NEWPORT chief Craig Warlow says he has no regrets over making wholesale changes for the National Cup loss to RGC 1404 last weekend.

Eleven players who did not start the 45-19 defeat of Cross Keys on December 29 were in the team to face the North Walians at Cardiff Arms Park seven days later.

A poor first period from Newport proved costly and RGC claimed a 35-17 success to secure their place in the second round.

Warlow doesn’t regret going with the starting XV he picked to face Mark Jones’ men, and he will shuffle his pack again this weekend following that disappointing opening 40 in the capital.

Third-placed Cardiff, who beat Newport 29-27 in September, are the visitors to Rodney Parade tomorrow (kick-off 2.30pm).

“RGC was disappointing from a performance point of view,” said Warlow. “We were particularly poor in the first 40 minutes.

“I’ve no regrets whatsoever about the number of changes last Saturday, I’m here to do what I feel is best for the whole season.

“We won’t be judged on one 40 minutes and, in the main, this season has been really enjoyable and fulfilling.

“We’re trying to make it a competitive environment where everybody has ample opportunity to wear the jersey, and with that comes responsibility.

“If they don’t perform then the jersey goes back to somebody else.”

He added: “There will be changes for Cardiff.

“A couple of the senior boys that weren’t considered for last week will be considered for Cardiff.”

Fifth-placed Newport have won their last three in the league, and Warlow expects a fairly open game tomorrow.

“You’ll have two good teams going at it,” said Warlow. “Cardiff have impressed in the last few weeks, but if we play well then we will have every chance of winning.”

Hooker Evan Whitson is available again for Newport.