TY Morris is hoping his Newport side can overcome their injury problems and find a way to extend their good record over Indigo Premiership leaders Llandovery this weekend.

The Black and Ambers have won four of the last five meetings between the two clubs and two of the last three in west Wales.

Head coach Morris hopes that will give his players the incentive to "get back on the horse" after their home defeat to Ebbw Vale in last weekend's Gwent derby.

"We had a bad day with our kicking in difficult conditions against Ebbw Vale and we simply weren't accurate enough," admitted Morris.

"We've talked about that and now we have to move on and try to get back to winning ways. There is no panic, we are still in the top two, and this time last season we had lost half-a-dozen games.

"Llandovery have maintained their momentum from last season when they won the title, but I'll be reminding my players that they beat them 52-33 at home last season and only lost by two points at Church Bank.

"Before that, we beat them at their place in the two previous games. So, we should travel with a degree of confidence."

Once again, Morris won't have Matt O'Brien in his back line while he is away coaching the Dragons on tour in South Africa.

He is also missing three second rows, two other centre options and three tight head props.

"It's not ideal, but we just have to get on with it. A lot of our injuries are all in the same position, but that means an opportunity for other players," said Morris.

"We fully realise Matt's position as a coaching with the Dragons, so we have to deal with it. We've got two good options at No 10 in Carwyn Penny and Jac Lloyd."

Third-placed Pontypool head to Bridgend for a tricky challenge and will be without Wales U20 prop Dylan Kelleher-Griffiths, who has travelled to South Africa with the Dragons.

Director of rugby Leighton Jones was pleased to see his side bounce back to winning ways last weekend after their defeat at Llandovery, but wouldn’t have been happy to only take four points from a 24-12 win at home against bottom of the table Neath.

Pooler remain in third place, having played one game more than the teams around them, and can expect a thorough examination from Bridgend at the Brewery Field.

Ebbw Vale, 10 points clear of fifth-placed Merthyr and level on points with Pooler, will have home advantage over Swansea.

The All Whites have already won on the road twice this season, including a win in Newport, and will be hoping to hit back after their 22-12 home defeat to Cardiff last weekend.

Premiership: Bridgend v Pontypool, Cardiff v Aberavon, Ebbw Vale v Swansea, Llandovery v Newport, RGC v Merthyr.

Championship East: Bargoed v St Peters, Bedwas v Ystrad Rhondda, Glamorgan W v Cross Keys, Newbridge v Treorchy, Penallta v Beddau, Rumney v Cardiff Met.