, a former head analyst with Wales, insists they won’t be taking the Swansea side lightly but they have no points after losing their first three games heavily, shipping 37 points a game.
“Losing to Llanharan was a wake-up call in many ways and Mike Hook (head coach) spoke to the players in training this week and told them there’s a lot of work to be done and we have a lot of tough games coming up,” he said.
“And there’s no chance we will be taking Bonymaen lightly this weekend because they will be desperate for a win.”
Pontypool hope to welcome back their captain Luke Dyckhoff after the back rower missed last week’s setback with a dead leg.
Former favourite Steve Taylor, whose career was blighted by a serious knee injury, is back at the club and the wing made his first appearance of the season last week when he came on as a replacement.
Carter said: “We are hoping Luke and Steve will both be back this weekend – they will bring leadership qualities to the team.”
Blackwood aim to build on their morale-boosting bonus point triumph away at Bonymaen and could well record back-to-back wins against RGC 1404.
Second in the table Ebbw Vale face top dogs Cardiff Met in leafy Cyncoed for what promises to be the game of the day with the Steelmen and students both unbeaten.
Newbridge will secretly fancy their chances at home against Bridgend Athletic, the Welfare Ground hoping to fare better than last week’s 19-8 reverse at Beddau.
Saturday’s Swalec Championship matches: Blackwood v RGC 1404, Cardiff Met v Ebbw Vale, Narberth v Bargoed, Newbridge v Bridgend Athletic, Pontypool v Bonymaen, Tata Steel v Beddau, Tondu v Llanharan.
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