Preview: Carmarthen Quins v Aberavon
Posted by Gareth Gange on 10/11/2017
Carmarthen have won six of their nine games in the Premiership West. They have won all five of their home games, with them also winning on the road at Aberavon back in September. The Quins started their season with a couple of losses going down at Llanelli (8 - 24) and Neath (15 - 18) before they won their first game of the season at Aberavon (28 - 12). Two home games followed with the Quins beating Swansea (10 - 6) and Bridgend (30 - 28). At the end of September they lost 13 - 26 at RGC. Since then they have played three straight games at home with them beating Llandovery (26 - 12), Llanelli (37 - 16) and, last weekend, Neath (39 - 17). They picked up bonus point wins in their last two games as they scored 5 and 6 tries respectively.
Looking at the West Premiership, in "attack" this season, Carmarthen have scored 22.9 points on average per game (ranked 5th) and 2.7 tries (ranked 6th). In "defence" they have conceded 17.7 points on average per game (ranked 2nd) and 2.4 tries (ranked 2nd). Aberavon have scored 26.0 points per game (ranked top) and 3.6 tries (ranked joint top), and conceded 24.9 points (ranked 5th) and 2.7 tries (ranked joint 3rd).
Head-to-head, Aberavon and Carmarthen have met each other 29 times in the Welsh National League with the Wizards leading the series 18 - 10 with 1 game drawn. At Carmarthen Park, the series is tied at 7 apiece, with the Wizards winning the last three league fixtures at the ground.
Looking back to when the sides met during the 2010-11 season at Carmarthen Park, Aberavon won 23 - 11. Home full back James Stephenson placed a Quins penalty after much pressure before the visitors scored their first try. Jamie Davies went away and though Will Price threw blindly as he was tackled, co-centre Richard Thomas had backed up and gathered to tear over with Jamie Davies converting. The Wizards scored their second try when quick hands sent Aberavon through with centres Price and Thomas at the fore. Left wing Steve Davies finished it off in the corner and Jamie Davies goaled well. In the second half the Quins again had a lot of play before gaining a pushover try by No 8 Chris Jones. A Jamie Davies penalty was followed by one from Stephenson, but Jamie landed two more fine shots to complete the game.
The Wizards starting fifteen that day was: Paul Bamsey; Richard Carter, Richard Thomas, Will Price, Steve Davies; Jamie Davies, Andrew Jenkins; Rowan Jenkins, Gareth Harvey, James Jones, Ian Moore, Rhydian Gierat, James King, Nathan Strong, Nathan Brown. Replacements used: David Pritchard, Lloyd Howell, Richard Morris, Andy Llewellyn, Anthony Edwards. Replacements Ricky Thomas and Ryan Curtis weren't used.
The referee for Saturday’s game is Robert Price, aided by Jon Hardy and Stuart Vaudin.