DRAGONS speedster David Richards will make another attempt at a comeback from injury for Newport in the Gwent Premiership derby at Ebbw Vale tomorrow afternoon.

The title rivals clash at Eugene Cross Park in a game that is key to earning home advantage in the play-off semi-finals.

The second-placed Black and Ambers currently have a 15-point lead over the third-placed Steelmen, who have a game in hand.

If Ty Morris’ men can stretch their winning run to 11 games then they will give themselves a shot at pipping Llandovery to top spot, with the champions heading to Newport on Thursday.

Richards starts at full-back for the visitors after his return from a 14-month lay-off lasted just six minutes at the end of January.

The 24-year-old suffered a problem against Carmarthen Quins after previously being out with a serious hamstring tear and then a back issue that has impacted his power and explosiveness.

Richards forms an elusive back three with Elliot Frewen and Lloyd Lewis while Matt O’Brien starts at fly-half before swiftly making the trip to Rodney Parade as backs coach for the Dragons’ URC evening kick-off against the Bulls.

Ebbw haven’t played since their Premiership Cup semi-final loss to the Drovers three weeks ago.

Former Gloucester man Reece Dunn, who returned to the Cherry and Whites to play in a friendly against Bath a fortnight ago, makes his first start at full-back.

Jonathan Evans captains the Steelmen from scrum-half because Joe Franchi is on the bench, Ieuan Morris getting the nod at hooker.

Pontypool would have been disappointed that Cardiff edged out Swansea on Thursday night to take a step towards claiming fourth spot.

Leighton Jones' men are 17 points back but do have three games in hand. Pooler have had a fine first campaign back in the top flight but need to beat Neath at the Gnoll, ideally with a bonus.

Pooler make three changes with hooker Peter Lloyd, scrum-half Owain Leonard and wing Amosa Nove starting.