Preview: Aberavon v Carmarthen Quins
Posted by Gareth Gange on 11/10/2018
The Quins have won four of their six games this season. They kicked off their campaign losing 12 - 29 at home to Newport, but then won four straight. Their winning run started with a 41 - 28 bonus point win over Cross Keys at home, with the West Walians outscoring their visitors 6 - 4 on try count. A week later they beat Bargoed 19 - 14 away and followed this up by beating Cardiff 19 - 13 at Carmarthen Park. At the end of September, the Quins beat Bedwas 35 - 34 away from home with both sides scoring 5 tries each. Last weekend, Llanelli ended the Quins winning run when the visitors to Carmarthen Park narrowly beating the home side 19 - 18.
Looking at the Premiership, in "attack", Carmarthen have scored 24.0 points on average per game (ranked 9th) and 3.2 tries (ranked joint 8th). In "defence" they have conceded 22.8 points on average per game (ranked 5th) and 3.2 tries (ranked joint 7th). Aberavon have scored 26.2 points per game (ranked joint 6th) and 3.7 tries (ranked joint 5th), and conceded 20.5 points (ranked 4th) and 3.0 tries (ranked joint 5th).
Head-to-head, Aberavon and Carmarthen have met each other 31 times in the Welsh National League with the Wizards leading the series 18 - 12 with 1 game drawn. At the Talbot Athletic Ground, Aberavon lead 11 - 3 with 1 game drawn. However, the Quins won the fixture last season and have won on three of their last five visits to the ground.
Looking back at the first time both sides met in the league at the Talbot Athletic Ground (August 26th, 2000) the Wizards started well and had alot of possession. However, some poor decision making meant that Aberavon failed to make the most of this possession and went into half time just 6 - 3 up - two penalties for outside half Jamie Davies to a penalty by his opposite number Giles Thomas. In the second half the visitors scrummaging improved and drew level on the hour through a second Thomas penalty. In the last 10 minutes of the match, both outside halves exchanged penalties. In injury time Davies kicked a fourth penalty only to be cancelled out by a drop goal by Thomas from near the touchline. However, two minutes into injury time, Davies slotted another penalty. As if it was an action replay from before, Thomas again levelled the matters on 15 all with his second drop goal. Final score Aberavon 15 - 15 Carmarthen Quins.
The Wizards team that day was: Ricky Price; Sam Greenaway, Paul Morgan, Barry Maddocks, Grant Radford; Jamie Davies, Daniel Hawkins; Mike Harris, Jason Hyatt, Mark Thomas (rep Lloyd Howell), Mervyn Meredith, Mark Evans (capt), Kevin Evans, Ian Moore (rep Richard Morris), Andrew Thomas (rep Howard Merrett).
The referee for Saturday’s game is Jason Bessant, aided by Jon Hardy and Alan Sheppard.