Caerphilly look to halt Vale challenge
Caerphilly go in search of desperately needed Welsh-Scottish Premier League points when they take on in-form Ebbw Vale at Virginia Park on Monday night.
The game was originally scheduled to be played two days after Christmas but was called off and led to Caerphilly being docked four points by the Welsh Rugby Union, a situation which sees them languishing at the foot of the table.
In contrast Vale are riding high having reached the quarter-finals of the European Shield and are preparing for the sixth round of the Welsh Challenge Cup next weekend when they travel to face minnows Builth Wells.
The promising Luke Richards continues at scrum half for Caerphilly and will be partnered at halfback by Jonathan Hooper.
Following a 70-point drubbing at Llanelli the Castletown team will be looking for a much-improved performance, although they are certain to start as substantial underdogs against one of the teams still very much in with a chance of lifting the crown.
Coach Chris Davey has named Danzi Niblo, Nathan Jones, Jarrod Lougher and Anthony Evans for the pack's engine room, and will choose two of them shortly before the kick-off.
Davey said: ``We know Ebbw Vale are at the top of their form and it's going to be a very tough test but we must start picking up some points in games like these."