Preview: Bedwas v Aberavon
Posted by Gareth Gange on 08/11/2018
Bedwas have won three of their nine games this season, with them losing all four games at Bridge Field so far this season.
They lost their first five games of their Premiership campaign as they went down to Pontypridd, Merthyr, Llandovery, Newport and Carmarthen. They did pick up try-bonus points in their games against the Drovers and Quins, and losing-bonus points in their matches against the Black & Ambers and Quins.
They have won three of their last four games with their first win of the season coming away to Bargoed at the beginning of October with them winning 28 - 26. A loss to Cardiff (with losing bonus point) followed before they went to Cross Keys and came away victorious after winning 44 - 34, picking up a try-bonus point. In their last outing, at Parc y Scarlets, Bedwas beat Llanelli 25 - 23.
Looking at the Premiership, in "attack", Bedwas have scored 24.2 points on average per game (ranked 9th) and 2.9 tries (ranked joint 10th). In "defence" they have conceded 29.8 points on average per game (ranked 12th) and 3.9 tries (ranked 12th). Aberavon have scored 21.9 points per game (ranked 11th) and 3.0 tries (ranked 9th), and conceded 22.8 points (ranked 8th) and 3.1 tries (ranked joint 8th).
Head-to-head, Aberavon and Bedwas have met each other 34 times in the Welsh National League (including playoffs) with the Wizards leading the series 24 - 8 with 2 games drawn. At Bridge Field the series is tied with 7 wins each and 2 games drawn, with the sides drawing 17 - 17 the last time they met at the ground two seasons ago.
The sides first met at the ground in the league in March 2002. The match was the proverbial "game of two halves" with most of the opening period being a kicking match. At the end of the half Aberavon scored an interception try to take them into a 13 - 9 interval lead. Wing Sam Greenaway the try scorer with outside-half Jamie Davies converting and kicking two first half penalties. For Bedwas, their points came via two penalties by full back Paul Phillips and a drop goal by Paul Williams.
The Wizards then went up a gear in the second half as they went on to score 28 unanswered points with tries scored by replacement Mike Harris, centre Paul Morgan and a second try by Greenaway. Davies added two conversions and three penalties. His 21 points took him past David Love as the highest points scorer in a season for the club, a record that Love had held since 1993.
The Wizards team that day was: Matthew Back; Sam Greenaway, Paul Morgan, Scott Leighton, Nicky Bonham (rep Jonathan Williams); Jamie Davies, Daniel Hawkins; Rob Price (rep Mike Harris), Jason Hyatt (rep Kevin Allen), Greg Dix (rep Andrew Clatworthy), Steve Rees, Chris Gittins, Natano Tiatia (rep Alistair Rogers), Richard Morris, Andrew Thomas.
The referee for Friday’s game is Gareth John, aided by Jason Bessant and Alan Sheppard.