Preview: Carmarthen v Aberavon

Posted by Gareth Gange on 20/04/2017

Aberavon will be aiming for their fourth successive win in Tier 1 of the Principality Premiership this coming Saturday when the Wizards travel to Carmarthen Quins, kick off 2:30pm.

The Quins finished sixth in the first phase of Premiership after winning nine and drawing one of their fifteen games. At Carmarthen Park they recorded wins over Llanelli (41 - 10), Cross Keys (19 - 17), Pontypridd (32 - 26), Merthyr (26 - 13) & Bridgend (34 - 8). They also drew at home with Llandovery (20 - 20). Away from home, the Quins won at Swansea (21 - 14), Bargoed (18 - 17), Bedwas (23 - 17) & Neath (40 - 19). Their only league loss at home came against RGC 1404 who won 17 - 12 at Carmarthen Park back in September. Earlier this season, Aberavon and Carmarthen met at the Talbot Athletic Ground with the Wizards winning 38 - 33.

Looking at the first phase of the Premiership, in "attack" this season, Carmarthen scored 25.6 points on average per game (ranked 6th) and 2.8 tries (ranked 7th). In "defence" they conceded 20.3 points on average per game (ranked 6th) and 2.5 tries (ranked joint 8th). Aberavon scored 31.7 points per game (ranked top) and 4.5 tries (ranked top), and conceded 18.5 points (ranked 2nd) and 2.1 tries (ranked joint top).

In the second phase of the Premiership the Quins have lost all four of their games so far with them losing at Pontypridd (14 - 35), at home to both Bedwas (7 - 24) and Ebbw Vale (26 - 30), and, in their last outing, away to Merthyr (21 - 30).

So far, in the second phase, in "attack", Carmarthen have scored 17.0 points on average per game (ranked 8th) and 1.8 tries (ranked 8th). In "defence" they have conceded 29.8 points on average per game (ranked 7th) and 4.3 tries (ranked 7th). Aberavon have scored 24.8 points per game (ranked 3rd) and 3.0 tries (ranked joint 3rd), and have conceded 19.0 points (ranked 3rd) and 2.5 tries (ranked 4th).

Head-to-Head, Aberavon and Carmarthen have met each other 27 times in the league with the Wizards leading the series 17 - 9 with 1 game drawn. At Carmarthen Park, the Quins lead 7 - 6 but Aberavon have won on their last 2 visits to the ground.

Looking back thirteen years ago to the 2003-04 season the Wizards won 27 - 18 at the ground. A superb pack and defensive performance helped the Wizards to that win as they took a 17 - 0 lead at half time. Wing Lenny Woodard scored the only try of the half while outside half Jamie Davies slotted over four penalty kicks. At the end of normal time the visitors led 27 - 11 with wing Sam Greenaway scoring a try for Aberavon and Davies converting and adding a fifth penalty. For the home side, centre Emyr Jones touched down while outside half Aled Thomas and replacement Giles Thomas kicked penalties. In injury time, the Quins scored a consolation try by flanker Alan Mason with Thomas converting.

The Wizards team that day was: Ricky Price; Lenny Woodard, Darren Ryan (rep Aled James), David Hawkins (blood rep Mark Davies), Sam Greenaway; Jamie Davies, Daniel Hawkins; Mike Harris (rep Greg Dix), James Jones, Paul Breeze (rep Mark Thomas), Dafydd Owen, Chris Gittins, Steffan Edwards (rep Jamie Summers), Jonathan Purnell (rep Richard Morris), Howard Merrett (rep Paul Breeze).

The referee for Saturday’s game is Gareth Newman, aided by Simon Mills and Mathew J Thomas.

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